Jeff Sharp

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education , Associate Professor of Business Law
Department: Undergraduate Education, Risk Management
Office: 202P Business Building
Phone: 814-863-1947
Fax: 814-865-6284
Member of Faculty Since: 1989


Professor Sharp serves as an Associate Professor of Business Law in Penn State's Smeal College of Business Administration where he teaches courses in commercial transactions law, environmental law, and general business law. He joined the faculty after serving as litigation counsel to national financial institutions and the FDIC during the banking crisis of the 1980s. He has published numerous articles, papers, and books on business law subjects, including bankruptcy, commercial transactions, property rights, environmental law, and banking. His research on the impact of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on the educational community was named the 2002-2003 winner of the Ralph C. Hoeber Award by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 2003, Professor Sharp was honored with the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn State's highest teaching award recognizing those who teach primarily undergraduate students. Professor Sharp was the fourth faculty member in the history of the College of Business to be recognized for teaching excellence at the university level. Nationally, Professor Sharp was named the 2003 Master Teacher, a competitive award named annually by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Three times he has received the Smeal College's annual Fred Brand award for outstanding teaching (1992, 2000, 2006). In addition, he was honored as a Paiste Teaching and Learning Fellow in 2011. Professor Sharp has taught in the Smeal College's education abroad program with its partner, The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, in Florence, Italy. He was appointed as the initial chairman of the Smeal College's Academic Integrity Committee, a role in which he has continuously served. Professor Sharp is a member of the Texas State Bar Association and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.  In 2013, Professor Sharp was honored by the university as a Penn State Teaching Fellow.

Current Research

Professor Sharp is researching the impact of digital technology on copyright law in the educational environment.


Digital Copyrights
Property Rights
Debtor-Creditor Relations (including Bankruptcy)
Environmental Law


American Business Law Journal (reviewer)


J.D., University of Oklahoma,

M.B.A., University of Oklahoma,

B.B.A., University of Oklahoma,


B Law 444, Advanced U.C.C. and Commercial Transactions

B Law 425, Environmental Law

B Law 341, B Law I: Intro to Contracts, Liability Issues, and Intellectual Property