William E. Sheidley

~ Professor of English ~
Chair, English and Foreign Languages Department


Phone: 549-2886
Office: Psychology 171
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11-11:30, Wednesday 10:30-11:30 and by appointment

Courses Taught

Literature of England I
Introduction to Literature
Advanced Composition, Rhetoric, and Grammar
Special Topics
Senior Seminar

Fall 2003 Schedule

Course Syllabi and Handouts
ENG 360, Literature of England I syllabus
ENG 493/491/591, Senior Seminar
Hamlet in Criticism and Culture
ENG 161/461, Careers for English 

Fields of Expertise

English Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare (especially adaptations of Hamlet), The Short Story and Poetry


Sheidley's most recent publications are "The Plays Within the Film: Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" in Screen Shakespeare, Ed. Michael Skovmand and The Shippe of Safegarde, by Barnabe Googe, a critical edition with introduction and notes, co-authored with Simon McKeown.


AB l962, AM l966, PhD 1968 -- all from Stanford University

Favorite Texts & Authors

Shakespeare's Hamlet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, The Afterlife by John Updike and The Figured Wheel, by Robert Pinsky.

Teaching Philosophy

To help students relate to the literature we study, and, as writers, to discover and express our own ideas... Professor Sheidley likes to use class discussion and small group exercises.

Professor Sheidley came to USC/CSU-Pueblo in 1994 after teaching for 26 years at the University of Connecticut and one year at the U. S. Air Force Academy. He enjoys working with pre-collegiate teachers. At UConn, he was co-founder and director of the Connecticut Writing Project, a professional development program for teachers K-16, and at CSU-Pueblo he helps to oversee the English classes in the Senior-to-Sophomore Program. Professor Sheidley enjoys collaborating with other writers as an editor, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the journal War, Literature, and the Arts.

As the department chair, Professor Sheidley brings a wealth of academic and intellectual experience to the job. Professor Sheidley oversees the department's Senior to Sophomore program because he enjoys working with Pueblo's Language Arts teachers. One of Professor Sheidley's most interesting qualities is that he is a widely respected reader; he is an editor of War, Literature & the Arts.  As department chair, Professor Sheidley is eager to meet with English and Foreign Language majors and minors, as well as all students taking department courses. In fact, he believes that "everybody should feel free to stop in my office for whatever reason anytime." He even "speaks" WordPerfect and loves e-mail.

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