Dr. Martha Reid

Professor of English

B.A., M.A.T., Harvard University
M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University


Department Members:

Joyce Hinnefeld, Chair
John Black
Theresa Dougal
Crystal N. Fodrey
Martha Reid
Christopher Shorr
Nicole Anne Tabor
George Diamond


Dr. Reid joined the English Department faculty on a full-time basis in 1999 after serving Moravian College for 19 years in various administrative positions, including Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. She regularly teaches courses in 20th-century literature, the British novel, and British drama, and she loves Shakespeare and murder mysteries. English majors pursuing certification in secondary education are supervised by Dr. Reid during their student-teaching semester and attend her seminar on secondary English curriculum and instruction. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and several honorary societies: Alpha Psi Omega (theatre), Alpha Sigma Lambda (continuing education), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), and Kappa Delta Pi (education).

“Although my practice of teaching has changed a lot during more than 40 years in the classroom, my philosophy of teaching has always been based n a love for literature, and my first goal with students is to transmit that enthusiasm to them. Trained in the “New Criticism’ and won over by the ‘New Historicism’, I, nevertheless, believe that questions are more important than answers and try to ‘teach the differences’ of critical approaches. In practice, my teaching mixes lecture, discussion, group work, and student presentations.”