Dr. Steven M. Ralston

Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts

Steven M. Ralston

Prior to joining Marist, Dr. Ralston was professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, where he oversaw the university's largest undergraduate major and a sizeable Master of Arts program. Previously, he was professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Visual Art at the University of Michigan-Flint, and director of the Oral Communication Proficiency Program and assistant director of the Teaching and Learning Center at East Tennessee State University. He has also served on the faculty at Iowa State University and Creighton University.

Dr. Ralston has a PhD from Indiana University in communication theory and research, an MA in speech communication from the University of Tennessee, and a BA in speech and theatre from Old Dominion University. His research interests include the study of organizational and business communication and, in particular, employment interviewing.

He has written more than 60 articles, papers, and presentations. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly publications including the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Education, the Journal of Business Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and the Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. He is the former editor of the Journal of Business Communication and past president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. He serves on the editorial review boards of several scholarly journals.

Dean Ralston was recently elected by the Association for Business Communication (ABC) Board of Directors to serve on the ABC Publications Board. The Publications Board oversees ABC's two scholarly publications: Journal of Business Communication and Business Communication Quarterly, both published by Sage.