Patricia English-SchneiderFaculty

Professor in Communication Studies and Excellence in Teaching Faculty Associate in John S Kendall Center

I arrived on the Gustavus Adolphus Campus in the Fall 0f 2002 excited about teaching at the college one of my friends from High School attended. She constantly talked about the "community" of Gustavus and the wonderful professors she had the opportunity to work with. That was 18 years ago and my friend was right. I have loved my time here working with excellent faculty and students. My teaching has much improved, I hope, since then due to the opportunity to work in a place that truly values teaching, mentorship and community. I am constantly reflecting on my teaching with colleagues and students to make my classroom the best it can be. I try to meet my students where they are and to get them to appeal to their own uniqueness and interests rather than comparing themselves to others. Given that I have a great deal of continuity with students and alumni, this endeavor has been possible and very rewarding. I have taught a wide variety of courses in the Department of Communication, in GWSS, and over the Interim Experience in January. My colleague, Phillip Voight, and I teach the course, "War, Memory and Identity in Cambodia and Vietnam". It is such a thrill to see a place I have traveled to in the past in a new way through the students eyes. In the classroom, I make every effort to inform my teaching with current scholarship. My research relates to the  intersections between performance, intercultural adaptation, collective and individual memory, and identity. Specifically, I focus on the lived experience of identity through a performative lens. My latest article, "Reading Raymond Carver: The Before and After", chronicles how the experience of recovery from addiction reconstitutes identity through the engagement of new ways of performing play and work. In May 2023, my edited volume, Narrative and Grief: Autoethnographies of Loss, was published by Lexington Books. The book chronicles the experiences of grief through personal stories. 

I look forward to teaching new courses and getting to know students on a personal level in classes and through advising. 


B.A. Northern Illinois University, M.A. and PhD Southern Illinois University

Courses Taught

COM-117 (Interpersonal Communication), COM-237 (Small-Group Communication), and COM-377 (Organizational Communication)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
COM-257 Intercultural Comm 32 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
COM-117 Interpersonal Communication 25 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2001/FA
COM-377 Organizational Communication 22 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
COM-237 Small-Group Communication 12 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2013/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
COM-268 Career Exploration 12 2015/JN, 2014/JN, 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2005/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2002/JN
COM-371 Researching Lived Experience 11 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
NDL-200 Intercultural Issues 11 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP
COM-397 Honors Thesis 8 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2009/JN, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/JN, and 2003/FA
COM-387 Crisis Communication 4 2023/FA, 2021/FA, 2020/FA, and 2019/FA
COM-110 Public Speaking 4 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/FA
COM-344 ST:Crisis Communictn 3 2017/FA, 2016/SP, and 2014/FA
NDL-268 Career Exploration 3 2015/JN and 2014/JN
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 3 2009/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA
COM-244 ST:Performance & Culture 2 2020/SP and 2016/FA
COM-383 Communication and Gender 2 2007/SP and 2006/SP
COM-218 Communication in Fiji 2 2005/JN and 2004/JN
COM-291 IS:IPComImpExistRelat 1 2023/SP
NDL-244 ST:Intercultural Persp 1 2018/SP
NDL-249 Cambodia & Vietnam 1 2011/JN
GWS-244 Special Topic: Performing Gender 1 2010/SP
IDS-100 Body, Mind, and Art 1 2003/JN
COM-225 Public Relations 1 2002/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.