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Robert Schnelle

Portrait of Robert Schnelle








Department of English

 Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae | Publications

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.



Curriculum Vitae

Robert Schnelle with studentEducation

Middlebury College: Bread Loaf School of English, Vermont 1989 M.A., English
School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont 1983 M.A.T., English as a Second Language

University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 1981 B.A., English

University of Oslo, Norway 1980 Certificate of Achievement: Advanced Norwegian Language

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Department of English, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 1992-2018
  • Taught general education courses in humanities, literature, creative writing, and composition, participated on assessment committees.
  • Acting Director/Writing Specialist: University Writing Center Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 2002-05
Established policies and procedures for newly created university program, coordinated services, hired tutors, supervised teaching assistants, authored Web content, wrote small grant proposals, provided writing workshops to faculty and students (respectively), collaborated with faculty on design of interdisciplinary writing assignments, co-authored developmental English curriculum, prepared students for standardized writing tests, and tutored at University Writing Center.
  • Instructor: Landmark College, Putney, Vermont 1989-92
Taught remedial and credit English courses and basic-skills tutorials in a two-year college for learning-disabled students.
  • Instructor: Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 1987-89
Taught freshman and sophomore general education courses, including Introductory Composition, Research and Argument, Contemporary Literature, and Modern American Literature.
  • Teacher: Plymouth Area High School, Plymouth, New Hampshire 1985-87
Taught English courses for students in college prep ninth- and twelfth- and remedial twelfth-grade levels; tutored small population of ESL students.
  • Teacher: Brookline High School, Brookline, Massachusetts 1984-85
Taught writing and literature courses to ESL students, grades 9-12.
Instructor:  University of Southern California:  Instituto de Inglés, Madrid 1983-84 Taught various levels of communicative English to Spanish university students and professionals.

Teaching Experience

  • 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.

Scholarly Activity

  • 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).
  • Publications:
  • 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

University Service

  • University
    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.

  • College
    Judge: Department of Communications student debates.  May 2008.

Judge: CAH Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards. 2004; 2006.

  • Department
    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.

Professional Service

  • Association membership
    National Council of Teachers of English. 1992-present.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs.  2009-present.

  • Consulting
    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.

Community Service
Newsletter contributor:  Kittitas Enviornmental Education Network.  2006-08.

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. Valley Walking: Notes on the Land. Pullman, WA: Washington State UP, 1997.


Journal articles

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.

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.

Book chapters

Connelly, Mark. Get Writing. New York: Heinle, 2006. Co-authored ESL boxes (with Loretta Gray).

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.


Schnelle, Robert. "A Source, a Bringer of the Word." To Honor a Teacher: Students Pay Tribute to Their Most Influential Mentors. Ed. Jeff Spoden. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 1999. 183-88.


Book reviews
Schnelle, Robert. "Hawking to Save His Soul." Rev. of The Peregrine, John Barker. Washington English Journal 19.2 (1997): 30-31.


Schnelle, Robert. Rev. of Publishing in English Education, ed. Steven N. Judy. Bread Loaf and the Schools 2.2 (1988): 24.


Presentations and readings
Schnelle, Robert. Conference presentation: "The Modular Mode: Revising a Developmental Writing Curriculum with Students in Mind."  Washington State Higher Education Assessment Conference. Vancouver, WA. 4 May 2004.


Schnelle, Robert. Reading at "An Evening with Ellensburg Authors." Friends of the Ellensburg Library. Hal Holmes Center, Ellensburg, WA. 22 January 2003.


Schnelle, Robert. Conference presentation: "Wedded to the Cause." Conference of the Rachel Carson Society. Spruce Point Inn. Boothbay Harbor, ME. 17 June 2002.


Schnelle, Robert. Reading. College of Arts and Humanities. Faculty Speaker Series. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. 12 April 2002.


Schnelle, Robert. Reading. Elliott Bay Bookstore. Seattle, WA. 15 January 1998.


Schnelle, Robert. Reading. CWU Friends of the Library. Ellensburg, WA. 6 October 1997.


Schnelle, Robert. Reading. Auntie's Bookstore. Spokane, WA. 28 September 1997.


Creative works
Schnelle, Robert and Loretta Gray. "Steppe into the Sagebrush: a Guide to the Common Plants and Animals of the Shrub-steppe cosystem." Ellensburg, WA: Kittitas Environmental Education Network, 2000.


Schnelle, Robert. The Valley Walker: commentary series featured semi-weekly on Northwest Public Radio's Morning Edition, 1994-98.



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