Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Andrew Sharp

 Last Updated: June, 2010.

Address: School of World Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Room 104, Lafayette Hall, 312 North Shafer, Richmond, VA 23284-2021. E-mail: nsharp@vcu.edu

Education

1971 Ph. D. (English) Ohio State University

Dissertation -- Shakespeare's Baroque Comedy: The Winter's Tale.

1968 M. A. (English) Ohio State University

Thesis -- Self-Consciousness in the Poetry of George Herbert

1966 B. A. (with honors in English) University of Kansas

Experience

2010 to Present

Director, School of World Studies, College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University. Responsibilities. General administrative responsibility for the academic program, supporting personnel, and initiatives for refining and improving the School's programmatic direction.

2000 to 2009

Associate Chair, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University. Responsibilities. All aspects of scheduling and registration for classes, including faculty assignments, adjunct faculty supervision, student requests, etc. Chairing various departmental standing and special committees. Serving as primary departmental administrator when the department chair is unavailable.

1996 to 2000

Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University. Responsibilities. Teaching (British literature and business writing), research, and miscellaneous administrative assignments.

1993 to 1996

Associate Chair, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University. Responsibilities. All aspects of scheduling and registration for classes, including faculty assignments, adjunct faculty supervision, student requests, etc. Chairing various departmental standing and special committees. Serving as primary departmental administrator when the department chair is unavailable.

1990 to 1993

Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University. Responsibilities. Teaching (British literature and business writing), research, and miscellaneous administrative assignments (editing the university's faculty handbook, editing the university re-accreditation report, serving on various task forces, etc).

1978 to 1990

Director of Nontraditional Studies, Division of Continuing Studies & Public Service, and Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University.Responsibilities. General administrative responsibility for interdisciplinary, individualized degree programs (B.G.S. and M.I.S.), plus miscellaneous special projects ranging from the "Free University for Senior Citizens" to serving as Divisional External Affairs Officer.

1976 to 1978

Coordinator of Nontraditional Studies, Office of Continuing Studies, and Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University. Responsibilities. Preparation and implementation of the Bachelor of General Studies degree program.

1971 to present

Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University (tenure and permanent academic title granted in 1977; on administrative assignment in the Division of Continuing Studies & Public Service, 976-1990) Responsibilities. Teaching, research, and a variety of departmental administrative duties.

Selected Bibliography

1. Academic & Quasi-Academic Writings

"Shylock the Liberal: Review Essay of Martin Yaffe's Shylock and the Jewish Question." Menorah Review. 48 (Winter, 2000). 4-6.

"Henry Taylor's 'One Morning, Shoeing Horses'." Explicator. 57.1 (1998). 62-4.

“Goodman Ace.” The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: Volume I 1981-1985. New York: Scribner, 1998.

“Freeman Gosden.” The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: Volume I 1981-1985. New York: Scribner, 1998.

"Letter to the Editor (on Mark McGurl’s “Making it Big: Picturing the Radio Age in King Kong”, CI, Spring, 1996)," Critical Inquiry, Winter, 1997, 419-20.

“Anthony Hecht’s Rewriting of ‘Deniall’.” Cross-Bias, nos. 17-18 (1993-94), 3-7.

"Charles J. Correll." Dictionary of American Biography: Supplement Nine. New York: Scribner, 1994.

"Herbert and the Prose Style of King James I." Cross-Bias, no. 15 (1992), 2-4.

"`Privy Discourse' and Public Facade in the Early Stuart Court: The Earl of Salisbury's `Treatise to His Majesty'." Renaissance Papers 1991, 11-29.

"By Indirection Find Direction Out: The Geography of Hutchinson's Herbert Edition." Cross-Bias, no. 14 (1991), 4-6.

Thomas A. Greenfield and _______________. "Radio." In Handbook of American Popular Culture. Ed. M. Thomas Inge. 2nd ed., revised and enlarged. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1989. pp. 1127-53.

"Shakespeare's Shylock and Ours." In Persistent Prejudice: The Endurance of Anti-Semitism. Ed. Herbert Hirsch and Jack D. Spiro. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press, 1988. pp. 99-105.

"John Jay Anthony." Dictionary of American Biography: Supplement Eight. New York: Scribner, 1988.

"The Agony of Research." VCU Magazine. Summer, 1987. p. 4.

"Shakespeare's Shylock, and Ours." Menorah Review. Spring, 1985, pp. 3-5.

"Radio." In Concise Histories of American Popular Culture. Ed. M. Thomas Inge. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1982. (Selected for translation and inclusion in Mei Guong Tong Zuo Wen Hua Jian Shi. Guilin, Guanxi Province, PRC: Li Jiang Publishing House, 1988.)

"Radio." In Handbook of American Popular Culture, Vol. I. Ed. M. Thomas Inge. 1st ed. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1982. pp. 225-250.

"Edward Henry Peple: A Richmond Dramatist." Richmond Literary and Historical Quarterly. 5 (1980), 36-40.

"The Federal Theater Project Research Center at George Mason University." Resources for American Literary Study, 7 (1977), 152-7.

"George Herbert's 'Love (III)'." Explicator, 33 (1974), #26.

2. Administrative and Educational Writings

“Is Honor Obsolete?” The Shafer Court Connection (VCU Alumni Magazine). Fall, 1996. 21-2.

“Thoughts on a Wedding, a Funeral, and a Bar-Mitzvah.” Multiculturalism. April, 1995. 3. (also available on-line at: http://www.vcu.edu/safweb/counsel/MC/wedding.html)

Editor. The 1992-93 Self-Study Report to the Commission on Colleges of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University, 1993.

