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.
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 Philosophy, California State University Long Beach, 2000
B.A. in Philosophy and Legal Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 1997
public administration theory
philosophy of sport
philosophy of education
child welfare/rights/abuse reporting
human resources ethics
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
Warranty/Customer Service Supervisor
Employment Compensation Analyst
Job Classification Analyst
Employee Relations Specialist
Hotel Front Desk Agent