Department of Communication

Sharmila Pixy Ferris

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Office:   Hobart Hall 204
Phone:   (973) 720-3338
Email:Ferriss@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:  

Department: Communication
Position: Professor: Interpersonal/Communication Studies
Area Specialization: Computer mediated communication, group and organizational communication

Education:
Ph. D. Communication, the Pennsylvania State University
M. A. English, Eastern Kentucky University
B. A. Hons  Psychology and English, Berea College
B. A. Economics and Political Science, St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University

Professional Experience:
2012-present              Director, M.A. in Professional Communication, William Paterson University

2006-2011                  Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, William Paterson University

2000-2006                  Director, M. A. in Media Studies, William Paterson University

1994-present              Professor, Department of Communication, William Paterson University

1990-1994                  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University           

1988-1989                  Adjunct Faculty, Lexington Community College/University of Kentucky

1986-1989                  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Eastern Kentucky University, 1986-1989     

Books:
Ferris, S. P., & Wilder, H. A. (2013). The Plugged in Professor: Tips and Techniques for Teaching with Social Media.  Oxford, UK: Woodhead Publishing

Ferris, S. P. (2011). Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation: Concepts and Tools for Reaching Digital Learners. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Zheng, R. & Ferris, S. P. (Eds.) (2007). Online Instructional Modeling: Theories and Practices. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Ferris, S. P., & Godar. S. H. (Eds.) (2005). Teaching and learning with virtual teams. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.

Godar, S., & Ferris, S. P. (Eds.) (2004). Virtual and collaborative teams: Theory, process and practice. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.

Ferris, S. P., Minielli, M., Phillips, K., & Mallard, J. (2003). Beyond survival in the academy: A practical guide for beginning academics.  Hampton Press.

Refereed Journal Articles:
Wilder, H., Ferris, S. P., & An, H. (2010). Exploring international multicultural field experiences in educational technology.  Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 4(1), pp. 30-42. (pp. 30-42)           

Minielli. M. C., & Ferris, S. P. (2008). More than a Historian – Herman Cohen: Incomparable teacher, exemplary scholar. The Pennsylvania Scholars Series. The Pennsylvania Communication Association.

Wilder, H., & Ferris, S. P. (2007). Using a wiki to write about wikis.  Journal of Electronic Publishing, 10(2).  Available online http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3336451.0010.210

Barnes, K., Marateo, R., & Ferris, S. P. (2007, April/May). Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation. Innovate, 3(4). Available online www.innovateonline.info/

Wilder, H., & Ferris, S. P. (2006, summer). Communication technology and the Evolution of knowledge. The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 9(2). University of Michigan Press.  Available on line http://www.hti.umich.edu/j/jep/

Ferris, S. P. & Wilder, H. (2006, June/July). Uses and potentials of wikis in education. Innovate, 2(5), Available on line www.innovateonline.info/

-------- Spanish translation of the above article is available from Associació Espiral, Educació i Tecnologia at http://ciberespiral.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=85&Itemid=61

Minielli, M. C. & Ferris, S. P.  (2005). Electronic courseware in higher education.  First Monday, 10 (9).  Available online http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue10_9/minielli/index.html

Roper, S. & Ferris, S. P. (2005). MOOs as virtual communities: A case study of the DragonWings MOO. In S. Dasgupta (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies, Hershey, PA: Idea Group.

Ferris, S. P. & Minielli, M. (2005). Teams and electronic technologies. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Vol. I-V, pp. 234-241. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.

Ferris, S. P., & Roper, S. (2003). Same and cross-gender intimacy in a virtual environment. Qualitative Research Reports, 39 (1), 47-55.

Ferris, S. P. (2002). Electronic writing: Effects of computers on traditional writing. The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 8 (2). University of Michigan Press. Available online http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/08-01/ferris.html

Mallia, K. L. &  Ferris, S. P. (2001). Telework: A review of advantages and disadvantages. The Electronic Journal of Communication,10 (3-4). (Also available online: www.ciso.org/getfile\MALLIA_ V10N3400)

Ferris, S. P., & Montgomery, M. (1996). The New Orality: Oral characteristics of computer-mediated communication. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 4, 55-60.

