Dr. Ralston is a parent, public philosopher, ethicist, HR practitioner and interdisciplinary teacher-scholar.  He is a tenured faculty member at the Hazleton campus of Penn State University. He holds the rank and title of Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Dr. Ralston has taught Philosophy and Political Science since 2003 at more than a half dozen institutions (both colleges and universities) in two countries (U.S. and Canada). His research revolves around eight broad thematic areas: (i) sport, (ii) education, (iii) environment, (iv) politics, (v) ethics, (vi) business (esp. human resources), (vii) child welfare and (viii) policing.

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Shane J. Ralston, Ph.D.

Dr. Ralston’s professional experience extends beyond the academy to government (municipal administration) and business (management and human resources). He came to the academic world by way of careers in the bicycle industry and city government. He still rides road bicycles as a hobby.

Dr. Ralston has a son named Bran and a daughter named Athena. He is a volunteer cycling coach for area youth (USA Cycling Level 3).

Below is his abbreviated CV.  For a complete and up-to-date CV, see his Academia.edu page, here. For a list of his publications (most of which are downloadable), click here. For a list of courses he has taught, click here.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 2007

M.P.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University, 2015

M.P.A. in Public Administration, University of Montana, 2007

M.A. in Political Science, California State University Los Angeles, 2003

M.A. in PhilosophyCalifornia State University Long Beach, 2000

B.A. in Philosophy and Legal Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 1997

Scholarly Interests

American philosophy
social-political philosophy
environmental philosophy
environmental ethics/communication
public administration theory
business ethics
philosophy of sport
healthcare ethics
philosophy of education
normative ethics
international relations
democratic theory
child welfare/rights/abuse reporting
human resources ethics
organizational theory

Current Academic Appointments

Associate Professor (Philosophy), Pennsylvania State University Hazleton, PA, Spring 2015 to present

Past Academic Appointments

Online Instructor (Philosophy), Pennsylvania State University World Campus, Spring 2006 to Spring 2015

Assistant Professor (Philosophy), Pennsylvania State University Hazleton, PA, Fall 2009 to Winter 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor (Philosophy), University of Maine, Orono, ME, Fall 2008 to Spring 2009

Lecturer (Philosophy and Political Science), Western State Colorado University (formerly Western State College), Gunnison, CO, Fall 2004 to Spring 2006

Lecturer (Philosophy), Cypress College, Cypress, CA, Summer 2004 to Summer 2006

Instructor (Political Science), Platt College, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2004

Instructor (Philosophy), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), Fall 2003

Instructor (Philosophy), Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA, Spring 2003 to Summer 2003

Non-Academic Work Experience

Grant Proposal Writer

Program Administrator/Auditor

Policy Analyst

Warranty/Customer Service Supervisor

Employment Compensation Analyst

Job Classification Analyst

Employee Relations Specialist

Hotel Front Desk Agent

Bicycle Mechanic