University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English


Faculty - Sheila Boland Chira

Sheila Boland Chira

Sheila Boland Chira, Senior Lecturer

  • M.A. New York University, 1994
  • C.V. (PDF)
Area of expertise

American literary history; Race and Ethnicity in literature; American Autobiography; Composition

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-4215
Office: 423 Old Mill

Spring 2018 Office Hours: M 2:00 - 3:00, W 9:30 - 10:30, and by appointment

Sheila Boland Chira joined the faculty at UVM in 1999. She teaches courses in American literary history, race and ethnicity in literary studies, and composition. She is particularly interested in nineteenth-century American literature and the role of the history of the concept of race in the American literary imagination. Sheila's passion for the rigors and rewards of writing instruction dates from her days teaching in New York University's acclaimed Expository Writing Program, where the compelling student essay was the coin of the realm.

Courses Taught: American Literature, Expository Writing, Race and Ethnic Literary Studies, Written Expression