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Sharon E. Jarvis, PhD
University Distinguished Teaching Professor; Associate Professor; Associate Director for Research, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Department of Communication Studies
For me, teaching political communication is all about respect. I work to be respectful of students by learning their names; being curious about their backgrounds; connecting class content to their generation and current events; encouraging them to listen to—and learn from—each other; showing how they can use the theories and best practices of messaging in their daily lives; and drawing on seminal research and timeless questions that might encourage them to think about the role of language in a democracy long after the semester is over.