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Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership and Distinguished Professor of Communication


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Brent Ruben is director of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), and the University Predoctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), and a member of the University Administrative Council. He is also a faculty member of the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Education, on which he serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Ph.D. Program in Higher Education.


University of Iowa
Ph.D., Communication

University of Iowa
M.A., Mass Communication

University of Iowa
B.A., Psychology, Advertising


Brent Ruben's scholarship focuses on communication systems theory, and on the application of communication systems concepts to enhance personal and professional competence and organizational strategy in varying settings—interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, health, educational, and leadership. He is the author of more than 50 books and 200 journal articles and book chapters, and he was the founding editor of Communication Yearbook.

Ruben was one of the founding faculty members of the Department of Communication and he served as chair of the department for a number of years. He was also the first director of the integrated communication, information, and library science Ph.D. program.

Research Keywords

Centers, Labs, and Clusters

Funded Projects

Senior Consultant, Lumina Foundation – National Association of College and University Business Officers, Challenge 2010, Malcolm Baldrige Higher Education Project, 2009-2012

Project Director, The Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education in the United States: A Case Study, National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2007

Project Director, Rutgers-Johnson & Johnson, Organizational Assessment and Improvement Partnership and Graduate Assistantships ($750,000), 1993-2006

Project Director, Leaders of Tomorrow Program, AT&T Foundation ($40,000), 2001-2002

Project Director, Rutgers-Johnson & Johnson Knowledge Networking Group ($150,000), 2001-2004

Selected Publications

Ruben, B. D.., and R.A. Gigliotti. Leadership as Social Influence: An Expanded View of Leadership Communication Theory and Practice. Leadership and Organizational Studies, pp. 1-13, May, 2016. (A)

Ruben, B. D., R. DeLisi, and R. A.Gigliotti, A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, andTools. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2016 (in press).

Ruben, B. D., The Excellence in Higher Education Guide: A Framework for the Design, Assessment, and Continuous Improvement of Institutions, Departments andPrograms - Eighth Edition. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. 2016. 

Ruben, B.D., and L.Stewart, Communication and Human Behavior - Sixth Edition. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt, 2016. 

Awards & Recognitions

Recipient, National Consortium for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI), Leveraging Excellence Award, 2012

Rutgers University Athletics, Faculty Excellence Award, 2011

Rutgers University Daniel Gorenstein Award for outstanding scholarship and contributions to the university, 2000

National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI), Brent D. Ruben Award—first recipient of annual award named in Ruben's honor initiated to recognize distinguished contributors to the advancement of excellence in higher education

National Communication Association, Gerald Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Scholarship, 2004


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