Sherida Yoder, PhD
I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey. I studied zoology, with a minor in English, at Rutgers-Newark, developmental genetics at Temple University in Philadelphia, and invertebrate development at Woods Hole Marine Biology Labs in Massachusetts. I loved the aesthetics of biology—the clarity of designing experiments and getting results; the loveliness revealed by the microscope and in dissections that opened up the hidden mysteries of life. However, I also loved language and literature and earned a Masters in English, which turned into my truest passion. I earned my Ph.D by writing about the novels of Thomas Hardy. At Rutgers, I was a writing specialist, teaching at most of the Rutgers campuses—Douglass, Livingston, Cook, Newark, New Brunswick main campus--before coming to Felician. In addition to teaching courses in composition, creative writing, and literature, I am a published poet with several awards. I have organized many student-faculty poetry readings at Felician. I was the chair of the English Department for fifteen years. My specialties include poetry and women’s literature, autobiography, and the intersection of popular culture with literature. I teach courses both on campus and online.
Field(s) of Interest/Expertise
Creative Writing and Poetry, Woman’s Literature, Shakespeare, Autobiography, 20th Century Poetry, Drama, and Prose, 17th Century literature, Contemporary Literature, the Novel, Popular Culture.
Courses Taught at Felician University
College Writing and Research I & II
Crafting a Life
Seventeenth Century Literature
History of the Novel
Themes of Literature
20th Century Poetry
20th Century Prose
Women in Literature
Two American Poets: Dickinson and Frost
Senior Research in English