Department of English
Teaching interests: Grammar, the Essay, General Education, Douglas Honors College. For pleasure I often read Shakespeare, Commonwealth novelists, and Scandinavian poetry. Prior to joining Central's faculty in 1992, I taught at Landmark College in Vermont, at Clemson University in South Carolina, at high schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and at English-language institutes in Spain and Mexico. I have published a book called Valley Walking: Notes on the Land (Washington State UP, 1997). My work has also been featured in anthologies as well as journals such as The Seattle Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, Weber Studies, Bird Watcher's Digest, and Writing on the Edge.
Working with sincere students has always been my greatest privilege and pleasure.
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 1981 B.A., English
University of Oslo, Norway 1980 Certificate of Achievement: Advanced Norwegian Language
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Department of English, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 1992-present
- Acting Director/Writing Specialist: University Writing Center Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 2002-05
- Instructor: Landmark College, Putney, Vermont 1989-92
- Instructor: Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 1987-89
- Teacher: Plymouth Area High School, Plymouth, New Hampshire 1985-87
- Teacher: Brookline High School, Brookline, Massachusetts 1984-85
- Interests include world literature, composition, grammar, the essay, humanities and Scandinavian poetry.
- Awards and honors include a Citation for Service to Students from CWU Office of Student Affairs (5/96) and a HarperCollins Fellowship, one of five annual awards made to adjunct faculty by the publisher.
- Courses taught at the undergraduate level have included American Literature I and II, Contemporary Literature, Introduction to the Literary Imagination, Composition 101 and 102, Transitional English, Rhetoric, Creative Nonfiction, and Humanities.
- Specialties include creative writing (essays, poetry, satire) and composition.
- Current projects include Fathers of the Lost and Found (essay collection), Professors of Parody: Fifty Years of Campus Fiction (edited anthology), and "A Little Raillery" (column in the Adjunct Advocate magazine).
- Grants applied for:
National Endowment for the Arts: Access to Artistic Excellence Grant for $5,000 in support of CAH/English department's Writing Specialization (Lion's Rock visiting author series). 15 August 2006 (unsuccessful).
Central Washington University: Student Technology Fee Committee awarded University Writing Center a $5,000 grant to fund replacement of computers for student use. June 2007
Office of the President. Revision and copyediting for clarity of expression and conventional consistency. Projects: CWU Web pages; Blue Ribbon Athletic Commission Report. 2004-2008.
Office of University Relations. Instructor for staff writing seminar. January-May 2005.
Undergraduate Studies. University Assessment Committee: member and Writing Assessment Coordinator. September 2003-June 2005.
Undergraduate Studies. Reader for CWU Intermediate Writing Assessment Project. June 2001.
Judge: Department of Communications student debates. May 2008.
Judge: CAH Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards. 2004; 2006.
English department General Education Committee. 2006-present.
Independent study supervisor: provided oversight for M.A. candidate William Gibson’s teaching practicum in English 105. Spring quarter 2006.
English department Writing Specialization Committee. 2005-present.
- Association membership
National Council of Teachers of English. 1992-present.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs. 2009-present.
Reviewer for Longman text, Rhetorical Grammar, sixth edition. January 2012.
Focus group contributor for Longman publishers, Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2007.
Reader for Educational Testing Service, Advanced Placement Exams in Literature and Written Expression. June, 1999; June 2000; June 2001.
Speech consultant for Washington Agriculture and Forestry Association. November 1996; November 2000.
Regional Associate for Scandinavian Seminar Program: recruiting and advising of American college students intending to earn credit at schools in Scandinavia. 1997-90.
Grove Guardian: completed ground-truth mapping of Manastash Roadless Area for Cascade Conservation Project. 2000.
Volunteer: archival organization for Ellensburg Public Library. 1999
Member and Chair: City of Ellensburg Environmental Commission: undertook survey of remaining wildland habitat parcels within city limits; initiated city's curbside recycling program. 1992-96.
Schnelle, Robert. “Unforgettable, Unforgiven: the Abdication of a Poet King.” North Dakota Quarterly. 75.2 (2010): 294-302.
Schnelle, Robert. “Taking the Pulse of the Essay.” Writing on the Edge. 19.2 (2009): 79-84.
Schnelle, Rob. “On Failure.” Tertulia Magazine. October 2007. http://www.tertuliamagazine.com/published_articles.
Schnelle, Rob. "A Little Raillery." Adjunct Advocate: the News Magazine for Adjunct College Faculty forthcoming and 12.3 (2005): 32-33; 11.5 (2004): 22-23; 11.1 (2003): 38-39.
Schnelle, Rob. "Faculty Glimmers: Recent Scholarship at Nimby State University." The Journal of Irreproducible Results 49 (2005): 21.
Fast, Robin (pseudonym). "A Staircase in the Fog." Bellevue Literary Review 4.2 (2004): 19-24.
Schnelle, Rob. "The Guy It Happens to." Writing on the Edge 15.1 (2004): 77-82.
Schnelle, Robert. "Over the Line: Robert Frost and Trespass." Weber Studies 21.2 (2004) 98-105.
Schnelle, Robert. "Voles in Their Prime." Weber Studies 21.2 (2004): 106-09.
Schnelle, Robert. "Play-by-Play." the Seattle Review 24.2 (2002): 9-13.
Schnelle, Robert. "Soul-Struck Soldier: Stepping Westward with Cabeza de Vaca." Weber Studies 19.1 (2001): 74-81.
Schnelle, Robert. "Written on Cairns." Word 2.6 (1998) 12-13.
Schnelle, Robert. "April's Day." Bird Watcher's Digest 13.4 (1991): 107.
Schnelle, Robert. "The Eloquence of Nil." CSSEDC Quarterly 10.2 (1988): 3.
Schnelle, Robert. "One More Thing Money Can't Buy." Idaho English Journal 11.2 (1988): 16-17.
Schnelle, Robert. "Wedded to the Cause." Holding Common Ground: the Individual and Public Lands in the American West. Ed. Paul Lindholt and Derrick Knowles. Seattle: UWashington, 2006. 67-70.