Editor. Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Handbook, 1993 Edition. Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University, 1993.

Editor. Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Handbook, 1990 Edition. Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University, 1990.

"The Varieties of Undergraduate Experience, Part III: VCU's Older Students." VCU Voice. February 15, 1989. pp. 6-7.

"Commentary: Are Curriculum Reformers Really as Dumb as They Seem?" and "Reply" (to Prof. Sonny Carle). VCU Voice. November 9 and December 7, 1988. p. 8.; p. 2.

with Edmund F. Ackell, Rozanne G. Epps, and Howard L. Sparks. "Adapting the University to Adult Students: A Developmental Perspective." Continuum, January, 1982. pp. 30-35.

Claudius W. Griffin and _______________. "The PR Grade: Real Progress." Freshman English News, 5. No. 3 (1977), 22.

"Credentialing Adult Educators." Adult Leadership, 25 (1976), 40-52.

"Among the Magazines." Childhood Education, 52 (1975), 104-5. 3. General Interest Writing

    • Frequent contributor and columnist for Richmond’s Northside Magazine and other general interest publications, primarily local.

Upon request, samples of speeches, interviews, book reviews, articles, and various organizational documents for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, Northside Magazine, and other local newsletters, magazines, organizations, and individuals can be made available. On-line versions of some samples are available at: http://www.people.vcu.edu/~nsharp/essaypg1.htm

Formal Papers, Talks, and Presentations

1. Academic Talks and Papers

Arabella Stuart.” NEH Summer Institute on “Writing by and about Renaissance Women.” July, 1996.

“Culture and Discourse of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Court.” NEH Summer Institute on “Writing by and about Renaissance Women.” July, 1995.

“King James I’s Theory of Monarchy.” NEH Summer Institute on “Writing by and about Renaissance Women.” July, 1994.

"Literature and the `Operations of Power:' The Earl of Salisbury's `Treatise to His Majesty' of 1609." Annual Meeting, Southeastern Renaissance Conference, April 5, 1991.

"Radio Bibliography." Annual Conference, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Popular Culture Association. Washington, D. C. October, 1977.

"Skepticism, Faith, and The Winter's Tale." Annual Meeting, Foreign Language Association of Virginia. Fairfax, VA. April, 1976.

E. A. Duke and _______________. "Verb Endings in Shakespeare." Annual Meeting, South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Washington, D. C. November, 1974.

2. Administrative and Pedagogical Talks and Papers

"Caesar's Wife: Who Not to Admit to Innovative Graduate Programs." Third Annual National Conference on Nontraditional and Interdisciplinary Programs. Arlington, VA. 1985.

"3D: A Model for Organizing Nontraditional Baccalaureate Programs for Credentialed Health Professionals." Annual Conference of the Virginia Association for Continuing Higher Education in the Health Professions. Washington, D. C. July 1984.

with Nancy Millner. "Counseling Adult Students." Second Annual Virginia Conference on Continuing Education Practices. Blacksburg, VA. February, 1984.

"How to Have a Conference Center Without Building One." First Annual Virginia Conference on Continuing Education Practices. Blacksburg, VA. December, 1982.

"Teaching Adults." Third Annual Summer Institute on College Teaching. Williamsburg, VA. August, 1981.

"Extra-Institutional Linkages." Annual Conference, National University Continuing Education Association, Region III. Biloxi, MS. October, 1979.

3. Recent Public Talks and Lectures

"Romance and Shakespeare's Heroines: Much Ado about Nothing." A talk to Theatre Virginia's "Speraking of Theater series. February, 1999.

"Writers of Classical Antiquity." A short course of five one-hour talks to the VCU Elderhostel,  each fall, 1993-1997.

"Shakespeare." A short course of five 75 minute talks to the VCU Elderhostel. Offered every April since 1989.

"Athanasius, Anthony, and Pachomius: The Literature of the Early Church in Egypt." Series of three talks for Grace Baptist Church. April, 1992.

"The Importance of Failure." Talk for the English Club, VCU. November, 1991.

    • A complete list of numerous lectures and talks given to local churches, libraries, community groups, professional associations, etc., can be made available upon request.

Communications Seminars and Consultations

“Effective Writing” Two day training seminar for supervisory and clerical employees, Training and Development Office, Virginia Commonwealth University, April, 1996.

"Effective Denial Letters." Seminars for AccessAmerica Corporation, Richmond, VA. October, 1991.

"Presentational Speaking." Series of consultations with VMDO, a Richmond based interior design firm specializing in hospitals and health facilities. Spring, 1991.

"Grant Writing." Consultation with the Adult Development Center, Richmond Public Schools. Summer, 1989.

"Effective Writing for the Public Sector." Training and Development Office, City of Richmond. Series of six two-day seminars on administrative writing for supervisory personnel from all branches of city government. Winter-Spring, 1988. (On a contract with VCU's Center for Public Affairs.)

"Grants Management." Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Virginia. Two two-day seminars (with Anthony DeLellis) on grant development and management. Fall, 1988. (On a contract with VCU's Center for Public Affairs.)

"Effective Writing." Governor's Employment and Training Division, State of Virginia. Set of three two-day seminars on report writing for GETD central staff. Spring, 1987.

"Communication Skills for Managers." Public Schools, Henrico County, Virginia. Three year program of communication seminars for all administrative and supervisory personnel. 1984-87. (On a contract with VCU's Management Center.)

 


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