Paula Sheil graduated with her Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Arts from University of Pacific in 1975. She earned her Master's of Arts in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California in San Francisco in 1999. Sheil teaches English 1A, 1D, 1B and Eng 49C: Creative Writing Poetry. The Academic Senate selected Sheil as a Distinguished Faculty Member for 2012-13; Phi Delta Kappa International honored her as a Distinguished College Professor in 2013; and the Associated Student Body Government named her Advisor of the Year for 2013. She advised the Writers' Guild from 2006 to 2014.
Before joining the Delta faculty, she was a staff writer for the Record from 1996 to 2006. In 2003, she received the California Newspaper Publishers Association 2nd Place Award in Writing for "Killing on Daggett Road," the story of a Latino teen's failure to change and the system that let him down. Record Article. In 2012, the New York Times published her editorial on the Stockton bankruptcy. New York Times Article.
For her ongoing community arts activities, she received the Stockton's Top Arts Recognition (STAR) Award in 1997. In 2013, she founded Tuleburg Press to publish regional writers and established a creative writing and book arts center in downtown Stockton called The Write Place. In 2014, she received the San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women's Susan B. Anthony Award in the Creative Arts.