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Sharon Lauricella, PhD

Sharon Lauricella

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Dr. Lauricella is a leader in spiritual communication research, and focuses on nonviolent communicative strategies in teaching, spirituality, and food advertising.

Dr. Sharon Lauricella is an award-winning university professor.  She is a two-time recipient of the UOIT Teaching Award, the CJPS Faculty Teaching Award, and has been nominated for provincial and national teaching recognition.  Sharon instructs courses including Nonviolent Communication, Professional Writing, Advanced Writing, Communication Ethics, and Public Speaking.

Sharon holds a doctoral degree from Cambridge University in England. Her undergraduate work was completed in Boston, Massachusetts, and Edinburgh, Scotland. She has climbed mountaintops all over the world, and has been a practitioner of yoga for more than 10 years, having studied all over North American with the world’s leading instructors.

Sharon is keenly interested in the interplay between spirituality and communication, and is Chair of the Spiritual Communication Division at NCA.  She has published articles on the spiritual component of Lil’ Wayne’s blog from prison and is currently analyzing media representations of meditation in cultural context. Sharon is also a forerunner in the new and progressive area of “food communication” – the study of advertising, films, and blogs that address the consumption (or non-consumption) of animal products, and how food is considered in the contexts of nutrition, medication, and culture.  Additional research in which Sharon is engaged includes a variety of studies of the student experience with technology in learning.  One of Sharon’s most cited publications on laptops in higher education is available by clicking  here.  Sharon’s scholarship has been published in a variety of academic journals including (but not limited to) Mindfulness, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Journal of Peace Education, and Journal of Communication and Religion.


Kay, R. H. & Lauricella, S. (2015). Investigating and comparing communication media used in higher education. Journal of Communication Technology and Human Behaviors, 2(1), 1-20.

Lauricella, S.  (2014).  Judging by the way animals are treated:  Gandhi as a manifestation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  Gandhi Marg, 35(4), 655-674.

Lauricella, S.  (2014).  Mindfulness meditation with undergraduates in face-to-face and digital practice:  A formative analysis.  Mindfulness, 5(6), 682-688. Retrieved from 

doi: 10.1007/s12671-013-0222-x

Douai, A. & Lauricella, S.  (2014).  The “terrorism” frame or “neo-Orientalism”:  How Western media cover Islam’s Sunni-Shia sectarian relations after 9/11.  International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 10(1), 7-24.

Kay, R. H. & Lauricella, S. (2014).  Investigating the benefits and challenges of using laptop computers in higher education.  Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 40(2), 1-25.

Lauricella, S.  (2013).  Performing spirituality:  Lil’ Wayne’s letters from a New York jail.  Urban God Talk:  Rap, Religion and a Spirituality of Hip Hop. Andre Johnson, Ed.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.

Baesler, E. J. & Lauricella, S.  (2013).  Teach peace!  Assessing instruction of the nonviolent communication and peace course.  Journal of Peace Education.  doi: 10.1080/17400201.2013.777899

Lauricella, S. & Kay, R. H.  (2013).  Exploring the Use of Text and Instant Messaging in Higher Education Classrooms.  Research in Learning Technology, 21.

Lauricella, S.  (2012).  The lifetime of prayer:  A review of literature on prayer throughout the life course.  Journal of Communication and Religion, 35(3), 209-236.

Lauricella, S. & Alexander, M. (2012).  Voice from Rikers:  Spirituality in hip hop artist Lil’ Wayne’s prison blog.  Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 24(1).  doi:10.3138/jrpc.24.1.15

Courses Taught

  • COMM 1310: Public Speaking
  • COMM 3110: Communication Ethics
  • COMM 4120: Contemporary Issues in Communication
  • COMM 4310: Non-violent communication
  • COMM 4610: Communication and Conflict Resolution

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