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
Creative Writing
Themes of Literature
20th Century Poetry
20th Century Prose
Modern Drama
Contemporary Drama
Women in Literature
Contemporary Literature
Two American Poets: Dickinson and Frost
Victorian Age
Critical Perspectives
Senior Research in English


“As Usual,” Paterson Literary Review, Spring 2018, Issue 46.
“Teaching Romeo and Juliet,” “Blue,” “Church Girl” in Paterson Literary Review, 2017-2018
“Mrs Bennett,” Paterson Literary Review, p. 305, Summer 2016-2017.
“Michael’s Song,” (music and lyrics) for Quintier film Hometown Salute, in production, 2016.
“Art,” Paterson Literary Review, Spring 2015.
“On Re-reading Jane Eyre,” Paterson Literary Review, 2012-2013.
“Moving Out,” Paterson Literary Review, 2011-12.
“A Primer for Men.” (feature article), The Record, April 2011.
“Silk Ribbon Works.” Waterways Anniversary Issue: Best Poetry of 40 Years, Spring 2010.
“Shooting Stars,” Paterson Literary Review, Fall 2003.
“Remembering.” Paterson Literary Review. 1998.
“Diana at the Lake.”Paterson Literary Review. Winter 1994.
“Moving Days” and “Patched Quilt.” Paterson Literary Review. Winter 1993.
“Silk Ribbon Works.” Waterways. February 1982.
“November in the Park.” The Planet, the Person, the Poem. April 1981.
“Japanese Beetle.” Waterways. February 1981.
Excerpt on Thomas Hardy in Julian Moynahan’s Preface, Viking Portable Hardy, NY: Viking Press, 1977.
Office Location:
Kirby Hall 324
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(201) 559-6110
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Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
M.A. Rutgers Newark, Graduate Fellowship Temple University
B.A. Rutgers Newark, Graduate Fellowship Temple University

Positions Held

Professor of English, Felician University
Chair, Department of English, Felician University
Developmental Coordinator, Felician University