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.

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!

photo of fsu history and lifelong learning professor dr. bridgette sheridan

A professor of history at Framingham State University, Bridgette Sheridan teaches a range of courses in European and American history, including "'The Sixties' in Europe and the United States", as well as "Sex and the Sixties in the US." Her expertise is in gender history, the History of Science, history of sexuality, and French history. She has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals, and has presented her research at several conferences and seminars. In 2016, Dr. Sheridan was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.