Oksana Shkurska

Assistant Professor; Associate Dean, Student Success and Engagement

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Email: oksana.shkurska@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4119
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Room 5085
6100 University Avenue, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Politeness and power in corporate apologies
  • Barriers to effective intercultural communication
  • Conflict management in intercultural communication
  • Effective academic and business writing


  • BEd (SKhNPU, Ukraine)
  • MEd (SKhNPU, Ukraine)
  • PhD (SKhNPU, Ukraine)

Research Interests

Dr. Shkurska’s research interests include politeness and power in corporate communication, barriers to effective communication, conflict management in intercultural communication, and successful academic and business writing. Her research is interdisciplinary and aims to address the issues of intercultural communication as well as to find more effective methods of internal and external communication in organizations.

Selected Publications

  • Do CEOs really mean what they say when they apologize? Politeness and power in corporate apologies. Shkurska, O. & Sundararajan, B. Paper presented at the ASB Conference, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Sep 29–Oct 1  (2017)
  • Let’s agree to disagree: Conflict management in intercultural communication. Shkurska, O. Paper presented at the TESL Canada Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, June 8-10  (2017)
  • Intercultural transition and adaptation. Shkurska, O. Paper presented at the TESL Nova Scotia Conference, Acadia University, NS, May 14  (2016)
  • Writing metaphorically: Unveiling the hidden power of metaphors in academic English. Shkurska, O. Paper presented at the PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association) Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, July 15-18  (2015)
  • Stereotypes in intercultural communication: Breaking the barriers. Shkurska, O. Paper presented at the CLT Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, May 2  (2013)

Current Teaching

  • COMM 1710 – Business Communications I
  • COMM 1720 – Business Communications II
  • COMM 1700 – Preparation for Work and Study in Canada