Arthur Fried was a full-time member of the Plymouth State English Department from fall term 1982 through fall term 2011. In his nearly 30 years as a professor at PSU Fried taught a wide variety of courses in the writing, literature and film programs. He served as department chair from 2003 to 2006. After retiring at the end of 2011and being granted emeritus status, Fried and his wife moved with their two cats to San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica, where he keeps up with his longtime interest in online education by teaching one online course nearly every semester. In his spare time he reads, surfs the web, takes long walks, and studies Spanish Education.
Fried earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he majored in History and minored in English. He has a M.S. degrees in journalism From Northwestern University and an M. A. in popular culture/media studies from Governors State University. He earned his doctorate in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also holds a certificate in online education from Southwest Georgia State University.