Dr. Cheryl L. Nicholas is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Global Studies at Penn State Berks. She is an ethnographer who enjoys doing research in her homeland, Malaysia. Her research is based on how symbolic activity constitutes and is constituted by cultural worldviews. Theoretically, her work is grounded in language and social interaction, and critical perspectives. She is also interested in postcolonial and queer theory. Her research has been published in journals such as Sexuality and Culture, Communication Quarterly, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Storytelling, Self & Society, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and as book chapters in books such as, Queer Identities/Political Realities, Games, Leadership and Learning in Virtual Environments, and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation.
Dr. Nicholas is the recipient of the 2014-15 Penn State University Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity (CLGBTE) Award for Outstanding Service and the Penn State Berks 2011 Outstanding Full-Time Teacher Award.
Dr. Nicholas teaches classes in intercultural communication, message evaluation, nonverbal communication, storytelling, and communication theory. She has also developed research-based classes on focused topics such as LGBTQ identity, comic-book communities, and food culture.
Ph.D., Communication, University of Oklahoma