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Mark Sherman is an emeritus professor of psychology at SUNY, New Paltz. After receiving his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from Harvard (where one of his teachers was B.F. Skinner), he went on to a distinguished teaching career at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He was twice nominated for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He took early retirement from teaching in 1995 to allow more time for his research and writing.

Sherman has taught, thought, researched and written about gender issues for more than 35 years.

With communications professor Adelaide Haas, Sherman did a major research project on men’s and women’s conversational styles in single-sex groups. The result was “Man to Man, Woman to Woman,” published in Psychology Today in 1984, and cited in Time magazine shortly after publication. This brief article — which discusses sources of problems in male-female communication — anticipated by six years the work of Deborah Tannen. It has been reprinted in at least two major texts for English composition classes. Sherman and Haas also published scholarly papers based on their research.

In the early 1990s, Sherman became aware that boys and young men were falling behind girls and young women in school, and since that time, he has read, talked, and written about this issue extensively, including in newspaper oped pieces. Since 2010, he has had a blog on the Psychology Today website, where he has often written on the problems facing young males. His posts on these issues get many views a day.

He has also written for the Good Men Project and is regular contributor to their discussions.

Sherman is also a member of the Coalition for establishment of a White House Council on Boys and Men; and he recently became a member of the Advisory Board to the group (which is headed by Warren Farrell, author of The Boy Crisis).

Among his many interests have been songwriting, singing, and humor. He has written regular humor column for his local paper for nearly 35 years, has produced two CDs of his songs, and has been doing a podcast, “The Kvetching Professor” for a year-and-a-half.

Most important, says Mark Sherman, is that he has been happily married for nearly 50 years, is the father of three grown sons and the grandfather of five young grandsons.

Recently, Mr. Sherman was live on our talking about Boys And Men Need Our Attention.

During our conversation, Mr. Sherman talked about:

– The younger Mark Sherman days growing up with a difficult childhood in Brooklyn, New York
– The effect his relationship with his father has had on him
– The reason he decided to pursue psycology and male-female communication
– Why Mark want to discuss this topic
– His reasons why he feels that boys are falling behind and why
– Comparing boy life when he was growing up to boy life today

You can find out more about Mr. Sherman via:

The Kvetching Professor Podcast – TuneIn Radio
The Kvetching Professor Podcast – Libsyn

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