Ferris, S. P. (1996). Cultural and relational aspects of women’s communication in on-line discussion groups. Interpersonal Computing and Technology, 5, 29-40. (Available on-line: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/optek/1996/n3/ferris.txt)

Ferris, S. P. (Accepted 2003; Never published).  Technology and educators’ changing roles. The Technology Source.  A journal published by Michigan Virtual University.

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed):
Ferris, S. P., & Minielli, M. C. (Forthcoming). Using electronic courseware: Lessons for educators. In S. Hoffman & K. Robison (Eds.) Digital Discourse: Teaching the Humanities in an Online Environment. M. E. Sharpe.

Ferris, S. P. (2010). Assessing service learning activities. In B. Hugenberg, D. Worley, L. Hugenberg and D. Worley (Eds.) Best Practices in Experiential and Service Learning in Communication, pp. 30-40. Kendall/Hunt.

Ferris, S. P. (2009). Potentials for social networking and the public good. In R. Zheng, J. Burrow-Sanchez & C. Drew (Eds.). Adolescent Online Social Communication and Behavior: Relationship Formation on the Internet, pp. 167-182. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Ferris, S. P. & Ciliberti, A. (2009).Assessing learning literacies at William Paterson University. In T. Banta, B. Jones and K. Black (Eds.) Profiles of Good Practice in Assessment, pp. 66-75. Jossey-Bass.

Wilder, H., & Ferris, S. P. (2007). Communication technology and the evolution of Knowledge. In N. M. Abdallaoui  (Ed.), Academic Reading Course for Information Science Students. Ecole des Sciences de l'Information, Morocco. (Editor contact information: nabdallaoui@esi.ac.ma )

Ferris, S. P. (2004). Women in the internet culture. In V. Mclean & C. Wells (Eds.) Racism and sexism: A collaborative study, pp. 127-138. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Ferris, S. P. & Minielli, M. C. (2004). Technology and virtual teams. In S. P. Ferris & S. H. Godar (Eds.), Virtual and Collaborative Teams: Theory, Process and Practice, pp. 193-211. Hershey, PA: Idea Group

Journal Articles (Non-Refereed):
Ferris, S. P., & Overdorf, V. (2004, Oct-Nov). Incorporating assessment into the culture of a university. The American Association of Higher Education’s Assessment Update, pp. 7-9.

Ferris, S. P. (2004 & 2005). What is CMC? A scholarly review of definitions. In CIOS Supplemental Reader, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Plymouth, MI: Hayden McNeil.

Overdorf, V., & Ferris, S. P. (2003, Fall). Developing a culture of assessment at a comprehensive university. Assessment Matters. William Paterson University.

Ferris, S. P. (August 1998). Understanding virtual technologies: A review of Virtual Realism.Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine. Available on-line: http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/1998/aug/ferris/htm

Ferris, S. P. (June 1997). Writing in cyberspace.  Computer Mediated Communication  Magazine. Available on-line: http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/1997/jun/ferris/htm

Ferris, S. P. (January 1997). What is CMC? A scholarly review of definitions. Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine. Available on-line: http://www.http://www.december.com/ cmc/mag/1997/jan/ferris/htm

Conference Paper:
Ferris, S. P. (2010, June). Principles for Good Online Education: Some Lessons in Teaching Effectively with CMS technologies. (Featured presenter). Paper to be presented at the 2010 Lilly East conference, Washington D. C.

Ferris, S. P. (2009). Teaching and learning with the Net Generation. (Featured presenter). Lilly East conference, Newark, Delaware.

Ferris, S. P. (2008). Are you ready for a Second Life?. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ferris, S. P. (2008). Cohen’s influence from a social science perspective. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Wahrman, M. Weiland, L., Ferris, S. P., Ciliberti, A. (2008). Assessing learning literacies in the WPUNJ curriculum by measuring student competencies.  Paper presented at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Conference, Boston, MA.

Ferris, S. P., Ciliberti, A., Wahrman, M. (2007). Assessing learning literacies: Meeting standards 11 & 12. Paper presented at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Ferris, S. P. (2007). Infusing educational pedagogical theory into conversations of communication, instruction and learning.  Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Ferris, S. P. (2007). Diversifying conceptions of the American family. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Providence, Rhode Island.

