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Sharon Cannon

Sharon Cannon

Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication


McColl 4722, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

Sharon McMillen Cannon teaches written and oral communication courses to undergraduate business, full-time MBA and PhD students.

She received the 2020 Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching.

Dr. Cannon includes intercultural communication simulations and activities in many of her courses to build awareness of how cultural differences affect communication in a business setting. She is certified to use and debrief individuals and teams with the GlobeSmart Profile (Aperian Global), Cultural Orientations Indicator (TMC) and Intercultural Edge.

Having a passion for intercultural communication, she teaches an undergraduate elective on the topic and has led an undergraduate Global Immersion Elective to Japan.

In 2020, the American Council on Education selected her as one of 15 U.S. faculty to collaborate on a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative with a professor in Japan, which will provide a virtual exchange experience for UNC Kenan-Flagler undergraduate business students.

Dr. Cannon has facilitated presentation training for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health program, the Royster Fellows, National Science Foundation Fellows, UNC medical interns and others.

She has provided public speaking training for a number of organizations and coached students in the Evening MBA and Weekend Executive MBA programs.

She has taught the elective “Presentation Skills” course for graduate students across the University in the UNC Graduate School’s Professional Development Program. Annually, she is one of the judges for the graduate school’s three-minute thesis presentation competition and frequently judges case competitions.

Dr. Cannon joined UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2004 as the director of the Business Communication Center after a career in higher education administration, which included serving as a dean of students and creating and facilitating a leadership development program.

From 2008-12, she taught management communication at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis where she founded the Management Communication Lab.

Dr. Cannon’s speaking engagements outside of the University frequently focus on gender communication. She presented to the Americas Women’s Network and the Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2019.

She received her PhD from North Carolina State University, MEd from the University of Florida and an AB from in English and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.