Professor R. D. Sharma has wide and rich experience of teaching, research and extension in business education, and administrative experience at different levels. He is the senior most Professor of Jammu University and one of senior most Professors of Business Education in the country. Prof Sharma joined teaching profession in 1980, became Reader in 1987 and Professor in 1994. He has also worked as:
1. Fulbright Visiting Professor of Business Administration, URI, USA,
2. Chairman, J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations,
3. Dean Academic Affairs, University of Jammu,
4. Rector, Kathua Campus, University of Jammu,
5. Controller of Examinations, University of Jammu,
6. Dean, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Jammu,
7. Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Jammu,
8. Convener, Board of Studies in Marketing Management; University of Jammu,
9. Convener, Board of Studies in Commerce, University of Jammu,
10. Head, Department of Commerce, University of Jammu,
11. Dean Students Welfare, University of Jammu,
12. Director Physical Education, University of Jammu, and
13. Coordinator, SAP in Commerce, University of Jammu.

Professor Sharma took over as Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu on October 30, 2014. Besides active participation in the academic deliberations at different occasions in India, Nepal, Srilanka, Dubai, and China, Dr. Sharma addressed the audience quite frequently in different academic meets at several US universities and completed a research project entitled “Marketing Effectiveness in American Consumer Banking” during his ten month stay as Visiting Professor at University of Rhode Island, Kingston [USA] under Fulbright Fellowship Programme 1992-1993 in Business Administration. He also visited more than 15 Chinese Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning in Management and Information Technology. He has completed two major research projects funded by UGC and one funded by ICSSR. Prof. Sharma has been conferred as Fellow of Indian Commerce Association.

He has got 12 books (authored: 5 and edited: 7) and 116 papers published. His research work figured in the refereed journals being published by the reputed centres of excellence like:
1. Managing Service Quality, UK
2. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, USA
3. Technovation, USA,
4. Research Institute for Business and Management, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester, UK
5. Sage Publications, New Delhi, Thosand Oaks, and London
6. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad,
7. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow,
8. Indian Institute of Management, Banglore.
9. Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
10. National Institute of Bank Management, Pune,
11. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai,
12. National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad.
Till-date 26 M. Phil. and 24 Ph. D. students have completed their research work under his supervision and 03 more candidates are working at different stages of their research for Ph. D. in Commerce.

Besides working on different administrative and academic bodies like University Council, Syndicate, Faculty of Business Studies, Faculty of Commerce, Boards of Studies, Academic Council, Board of Research Studies, Board of Inspection etc. of University of Jammu, Dr. Sharma remained associated with several other universities and institutions of the country like University of Delhi, BHU, M D University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Rajasthan University, M S University of Baroda, NEHU, ICSSR, University of Kashmir, Finance and Education Ministries of J&K State, J&K Public Service Commission, UGC, AICTE etc.

As HOD, Prof. Sharma got Department of Commerce, University of Jammu upgraded to the level of DRS-I of UGC’s Scheme of SAP with the financial support of about Rs.38 lakh for five years during 2004–2009. Later SAP was extended up to March 2014 at the level of DRS-II with Rs. 55 lakh and subsequently up to March 1919 at DRS-III with additional grants of about Rs. 95 lakhs. Besides academic contribution, Dr. Sharma served the teaching community as Chairman, Campus Welfare Committee, and President; Vice President; and Treasurer of Jammu University Teachers Association. Similarly, Dr. Sharma has also been associated with Vichar Kranti Munch International, an NGO for the cause of moral and ethical values.
Dr. Sharma has organised several academic meets, workshops, seminars, extension lectures, conferences etc.