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Chair for Humanities
Phone: ext. 2498
Email: Sharon.Decker@centenaryuniversity.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph.D., English, Fordham University 2002
  • M.A., English, Fordham University 1994
  • B.A., English/Communications, University of Scranton, 1992


Dr. Sharon Decker is the Eighteenth Century Specialist at Centenary University, where she teaches many courses including Women’s Writing, British literature surveys, and gothic literature. Some of her courses include “Late Eighteenth Century Women Novelists in their Quest for the Mother,” “Gothic Literature: Horace Walpole to Poppy Z. Brite,” and “Monsters: Belonging and Identity.” She was awarded the Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award in 2014.

Dr. Decker chairs the English & Foreign Language Department, and is an active participant on various planning, evaluation, and assessment committees on campus. She is also the faculty advisor for two school periodicals: Prism, the University’s fine arts magazine, and RW, a student-run creative writing magazine.

Outside of Centenary, Dr. Decker is a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). She is also a certified Pet Therapy Volunteer, visiting hospitals and schools with Tank, her golden retriever.


Dr. Decker’s research interests are motherhood and maternity, the notion of family, female education, monsters, and identity theory. Dr. Decker is also very interested in higher education issues, specifically leadership, team building, and program assessment. She is currently working on a book about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gothic tales.

Published Works

“The Problem with Binaries: Balancing Reason, Passion, Mind and Body in Inchbald’s A Simple Story,” In Studies in the Literary Imagination, Special Topics: 18th Century Women, ed. Kristine Jennings, 47.2, Georgia State UP, 2016: 59-82.

“Ellen Malenas Ledoux’s Social Reform in Gothic Writing: Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764-1834. (review) In Eighteenth Century Intelligencer, ed. Jim May. Bucknell UP, 2014. “Feminized and Maternal Bodies: Thresholds to Empowered Roles in Reeve’s The Old English Baron,” In Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood, ed. Florina Catalina Florescu, NY: Lexington, 2013: 57-71.

“’Anything Dead Coming Back to Life Hurts’: The Double Murder of Beloved,” In Southern Gothic Literature, ed. Jay Ellis. MA: Salem Press, 2013: 243-262.

“The Theme in Langston Hughes’ ‘Theme for English B,’” In Poetry Reference Center, ed. Ann Cameron. NY: Gale, 2013.

“Sadie Jones’ Uninvited Guests,” (review) In Magill’s Literary Annual 2013, ed. John D. Wilson et al. Salem Press 2013. “Linda Pastan: Poet,” In Contemporary American Poets. Vol 1. ed. John Cusatis. NY: Gale 2013.

Linda Pastan: Poet, “In Contemporary American Poets. Vol 1. ed. John Cusatis. NY: Gale 2013.