Professor Sharkey’s research focuses on the use of intentional embarrassment as a social tool. He has studied why and how people deliberately embarrass themselves and others and what the consequences are for doing so. Additionally, professor Sharkey has continued research in two other areas of interpersonal communication: (a) the interaction patterns (both vocal and visual behaviors) of blind and sighted conversationalists and (b) cultural differences in the way people communicate with each other.
Professor Sharkey teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses that deal with interpersonal communication. Specifically, he regularly teaches courses in conflict management, communication in helping relationships, strategic communication, interviewing and interrogation, and family interaction. He was awarded the Board of Regents Medal of Excellence for Teaching in 2006.
Professor Sharkey is presently the Editor of Communication Reports, a journal of the Western States Communication Association.
Professor Sharkey is also active in the community; he provides workshops and presentations that focus on conflict, listening, and interviewing skills.
Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication (Ohio State University, 1990).
M.A. in Communication Theory (Ohio State University, 1987).
B.A. in Speech Communication (Glassboro State University, 1985).
A.A.S. in Interpreters Education (American Sign Language) (Community College of Philadelphia, 1982).
• COMG 251: Principles of Effective Public Speaking
• COMG 290: Interviewing
• COMG 380: Family Communication
• COMG 381: Interpersonal Relations
• COMG 364: Persuasion
• COMG 390: Interrogation & Interviewing
• COMG 455: Conflict Management
• COMG 470: Nonverbal Communication
• COMG 490: The Helping Relationship
• COMG 601: Theories in Speech Communication
• COMG 602: Research Methods
• COMG 681: Relational Communication
• COMG 696: Patterns of Family Interaction
• COMG 781: Communication in Families: System Dynamics
• COMG 781: Strategic Interpersonal Communication
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