Ph.D. (Communication Science): 2002, University of Connecticut
MA (Communication): 1997, University of Maine
BA (Communication): 1995, University of Maine
• Founding faculty advisor
• Nu Sigma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta
• Communication Studies Honor Society
• Interpersonal Communication
• Nonverbal Communication
• Dark Side of Communication
• Intro to Comunication in Virtual Environments
• Adv Interpersonal Communication
• Gender Communication
• Studies the emotional connections between people and "dark" behaviors that threaten those connections
• Online social support
• Virtual communities
Lesley A. Withers is an interpersonal communication scholar who studies (1) nonverbal and emotional communication, (2) virtual team collaboration, and (3) online social support, and (4) the “dark side” or aversive aspects of interpersonal relationships. She has authored manuscripts that have been published in outlets such as Personality and Individual Differences, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Western Journal of Communication, Connexions, Human Communication, and the Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences.
Withers, L. A. (in press). Embarrassment. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York, NY: Springer.
Sherblom, J. C., Withers, L. A., Leonard, L. G., & Smith, J. S. (in press). Virtual team communication norms: Modeling the mediating influences of relational trust, presence, and identity on conversational interactivity, openness, and satisfaction. In K. Lakkaraju & G. Sukthankar (Eds.), Social interaction in virtual worlds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
VanLear, C. A., & Withers, L. A. (2016). The Relational Linking System and other systems for studying self-presentation (self-disclosure), acceptance-rejection, and confirmation-disconfirmation. In C. A. VanLear & D. J. Canary (Eds.), Researching interactive communication behavior: A sourcebook of methods and measures (pp. 77-92). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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, 3 (1), 11-46.
Hinck, E., Hinck, S. S., & Withers, L. A. (2013). Service-learning in prison facilities: Interaction as a source of transformation. In S. Hartnett, E. Novek, & J. Wood (Eds.), Working for justice: A handbook of prison education and activism (pp. 39-59). Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.