Nicholas A. Sharp -- Brief Biography



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Born January 24, 1944, in Kansas City, Missouri. Reared in eastern Kansas. Graduated from Shawnee-Mission North High School in Johnson County, Kansas, in 1962. Attended the University of Kansas, graduating in 1966 with a B.A. in English. Attended the Ohio State University and received M.A. (1968 -- Thesis: Self-Consciousness in George Herbert’s Poetry) and Ph.D. (1971 -- Dissertation: Shakespeare’s Baroque Comedy: The Winter’s Tale) degrees in English. 

Lived in Richmond's Museum District since  1971. Married to Linda Kotheimer Sharp, a graduate (Phi Beta Kappa) of Ohio State University and former high school and college English teacher. Has participated actively with various local and community organizations, including St. Benedict's Church, the Advisory Board and the PTA of Richmond Community High School, the West of the Boulevard Civic Association, and Humphrey Calder Recreation Center. Fourteen children; eight grandchildren. 


Academic and  
Administrative Career 

Since 1971, Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching a variety of literature and writing courses. In 1976, became Coordinator of Nontraditional Studies in VCU's Division of Continuing Studies, a full-time administrative position. In 1979, became Director of Nontraditional Studies, having responsibility for two interdisciplinary degree programs for adult and nontraditional students (B.G.S. and M.I.S.), plus a number of other areas such as "The Free University for Senior Citizens," study abroad programs, and public service courses. In 1990, returned to full time teaching and research in the English department.  Served as Associate Chair of the Department of English at VCU from 2000 to 2009. Currently serving as Director of the School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Has published numerous chapters, articles, reviews, and papers on English literature and American popular culture, adult education, continuing education, administration, and general interest subjects. 

Has done a wide variety of writing and editing for university publications, including numerous speeches and ceremonies for university activities, the VCU faculty handbook, and the university reaccreditation report. Has been a regular contributor to Richmond’s monthly North of the James (formerly Northside) Magazine


and Workshops

Since 1977, has done numerous consultations and training programs in managerial communications skills for local and national corporations, government agencies, and professional associations, including Magic Pan Restaurants Corporation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Transportation Safety, the DMV, the Governor's Employment and Training Division, the IRS, the Defense Logistics Agency, the American Institute of Banking, the American Management Association, and many others. 



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