Communication and Media Studies Department

Lenny Shedletsky Ph.D.

Professor of Communication


98 Bedford Street

Office Hours Summer 2016

By appointment. Please email for an appointment.

Contact Information

Phone: (207)780-5437

Leonard J. Shedletsky, PhD., Professor of Communication, has been teaching in the Department of Communication at the University of Southern Maine since 1979. With a background in psycholinguistics,his perspective on human communication is cognitive. In this connection, he teaches a course on intrapersonal communication and one on meaning. He has published several books on intrapersonal communication and numerous articles, chapters and conference papers. In recent years he has become interested in the Internet as a form of cognitive technology, with a special interest in education. He co-authored a book in 2004, Human Communication on the Internet. He regularly teaches Introduction to Communication, Research Methods, Intrapersonal Communication, Meaning and Communication, and Internet & Society. In 2010-11 he offered a new senior seminar, Discussion (CMS 498) in which students facilitated discussion online and face-to-face. He has taught a course in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (for people aged 55 years and older), Internet for Seniors, and offered an undergraduate course in tandem on Intergenerational Communication and the Internet. He was awarded recognition by his colleagues and the administration at USM for STELLAR scholarship and teaching, 2003, 2007 & 2011 and was awarded the Russell Chair in philosophy and education for 2009-2011. Take a look at a presentation he created for one of his courses online, a Russell Chair event and a webinar. In 2010, he published a book with IGI-Global, Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction: Experiences and Outcomes. In the fall, 2014, he published the book, Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking through Visual Representation Strategies.


Research Interests

  1. Online and classroom discussion
  2. Mapping
  3. Discourse analysis
  4. Critical thinking

Recent Publications

Shedletsky, L. (forthcoming). Intrapersonal Communication.  Mike Allen (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods.

Shedletsky, L. and Beaudry, S. J. (Eds.). (2014). Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking through Visual Representation Strategies. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Shedletsky, L.  (2014). Can Mapping Improve the Quality of Critical Thinking in Essay Writing in an Introductory Level, Core Curriculum Class? In L. Shedletsky and S. J. Beaudry (Eds.). (2014). Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking through Visual Representation Strategies. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Shedletsky, L. and Aitken, J. E. (Eds.). (2010). Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction: Experiences and Outcomes.  Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Shedletsky, L.  (2010).  Critical Thinking in Discussion: Online versus Face-to-Face.  In D. Russell (Ed.).  Cases on Collaboration in Virtual Environments: Processes and Interactions.  Hershey, PA.:  Information Science Reference.

Shedletsky, L. (2009). Interaction Analysis. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Shedletsky, L. (2008).  Cognition.  The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford, OX4 2DQ, UK: Blackwell Publishing.  International Encyclopedia



Communication and Media Studies Production Tour

Take a video tour of some of the production courses offered by Media Studies professors and instructors in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at USM. Thank you to Sokhean Jonny Ouk for producing this video.

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