Barnes, K, Marateo, R., & Ferris, S. P. (2007, April). Characteristics of the Net Generation. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Providence, Rhode Island.

Ferris, S. P. (2005, November). Effective teaching and learning with virtual teams. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Minielli, M., C., & Ferris, S. P. (2005. May). Electronic courseware in higher education . Paper presented at the International Communication Association, New York, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (2005, April). Pedagogy and cyberspace: A roundtable on the evolving pedagogy of online learning. Panel at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ferris, S. P. & Godar, S. H. (2005, March 18). Keynote address: Assessment of e-learning.  Presented at the NJEDge Conference, Wayne, New Jersey.

Ferris, S. P. (2003, Nov). Virtual and collaborative teams: Process, technologies and practice. Paper presented at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, Miami Beach, FL.

Ferris, S. P. (2003, March). Women in technology careers. Celebration of Women Annual Conference. Seton Hall University, W. Orange, NJ.

Ferris, S. P. (2003, March). Women online: How women relate to computers and the internet. ALANA conference, Bloomfield, NJ.

Ferris, S. P. (2002, November). Maximizing student learning with CMC. Paper presented at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Ferris, S. P. (2002, April). The role of search and rescue dogs after September 11, 2001. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association, New York.

Ferris, S. P. (2001, November). Women and telework. Paper presented at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, Seattle, WA.

Ferris, S. P. (2001, November). The “electronically engaged” discipline: Exploring the benefits and limitations of instructional technology software in the communication classroom. Panel presented at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, Seattle, WA

Ferris, S. P. (2001, October). In the net of life: The human-animal connection. Paper presented at the New York State Communication Association Annual Conference, Monticello, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (2001, May). Writing visually for the world-wide web. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Washington, D. C.

Godar, S. H., Ferris, S. P., & Bliss, J. (2001). Feedback in cyberspace education; Cybertheory and the dynamics of the changing classroom. Paper presented at the United States Military Academy’s “Building Bridges to Learning” Conference, Westpoint, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (2000, November). Beyond survival in the academy. Paper presented at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, Seattle, WA.

Ferris, S. P. (2000, April). Building assessment for service learning. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Ferris, S. P. (1999, October). Approaches to volunteerism as a means of connection to communities. Paper presented at the New York State Communication Association Annual Conference, Monticello, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (1999, May). Computer- mediated communication and task effectiveness in small groups.  Paper presented at the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Ferris, S. P. (1999, April). Empowering minorities through technology. Paper presented at the New Jersey Communication Association Inaugural Conference, Rider, NJ.

Ferris, S. P. (1999, January). Re-assessing faculty roles and rewards at the comprehensive public university. Paper presented at the AAHE Faculty Roles and Rewards Conference, San Diego, California.

Ferris, S. P. (1998, October). Technology and identity in speech communication. Paper presented at the New York State Communication Association Annual Conference, Monticello, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (1998, November).Technological literacy: Implications for educators.  Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association's Annual Convention, New York, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (1998, November). Same and cross-gender relationships in a virtual  environment.  Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association's Annual Convention, New York, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (1998, April). Conversation management in computer-mediated communication. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Ferris, S. P (1997, November). Gender stereotyping  in the 1995 New York Times. Paper presented at the National Communication Association's Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Ferris, S. P (1997, November). Computer-mediated communication in education: Adoption and usage. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Ferris, S. P.  (1997, May). Education in cyberspace.  Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Ferris, S. P. (1997, April). Cyberspace, the next generation. Paper presented at the New Jersey Communication Association Inaugural Conference, Montclair, NJ.

Ferris, S. P. (1997, April). Implications for nonverbal communication in computer-mediated communication research. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Ferris, S. P. (1996, November). Formative influences: Woolbert and Winans and the development of speech communication as a discipline. Paper presented at the Association for Rhetoric of Science Pre-conference at the Speech Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA.

Ferris, S. P. (1996, November). Moving toward tenure: Developing a tenure portfolio. Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA.

