Professor of English
Director, Women's Studies
Dr. Catherine Hoyser cites Women’s Studies as a major part of her educational training. Her feminist pedagogy manifests itself in the classroom, where she engages her students as “equal scholars.” She explains: “I push them toward a high level of learning. I expect them to challenge assumptions, read critically, and participate in class discussions.” These methods develop students’ minds and their self-confidence.
As the first person in her family to have graduated from a university and gone on to earn higher degrees, Dr. Hoyser is drawn to issues relating to female empowerment. She has experience as a cross-cultural training consultant, which proves valuable in her teaching at University of Saint Joseph.
Among her scholarly interests are 19th and 20th Century British literature, post-colonialism, literary and feminist theories, Victorian Studies, African-American literature, detective fiction, and composition. Her first book, Woman: An Affirmation, an anthology edited with two colleagues, is widely distributed in prisons and recognized as a inspirational study of women who have overcome great obstacles to lead productive lives.
- Greater Hartford Consortium Grant Gender/Islam, 2004-2005
- Unification Grant Recipient from State of Connecticut, Department of Higher Education, 2002-2004, $3,500.
- Summer Grant, University of Saint Joseph, 2002, 1999, 1993, 1992, 1990.
- Mellon Visiting Faculty Fellow, Yale University, 1991‑1992.
- NEH Summer Seminar Participant, Political and Religious Romance in the British Novel, led by Prof. Judith Wilt, Boston College, 1991.
- Scholar in Residence, Women’s Studies, Simon’s Rock of Bard College, Spring, 1988, declined.
- Scholar in Residence, Women’s Research Institute, Hartford College for Women, 1987‑ 1988, declined.
- Victorian Studies Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1986‑1987.
Recent Research/Publications/ Presentations
- “Ethnicity,” invited essay, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing, Ed. Rosemary Herbert, Oxford U.P., 137-138, 1999.
- “Historical Mystery,” invited essay, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing , Ed. Rosemary Herbert, Oxford U.P., 209-10, 1999,
- Tom Robbins: A Critical Companion , Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press, 1997.
- Woman: An Affirmation, Lexington, Massachusetts, D.C. Heath, under the name Cathy Mann. An anthology edited with two colleagues, Rebecca Lukens and Alice Fannin, 1978.
B.A., Miami University
M.A., Miami University
Ph.D., Indiana University