Jeffery Sharp

Associate Dean for International Programs , Associate Professor of Business Law
Department: International Programs, Risk Management
Office: 389B Business Building
Phone: 814-863-1947
Fax: 814-865-6284
Member of Faculty Since: 1989


Jeffery M. Sharp serves as The Smeal College’s Associate Dean for International Programs. His responsible areas include Smeal’s faculty led study abroad programs, study abroad advising services, serving as the college’s liaison to the university’s Office of Global Programs and coordinating with the university’s partner programs in other nations. Smeal has one of the top study abroad participation levels among AACSB members. The international programs office in Smeal also oversees international internships and international student engagement services.

He is the Faculty-in-Charge for two academic minors within Smeal: The International Business Minor and The Legal Environment of Business Minor (Business Law). From 2013-2017, Sharp served five Smeal graduating classes as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Outreach. He also remains the Smeal College’s Academic Integrity Officer and Liaison to the University Office of Student Conduct.

He continues to teach commercial transactional law in support of the Legal Environment of Business Minor and Smeal’s aspiring candidates for public accountancy. Sharp has published numerous articles and papers on business law subjects, including commercial transactions, copyright law, property rights and bankruptcy. 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 2013, Associate Dean Sharp became the second Smeal College faculty member to receive the university’s highest overall teaching award, being named a Penn State Teaching Fellow. With a career committed to teaching excellence, he has been recognized by the university, the Smeal College and his research academy colleagues with awards that include the 2003 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching (Penn State's highest teaching award recognizing those who teach primarily undergraduate students); Master Teacher by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2003); the Smeal College’s annual Fred Brand Award for Outstanding Teaching (1992, 2000, 2006) and named a Paiste Teaching and Learning Fellow in 2011.

Associate Dean Sharp joined the Smeal College faculty after serving as litigation counsel to national financial institutions and the FDIC during the banking crisis of the 1980s. He remains a member of the Texas State Bar Association and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

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., (Finance Concentration), University of Oklahoma,

B.B.A., (Finance), 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