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Sr. Rita

Sister Rita Yeasted, SFCC, Ph.D.

The Dorothy Saladiak Distinguished Professor of English , English
Professor, English
(412) 536-1784

 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED AND DEGREES RECEIVED:

• La Roche University, B.A. English
• Duquesne University, M.A. English
• Duquesne University, Ph.D. English

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:

• Permanent Comprehensive English Certification, Instructional II
SCHOLARLY/PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
• The Dorothy Saladiak Distinguished Professor of English ~ 2014 - present
• English Department Chair ~ 1980 - 2014
• International Poetry Forum Advisory Board since 1979-2009
• President of the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English ~ 2011-2014, 2016 - 2018 
• Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts Board Member ~ 1978-2001
• PCTELA Vice-President for Colleges, 1990-2001
• State Coordinator for NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing competition 1978-1991
• Coordinated the annual six-day International Assembly of the Sisters For Christian Community, summer of 1989, 1997
• Planning Committee for Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English fall and spring conferences, NCTE regionals of 1989 and 1990; also served on Committee for WPCTE annual English Festival for regional high school students ~ 1993 to present.

BOOKS PUBLISHED:

• JON: John Oliver Nelson and the Movement for Power in the Church. iUniverse, 2012.
• Grapes of Wrath: A Curriculum Unit, Center for Learning/William C. Brown

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

• 2017 Spirit of St. Joseph Award for Scholarship and Service
• 2017 The La Roche University Dance Council
• 2015 North Hills McKnight AAUW Outstanding Women Award
• 2014 NCTE Norman Mailer College Writing Competition Judge ~ (to present) 
• 2013 La Roche University Distinguished Alumna Award 
• 2013 Chosen as International Communication Coordinator for Sisters For Christian Community ~ 2013 - 2019
• 2003 College Dedication to Achievement Award
• 2001 PCTELA Award for Outstanding Service
• 1995 Brother Gregory Nugent, FSC Award for Excellence in Teaching
• 1993, 1994 Nominated as CASE Professor of Year
• 1992 Elected Class Marshal by senior class
• 1991 Nominated as Outstanding Advisor for AWC Student Chapter by Area AWC Professional President
• 1991 Fellow, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
• 1989 Appeared in Who's Who in American Education: 1989-90
• 1988 Voted one of Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women
• 1985 Distinguished La Roche Alumna Award

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS:

• National Council of Teachers of English
• Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts
• Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English
• Modern Language Association
• American Association of University Women, North Hills/McKnight Branch


JOINED LA ROCHE: FALL 1980

HOMETOWN: TARENTUM, PA