Dr. Kortni Alston

Assoc. Prof of Journalism & Communications & Chair of the Dept. of Communication Art, & Design

Kortni is chair and associate professor of the Department of Communication, Art and Design. She is a happiness scholar, TEDx speaker, and Transformational Trainer. Her area of research is interdisciplinary, combining the areas of positive psychology, business administration, and media management. Her research concentrations are workplace well-being, happiness, and resilience at work.

She has served as an assistant professor at North Carolina A&T State University and lecturer in mass communication at Georgia College. Before joining the academy, she worked as a news director for WEAA-FM, an NPR member station in Baltimore, Md., owned by Morgan State University. She has more than 15 years of experience working as a television Reporter in Philadelphia, Houston, and Youngstown, Ohio.

Alston serves on the United States Advisory Board for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. She also hosts the Kourting Happiness podcast, ranked as one of the top 80 podcasts on happiness and the workplace.

She has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication. She received her Masters of Business Administration at Morgan State University and B.A. in Mass Communications from Delaware State University. Alston has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society that recognizes the top business students and scholars around the world.

Alston is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), and the National Black MBA Association.