Dr. Pavica Sheldon

Department Chair, Communication Arts Department


Dr. Sheldon came to UAH in 2011 after finishing her doctoral degree at Louisiana State University. She teaches classes in interpersonal and mass communication, and conducts research in the area of social media and communication about body image. She is the author of a book, "Social Media: Principles and Applications." In addition, she has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. In 2015 she won the Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award from Southern States Communication Association.

Dr. Sheldon enjoys working with students on their research projects and encourages them to participate in professional conventions where they can present their work and also network with other colleagues. Dr. Sheldon strives to create a friendly and respectful atmosphere in her classrooms, allowing students to freely express their ideas and ask questions.

Dr. Sheldon serves on editorial boards of several communication journals, and regularly reviews papers for international, national, and regional conferences.

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Dr. Sheldon's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • M.M.C., Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, 2006
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 2003

Classes Taught


  • International Communication Association

Honors & Awards

  • "Outstanding Faculty Member Award, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences", University of Alabama in Huntsville. (2018)
  • "Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication." International Communication Association Conference. (2018)
  • "Outstanding Scholarly Publishing." The Office of Academic Affairs and the M. Louis Salmon Library, University of Alabama in Huntsville. (2017)
  • "The Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award." Southern States Communication Association. (2015)
  • "Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Liberal Arts, UAH." College of Liberal Arts, University of Alabama in Huntsville. (2014)
  • "Top Faculty Paper in Communication and Technology Division." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). (2013)
  • "Top Paper in Human Communication and Technology Division." National Communication Association (NCA). (2010).


  • "Applying the theory of reasoned action to student-teacher relationships on Facebook" Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. (2016).

    "Religiosity as a predictor of forgiveness, revenge, and avoidance among married and dating adults." Journal of Communication and Religion. (2015).

  • "An analysis of imagined interactions with Pro Ana (Anorexia):  Implications for mental and physical health." Imagination, Cognition, and Personality. (2015).

    "Predicting aggression, conciliation, and concurrent rumination in escalating conflict. "Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (2015).
  • Social Media: Principles and Applications. (2015).
  • "Testing relationship development between recently added Facebook friends." Journal of Social Media Studies. (2015).
  • "Understanding students’ reasons and gender differences in adding faculty as Facebook friends." Computers in Human Behavior. (2015).
  • Distraction or sensation seeking: Understanding motivations for playing Facebook games. (2014).
  • "Comparing relationships between self-disclosure, liking and trust in exclusive Facebook and exclusive face-to-face relationships." American Communication Journal. (2014).
  • "You did what? The communication of forgiveness in married and dating couples.." Communication Reports. (2014).
  • "Predicting aggression, conciliation, and concurrent rumination in escalating conflict." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (2014).
  • "Testing parental and peer communication orientation influence on young adults’ body satisfaction." Southern Communication Journal. (2013).
  • "Examining gender differences in self-disclosure on Facebook versus face-to-face." The Journal of Social Media in Society. (2013).
  • "Voices that cannot be heard: Can shyness explain how we communicate on Facebook versus face-to-face?." Computers in Human Behavior. (2013).
  • "Profiling the non-users: Examination of life-position indicators, sensation seeking, shyness, and loneliness among users and non-users of social network sites.." Computers in Human Behavior. (2012).
  • "Impact of gender and religiosity on forgiving communication." Journal of Communication and Religion. (2011).
  • "Host communication competence and locus of control of international students in the United States." Journal of Intercultural Communication. (2010).
  • "Pressure to be perfect: Influences on college students' body esteem." Southern Communication Journal. (2010).
  • "I'll poke you. You’ll poke me! Self-disclosure, social attraction, predictability and trust as important predictors of Facebook relationships." Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. (2009).
  • "Being ill in a foreign country: International students’ trust in American physicians." Journal of Intercultural Communication. (2009).
  • "Maintain or develop new relationships? Gender differences in Facebook use." Rocky Mountain Communication Review. (2009).
  • "The relationship between unwillingness to communicate and students’ Facebook use." Journal of Media Psychology. (2008).
  • "Student favorite: Facebook & motives for its use." Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. (2008).
  • "Mass media use during a natural disaster: Louisiana State University students and Hurricane Katrina." Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. (2007).