Lenny Shedletsky Ph.D.
- PhD, Communication, University of Illinois
- MA, Broadcast Communication Arts, San Francisco State College
- Junior College Standard Teaching Credential
- BA, Speech and Theatre, Brooklyn College
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 Theories of Communication. 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:
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.
He is currently working on a paper titled, The Communication of Bullshit: Engaging Our Values. He taught a new senior seminar, Communicating Bullshit, in the Fall, 2017 and he plans to teach it again in the Fall, 2018.
Areas of Expertise
- Online and classroom discussion
- Concept Mapping
- Discourse analysis
- Critical thinking
- Intrapersonal Communication
Areas of Scholarship
Shedletsky, L. (2018). Seeing bullshit rhetorically: Human encounters and cultural values. Res Rhetorica, Vol. 5 (4), 30 - 44.
Shedletsky, L. (Ed.). Rationalist Bias in Communication Theory. (2021). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
Including two chapters by L. Shedletsky and one co-authored:
1) “Calling Bullshit”: A Model of Social Intuitionist Reasoning (co-authored with Bantz, Gabrielski, & El-Makarim Aboueissa)
2) What Does Social Intuition Theory Have to Do with Communicating?
3) How can we respond to complex social events before we are aware of what we think?
Shedletsky, L. (2017). 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.
Awards and Recognition
Awarded recognition for STELLAR scholarship and teaching, USM quadrennial review, 2011
The Russell Chair, 2009 - 2011
Awarded recognition for STELLAR scholarship and teaching, USM quadrennial review, 2007
Awarded recognition for STELLAR scholarship and teaching, USM quadrennial review, 2003