Dustin York

Assistant Professor of Communication

Maryville University

Dustin York, EdD, teaches as an assistant professor of communication and serves as the director of the undergraduate and graduate communications program at Maryville University. His PR experience spans the agency, corporate, and political realms; York has worked for major clients including Nike, PepsiCo., and Scottrade Financial Services and as the public relations consultant on a 2008 political campaign.

York’s doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between speakers’ nonverbal communication and audiences’ recall of spoken information. His method increased information recall by 22 percent and was published in Entrepreneur magazine and PR Daily. In 2016, he was included in St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list.

At Maryville, York has facilitated the launch of a student organization that tackles public relations projects for one client per semester. Clients have included the St. Louis Library and Safe Connections, an organization in St. Louis working to end domestic and sexual violence. He also serves as the faculty advisor to Pawprint, Maryville’s online student newspaper, and Saints Talk, a student sports podcast.

Notable Publications and Placements:

Non-verbal immediacy’s role in student learning,” Journal of Media and Communication Studies

Reading your client through facial ‘micro-expressions’,” PR Daily

5 keys to great nonverbal communication,” Entrepreneur


  • 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator
  • 2017 Maryville University Excellence in Teaching
  • 2016 St. Louis Business Journal 30 Under 30
  • 2016 Maryville University President’s Award for Transformational Innovation

Classes Taught:

COMM 121: Intro to Contemporary Communication

COMM 251: Principles of Strategic Communication

COMM 571: Strategic Communication Campaigns

COMM 673: Search Engine Optimization and Social Media

COMM 327: Social Media Campaigns

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nonverbal communication
  • Media relations/public relations
  • Public speaking
  • Professional Communication
  • Communication training
  • Social media
  • Promotion
  • Creative branding

Contact Info:

Phone: 314.529.9455

Email: dyork1@maryville.edu

Office: Anheuser-Busch Hall 3210