Communication and Media Studies Department

Lenny Shedletsky Ph.D.

Professor of Communication


98 Bedford Street

Office Hours Fall 2015

Mondays and Wednesdays 10 AM-Noon. 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. This past year (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

Communication & Media Studies Spring 2016

The Communication and Media Studies preliminary list of courses for Spring 2016 is available. New courses for spring include a senior seminar course in communication-Argumentation and Advocacy, and a new production topic course on Film Directing.

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