Joanna Shearer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Joanna ShearerPh.D. English Literature, University of Florida
M.A. English Literature, University of Florida

LAS Building, Office 148
Phone: (702) 992-2654

As an undergraduate, Dr. Shearer attended The University of Dallas, a small liberal arts college in Dallas, Texas.  After attending graduate school at The University of Florida, Dr. Shearer realized she missed the intellectual environment at undergraduate institution, where she had both more contact with her professors and a class environment that emphasized active learning.  Dr. Shearer was excited to join NSC's faculty in 2008 because, for her, it was a return to her first love: a liberal arts, teaching-focused college.  

Dr. Shearer's graduate work concentrated on Chaucer and 14th-15th Century England; however, her scholarly interests and teaching expertise have expanded since then to include her secondary specialization in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Indeed, she greatly enjoys surprising students by showing how much they have in common with characters in stories that are many centuries old.  

Apart from teaching, Dr. Shearer serves as the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor's Society), has designed new courses as well as curriculum for the English program, and is an avid reader who feels bereft without her Kindle.

  • ENG 100 Composition I (enhanced)
  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • ENG 102 Composition II
  • ENG 235 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 298 Writing About Literature
  • ENG 427A Women and Literature
  • ENG 432A Chaucer
  • ENG 434A Shakespeare's Tragedies
  • ENG 434B Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
  • ENG 440A Medieval English Literature
  • ENG 449A British Literature I
  • ENG 484A The Bible as Literature
  • ENG 485 Topics in Comparative Literature (Medieval Sexuality)
  • ENG 490A Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • WMST 101 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • "The Devil Made me Do It: Sin, (Inner) Demons, and Monstrous Reproduction in Milton's Paradise Lost." Chapter 2. In Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity:  The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media.  Eds. Andrea Wood and Brandy Schillace.  New York: Cambria Press, 2014.