Ferris, S. P. (1996, April). Webgrrls in the internet culture. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Ferris, S. P. (1996, April). Gender, technology, and empowerment: Gender stereotyping in the 1995 New York Times. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, New York, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (1996, April). Cultural and relational aspects of women's communication in on-line discussion groups. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, New York, NY.

Ferris, S. P. (1995, November). The Experimental social scientific model in Speech Communication research: Influences and consequences. Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, Texas.

Ferris, S. P. (1995, April). The new orality: Oral characteristics of computer-mediated communication . Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ferris, S. P. (1995, April). Individual gender differences in satisfaction with computer-mediated and face-to-face communication in decision-making groups.  Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ferris, S. P. (1994, November). Computer-mediated communication and organizational choice.  Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Convention, New Orleans,  LA.

Ferris, S. P. (1994, May). Computer-mediated communication in problem-solving groups.  Paper presented at the Conference on Corporate Communication, Hackensack, NJ.

Ferris, S. P. (1994, April). The development and validation of a measure of orality and literacy in computer-mediated communication. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Washington D. C.

Ferris, S. P. (1992, April). A critique of symbolic convergence theory. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Portland, Maine.

Consulting:
In the areas of Organizational Development, Diversity Training, Soft Skills Training in areas such Leadership, Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills. 

Clients have included State Farm, BAE Electronics , Bel-Art and Maddox, AAA of New Jersey, RTP Environmental, Reckitt & Benckiser and TNT Educational Services

Professional Associations:
International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Eastern Communication Association

American Association of Higher Education (until 2005, when AAHE was dissolved)

Service: 

Leadership in Service:
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2005-2011

Graduate Program Director, Media Studies program, 2000-02 and 2003-2006

Senate Executive Committee, 2003-2004 & 2005-2007

Assessment Coordinator, College of Arts and Communication, 2000-02 (during Middle States accreditation)

Chair, Department of Communication Graduate Curriculum Committee, 2000-02 and 2003-2006

Chair, Senate Assessment Committee, 2000-2002

Chair, Institutional Review Board, 1999-2001

Chair, Senate Research Council, 1997-99

Advisor to Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, 1995-2001

Chair, Communication Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 1996-97

Selected Service to the University:
Learning Communities Committee, 2006-present

Learning Spaces Committee, 2007-present

Learning Literacies Team, 2004-present

Retention Management Committee, 2006-present

Board of Trustees Minority Committee, Faculty representative 2005-2009

IT Advisory Group, 2005-present

Race and Gender Project Steering Committee, 2000-present

University Summer Enrolment Committee, 2006-7

New Jersey Faculty Development Network, 2005-2007

Women’s Center Advisory Board, 2001-5

Asian Studies Scholarship Committee, 2006-2009

Asian Studies Committee, 2003-present

University Graduate Director’s Council, 2000-02 and 2003-2008

Faculty Senator, 2002-2009, and 2010-present

Search Committee for Provost, 2005-2006

University Range Adjustment Committee, 2007-8

University Promotion Committee, 2005

Department DAC Committee, 2004-5

Department Graduate Curriculum Committee, 2004-present

Department Range Adjustment Committee, 2004-5

Academic Standards Task Force of Timely Degree Completion Initiative, 2003-4

Department Promotion Committee, 2003-4

University Faculty Range Adjustment Committee, 2001, 2002, 2004

WPUNJ Institutional Review Board, 1998-2004

Citizenship and Outreach:
Board of Trustees, Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge 2010-present

Dissertation Award Committee, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender, 2007 & 2008

Literacy Volunteers of America, 2005-2009

Domestic Violence Response Team volunteer, Hawthorne, 2005-present

Outreach and Service, Catholic Campus Ministry, 1995-2010

Workshops and presentations for the New Jersey Project, 2000-present

Judge, Harold Innis Dissertation Awards, 2002

Chair, Human Information Technology Interest Group, Eastern Communication Association, 1996-97

Planning Committee Member, New Jersey Communication Association Inaugural Conference, 1997

Nomination for Dean's Research and Scholarship Award, 1996

Judge, International Forensics Tournament, 1996 (in London, England)

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