Ralph is the Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where he provides executive leadership for the portfolio of signature academic leadership programs, consultation services, and research initiatives. He engages directly with academic and administrative leaders in strengthening the Center’s role as a hub for leadership development research and initiatives. He also serves as an associate faculty member in the Ph.D. Program in Higher Education and part-time lecturer in the Department of Communication.
Ralph’s research and consulting interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, crisis, and training and development within the context of higher education.
Ralph’s research appears in numerous books and scholarly journals, and he has authored and co-authored several books, including the following:
- Crisis Leadership in Higher Education: Theory and Practice (Rutgers University Press, 2019)
- Leadership, Communication, and Social Influence: A Theory of Resonance, Activation, and Cultivation (with B. Ruben, Emerald Publishing, 2019)
- Leadership: Social Influence in Personal and Professional Settings (with B. Ruben & C. Goldthwaite, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2017)
- A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (with B. Ruben & R. De Lisi, Stylus Publishing, 2016)
Ralph is a National Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Department of Commerce). He is also actively involved in numerous boards and leadership teams, including the leadership team of the Training and Development Division for the National Communication Association and the Board of Directors for the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI).