Dr. Ralph Frasca of is the new chair of CSE’s communication department. Frasca, who holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism, has worked in academia for several decades, most recently as the former director of Gannon University’s school of communication and the arts.
He also chaired the department of communication at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, M.D and has been a professor at several different colleges and universities such as: Belmont Abbey College, Marymount University, Hofstra University and the University of Northern Iowa.
Frasca has written multiple books that emphasize the importance of mass media, including Benjamin Franklin’s Printing Network: Disseminating Virtue in Early America and The Rise and Fall of the Saturday Globe. His work has also been published in an array of academic journals, ranging from American Catholic Studies and Life and Learning to The Journal of Supreme Court History and the New Oxford Review.
His communication prowess has led Frasca to serve on a variety of research and leadership committees. He was the head of the Religion and Media Interest group for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, he was a member of the board of directors for the American Journalism Historians Association and served as a research committee member, within the law division, for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Frasca also possesses professional media experience and worked as a reporter for The Record in Hackensack, N.J., The Indianapolis Star in Indianapolis, Ind. and the News Tribune in Woodbridge, N.J.
Frasca received his bachelor’s in journalism, with a minor in speech communication, from Utica College of Syracuse University, his master’s in journalism, the research and teaching track, from Indiana University and his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Iowa.
Mary Colleen Robinson is on the staff of the College of Saint Elizabeth.