Education

Ph.D., English Education
Vanderbilt University

M.A., English
Vanderbilt University

M.A.T., English
Vanderbilt University

B.A., English
Belhaven University

Contact Information

Email
615-322-3700
208 Olin Hall
VU Mailbox: PMB 351604, Nashville, TN 37235-1604 USA


Julie Sharp

Professor of the Practice of Technical Communications
Professor of the Practice of Technical Communications


Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
General Engineering (secondary)


Research Focus

My research interests are in the areas of job search communication, learning style theory, and integrating communication in engineering courses.  My courses prepare prospective engineers for future writing and presentation tasks at work. 

I developed and instruct the technical communication portions of two combined chemical engineering laboratory/technical communication courses, among the first such integrated courses offered in the U.S.  I also teach through the Division of General Engineering a technical communication course for all engineering majors, serving as course coordinator.  In 2012, I created the School of Engineering’s first engineering professional development course to help students hone communication skills and strategies for initiating careers. 

Examples of recognition for my contributions to engineering education include the following:

  • 2013 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Education and Training Writing for an article co-written with Christopher Rowe about implementing the engineering career development course
  • 2012 Apex Award for Excellence for an article about interview training for engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section’s 2004 Thomas C. Evans Award for “The Most Outstanding Paper Pertaining to Engineering Education” for a paper describing strategies for teaching communication in the chemical engineering senior laboratory

In addition, ASEE’s national magazine, PRISM, has published several articles mentioning some of my innovative teaching methods, such as methods for teaching oral presentations to engineers, using e-mail as a teaching tool, conducting mock telephone interviews with alumni employers, and using learning style theory to promote targeting the audience and enhancing teamwork skills.

As a communication consultant, I have presented training workshops for industry, educators, and professional organizations as well as written and edited award-winning documents for clients.

 

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Articles

Sharp, J.E., and C.J. Rowe.  “Implementing a Student-Suggested Course in Engineering Career Development.”  Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education 2013 Annual Conference, June 23-26, 2013, Atlanta GA, Paper 6832, Session T148-3.  Awarded 2013 Apex Award for Excellence in the Category of Education and Training Writing.

Sharp, J.E.“Behavioral Interview Training in Engineering Classes, “American Society for Engineering Education 2012 Conference Proceedings, June 10-13, 2012, San Antonio TX, Paper AC 2012-4199, Session W612.  Awarded 2012 Apex Award for Excellence in the Category of Education and Training Writing.

Dyrud, M.A., and J. E. Sharp, “Workshop - Putting More Punch in PowerPoint,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2009 39th Annual Conference, October 18-21, 2009, San Antonio TX.

Sharp, J.E., andM.A. Dyrud, “Two Perspectives on Peer Review,” American Society for Engineering Education 2009 Conference Proceedings, June 14-17, 2009, Paper 2009-420, Session 1361, Austin TX. 

Anderson-Rowland, M.R., and J.E. Sharp, “Helping Students (and Ultimately Faculty) Write an Effective Recommendation Letter,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2008 38th Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2008, Saratoga NY. 

Sharp, J.E., “Interview Skills Training in the Chemical Engineering Laboratory: Transporting a Pilot Project,” American Society for Engineering Education 2008 Conference Proceedings, June 22-25, 2008, Paper 2008-567, Session 2213, Pittsburgh PA.

Sharp, J.E., “Work in Progress:  Using Mock Telephone Interviews with Alumni to Teach Job Search Communication,” Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2006 36th Annual Conference, October 29-31, 2006, San Diego, CA. 

Sharp, J.E., "Work in Progress: Alumni Mentoring of Engineers in a Technical Communication Course," Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2004 34th Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2004, Savannah, GA. 

Sharp, J.E., “Using Alumni Networking to Teach Technical Communication,” American Society for Engineering Education 2004 Conference Proceedings, June 20-23, 2004, Paper 2004-1005, Session 2661, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Sharp, J.E., "A Resource for Teaching a Learning Styles/Teamwork Module with the Soloman-Felder Index of Learning Styles," Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2003 33rd Annual Conference, November 5-8, 2003, Boulder, CO.  Invited reprint in "Pace Report" column, edited by Michael J. Johnson, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Dec. 2004.

Sharp, J.E., "Teaching Strategies for Integrating Communication in the Chemical Engineering Lab,"American Society for Engineering Education 2003 Conference Proceedings, June 22-25, 2003, Paper 2003-859, Session 2793, Nashville, TN.  Awarded ASEE Southeastern Section's 2004 Thomas C. Evans Award for the Most Outstanding Instructional Paper Pertaining to Engineering Education Written in 2003. 

Sharp, J.E., B.M. Olds, R.L. Miller, and M.A. Dyrud, "Four Effective Writing Strategies for Engineering Classes," Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 88, No. 1, (January 1999), pp. 53-57.

Hunkeler, D., andJ.E. Sharp, "Assigning Functional Groups: The Influence of Group Size, Academic Record, Practical Experience, and Learning Style," Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 86, No. 4 (October 1997), pp. 321-332.

Sharp, J.E., "Applying Kolb Learning Style Theory in the Communication Classroom," Business Communication Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 2 (June 1997), pp. 129-134.  Invited article.

Invited Book Chapter

Sharp, J.E., “Rationale and Strategies for Using Kolb Learning Style Theory in the Classroom,”inLearning Styles and Learning: A Key to Meeting the Accountability Demands in Education.  R.R. Sims and S.J. Sims, eds. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2006, pp. 93-113.

Biography

Julie E. Sharp, Ph.D., teaches courses preparing prospective engineers for future writing and presentation tasks at work.  Her research interests are in the areas of communication and learning style theory in engineering education. 

Prof. Sharp developed and instructs the technical communication portion of two combined chemical engineering laboratory/technical communication courses, among the first such integrated courses offered in the U.S.  

Prof. Sharp has been recognized for her contributions to engineering education.  In 2013 Prof. Sharp and Christopher J. Rowe received a 2013 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Education and Training Writing for an article about implementing the engineering career development course.  In 2012, Prof. Sharp received an Apex Award for Excellence for her article about interview training for engineers.  She earned the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section’s 2004 Thomas C. Evans Award for “The Most Outstanding Paper Pertaining to Engineering Education” for her paper describing strategies for teaching communication in the chemical engineering senior laboratory.  ASEE’s national magazine, PRISM, has published several articles mentioning her innovative teaching methods, such as one quoting her extensively about teaching oral presentations to engineers.  One continuing course project pairs students with alumni employers in mock telephone interviews.  She also uses learning style theory to promote targeting the audience and enhancing teamwork skills.

Prof. Sharp has presented numerous published papers and workshops on engineering communication and learning style theory.  As a consultant, she has written award-winning documents for clients and presented workshops for educators, industry, and professional organizations.


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