Senior Lecturer and Director of the Writing Center

Sheila Boland Chira joined the faculty at UVM in 1999 and has taught courses in American literary history, literary theory, race and ethnicity in literary studies, and composition. In 2018, she became the Director of UVM’s Undergraduate Writing Center. Sheila's enthusiasm for the rigors and rewards of writing pedagogy, practice, and support dates from her days teaching in New York University's acclaimed Expository Writing Program.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

American literary history, race and ethnicity in literature, American autobiography, composition


  • M.A. New York University, 1994


Office Location:

302 Howe Library

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Race and Ethnic Literary Studies
  • Expository Writing
  • The Literary Western
  • American Literature I & II
  • Evolution of the American Literary Western
  • Written Expression
  • HCOL: Reading and Writing the Racialized Self