Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Shelley D. Lane

Associate Professor of Communication

Area:  COMM
Areas of Specialization:  Interpersonal and intercultural communication, the communication of civility, communication education

Office:  FO 2.710E
Office Hours:  By appointment only
Mail Station:  FO 16
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2028

I am someone who enjoys the laughter of children, the sound of a purring cat, and the love of a close family. I was once denigrated for possessing a "PBS mentality," but I take pride in this description and take pleasure in well-written programs such as Ken Burns' documentaries and shows that appear on "Masterpiece Theater" and "Mystery." I am an unapologetic Anglophile who spent the best year of her life as an exchange student at the University of Stirling, Scotland. I am also someone who has eclectic tastes in music. While visiting me in my office, you might hear 1920s jazz, Big Band music, Bach's fugues, ragtime, Chopin's preludes, and songs performed by Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, or the Beatles. My favorite composer is Mozart and my favorite opera is The Marriage of Figaro. I am a wife, a mother, and a college professor/administrator. I am a UCLA (Go Bruins!) and USC-Annenberg West alumna. I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who provide me with encouragement, therapy, and the knowledge that there are kind, empathic, and decent people in this world.

Unlike most university scholars who tend to focus on a particular line of research, I half-jokingly describe myself as an academic dilettante because I am interested in many areas of communication inquiry. Specifically, I am interested in communication pedagogy and have researched and published in the areas of classroom communication and communication education in general. My interest in communication pedagogy is evidenced in my textbooks, Interpersonal Communication: Competence and Contexts and Communication in a Civil Society (lead author). Another interest concerns perceptions of (un)civil communication and how (un)civil behavior influences attitudes and behaviors. The research presented in my competitively selected convention paper, "Civility, Power, and Deliberation in the Public Sphere" received the "Top Paper in Political Communication" award from the Eastern Communication Association in 2015. My book, Understanding Everyday Incivility, was published by Roman & Littlefield in 2017. Still another interest concerns intercultural communication; specifically, how culture influences perception and behavior. My memoir, A Stirling Diary: An Intercultural Story of Communication, Connection, and Coming-of-Age, offers illustrations of how culture influences communication. Other research interests include (the influence of technology on) interpersonal communication, gender communication, and the status of women in the academy.

I'm proud that many students enrolled in one or more of my communication courses now have successful careers in their chosen fields. One of my former students summarized his experience in an Interpersonal Communication class when he wrote, "I believe you were one of the most effective college professors I ever had. (I graduated in December and moved to Florida.) Since taking your class I have been able to: #1) Use the methods of effective communication both in my marriage and in the workplace on a regular basis. #2) I am able to identify specific communication problems as they arise. I honestly can't believe how much I learned from you and how much of a help your class has actually been in my life." I truly believe that the classes I teach make a long-lasting positive impact on students' lives. I am also a recipient of the "Minnie Stevens Piper Award" for teaching excellence.

As the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, I currently oversee the Freshman Seminar course and supervise the First Year Leaders (FYLs). FYLs are specially trained juniors and seniors who help instructors teach the Freshman Seminar. FYLs enroll in two of my courses, "Student Leadership" and "Theory and Practice of Group Motivation and Leadership." In addition to classes such as "Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication," and "U.S. American Communication," I have also taught first-semester freshmen in ARHM 1100, "Freshman Seminar," and continue to lead workshops on communication-related topics for the UT Dallas community and for local businesses and non-profit organizations.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Shelley D. Lane


Ph.D, "Communication Arts and Sciences," University of Southern California (Annenberg West)
M.A., "Communication Arts and Sciences," University of Southern California (Annenberg West)
B.A., "Communication Studies," University of California at Los Angeles

Curriculum Vitae:  Shelley D. Lane's CV