John Sherblom

John Sherblom, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Department of Communication and Journalism
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

John Sherblom served as a faculty member in the department from 1987 to 2017, including as Department Chair for six years. He taught courses in communication and technology, organizational communication, persuasion, public relations, and research methods. His work draws on an American Pragmatism perspective to examine communication as the practices of participants in relational processes. It analyses the implications of these practices in interpersonal and group contexts studied as cybernetic, autopoietic, complex systems. He recently published a book entitled Computer-mediated communication and has served as editor of Communication Research Reports (2002-2004) and the The Journal of Business Communication (1994-1997). 

Selected Publications


  • Sherblom, J. C. (2020). Computer-mediated communication: Approaches and perspectives. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Harris, T. E., & Sherblom, J. C. (2018). Small group and team communication. Reprinted 5th ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
  • Harris, T. E., & Sherblom, J. C. (2011). Small group and team communication. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. (1st ed. 1999; 2nd ed. 2002; 3rd ed. 2005; 4th ed. 2008; 5th ed. 2011).
  • Sherblom, L., & Sherblom, J. C. (1996). Much more than sexuality. Brunswick, ME: Audenreed Press.

Journal Articles

  • Umphrey, L. R., Sherblom, J. C., & Swiatkowski, P. (2020). Relationship of self-compassion, hope, and emotional control to perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and suicidal ideation. Crisis,
  • Umphrey, L. R., & Sherblom, J. C. (2018). The constitutive relationship of communication competence to self-compassion and hope. Communication Research Reports, 31, 22-32. 
  • Umphrey, L. R., & Sherblom, J. C. (2017). The constitutive relationship of listening to hope, emotional intelligence, stress, and life satisfaction. International Journal of Listening. 31, 1-25.
  • Green-Hamann, S., & Sherblom, J. C. (2016). Transgender transitioning: The influence of virtual on physical identities. The Electronic Journal of Communication, 26(4).
  • Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C., Gibbs, J., & Sherblom, J. (2016). Exploring affordances of email for team learning over time. Small Group Research, 47(3), 243-278.
  • Umphrey, L. R., Sherblom, J. C., & Pocknell, V. (2015). Parental responsibility, respondent anger, sympathy, and willingness to help following child death. Journal of Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 24(3), 137-154.
  • Leonard, L. G., Sherblom, J. C., Withers, L. A., & Smith, J. S. (2015). Training effective virtual teams: Presence, identity, communication openness, and conversational interactivity. Connexions: International Professional Communication Journal, 3(1), 11-45.
  • Green-Hamann, S., & Sherblom, J. C. (2014). The influences of optimal matching and social capital on communicating support. Journal of Health Communication, 19(10), 1130-1144.
  • Umphrey, L. R., & Sherblom, J. C. (2014). The relationship of hope to self-compassion, relational social skill, communication apprehension, and life satisfaction. International Journal of Wellbeing, 4(2), 1-18. doi:10.5502/ijw.v4i2.1
  • Pizzano, P. A., Sherblom, J. C., & Umphrey, L. R. (2013). Being secure means being willing to say you’re sorry: Attachment style and the communication of relational dissatisfaction and disengagement. Journal of Relationships Research, 4, 1-13.
  • Green-Hamann, S., Eichhorn, K. C., & Sherblom, J. C. (2011). An exploration of why people participate in Second Life social support groups. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 16, 465-491.
  • Leonard, L. G., Withers, L. A., & Sherblom, J. C. (2011). Collaborating virtually: Using Second Life to teach collaboration. Communication Teacher, 25(1), 42-47.
  • Sherblom, J. C. (2010). The computer-mediated communication (CMC) classroom: A challenge of medium, presence, interaction, identity, and relationship. Communication Education. 59(4), 497-523.

Book Chapters

  • Sherblom, J. C., Withers, L. A., Leonard, L. G., & Smith, J. S. (2018). Virtual team communication norms: Modeling the mediating effects of relational trust, presence, and identity on conversational interactivity, openness, and satisfaction. In K. Lakkaraju, G. Sukthankar, & R. T. Wigand (Eds.) Social Interactions in Virtual Worlds. (pp. 103-129). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hubler, S., & Sherblom, J. C. (2014). Workplace identity, congruence, satisfaction, and health. In F. Sarracino, & M. Mikucka (Eds.), Beyond money: The social roots of health and well-being. (pp. 107-128). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Green-Hamann, S., & Sherblom, J. C. (2013). Developing a transgender identity in a virtual community. In C. Cunningham (Ed.), Social networking and impression management. (pp. 185-201). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.