Meet the Faculty of Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita of Framingham State University, has had an extensive career in higher education, including 43 years in teaching and senior level administrative positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Queens College, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She received an Andrew Dickson White Fellowship to Cornell, two Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, was a Radcliffe Fellow, and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow. Dr. Heineman was chair of the English Department at Framingham State University, and was then appointed Academic Vice President. In 1999, Dr. Heineman became President of Framingham State University, where she served until retiring in 2006. She has published four books and numerous articles in the field of Victorian literature. Dr. Heineman now spends her retirement years traveling, writing, and teaching in Framingham’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning program. Dr. Heineman’s novel, Emma Redux, a continuation of Jane Austen’s Emma, has been accepted for publication by TouchPoint Press, and will appear next year.

Nicholas S. Racheotes, PhD is Emeritus Professor of History, Framingham State University, and Research Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis and a Ph.D. in history from Boston College. While at B.C., Racheotes was Dr. John L. Heineman’s student in several courses, his teaching assistant, and was awarded the inaugural post-doctoral teaching fellowship which Dr. Heineman founded. In thirty-five years at Framingham State, Racheotes served as a member of its History Department and in various other capacities. With a primary research interest in the religious history of Russia, Racheotes has written the book The Life and Thought of Filaret Drozdov, 1782-1867: The Thorny Path to Sainthood, several articles appearing in a variety of scholarly journals and online at

Professor Erika Schneider teaches art history (Renaissance to contemporary) in the Art & Music Department at Framingham State University. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from Temple University. Her specialty is 19th-century art, on which she has presented professionally both in the United States and abroad, as well as publishing several articles in art history, literary, and history journals. In 2015, her monograph, The Representation of the Struggling Artist in America, 1800-1865 was published by the University of Delaware Press. She also received an inaugural Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art to teach and research in the Netherlands. When she’s not teaching, she loves to travel!