Drew J. Scheler

Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
Assistant Professor of English
 

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Virginia 
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Programs: English

Drew J. Scheler is assistant professor of English and Director of Writing-Across-the Curriculum at St. Norbert College. He teaches a range of literature and writing classes. Both of these teaching interests stem from a deep interest in the history and theory of rhetoric.

His literary specialty is on the poetry and intellectual history of the English Renaissance. He is currently working on a book project entitled The Architecture of Accommodation: Spatial Rhetoric and Ethical Judgment in Renaissance English Poetry. This project considers how Renaissance poets like Spenser, Donne, Jonson, and Herbert saw rhetoric as an intrinsically social and ethical discipline. These poets, he argues, used the rhetorical craft to imagine the “common grounds” of cultural debates as shared architectural spaces – thus helping readers understand what they might share with their opponents and thereby develop their capacity for ethical judgment. An article drawn from this work, “Equitable Poetics and the State of Conflict in Edmund Spenser’s Two Cantos of Mutabilitie,” is forthcoming in Rhetorica, the journal of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. 

He arrived at this interest in rhetorical history through a longstanding commitment to teaching writing. In the past, he has directed a Writing Center, contributed to Grounds for Argument, and trained a range of instructors to incorporate effective writing pedagogies into their classes. As a leader in teaching composition at St. Norbert College, he aims to continue helping students learn through writing in his own courses, and to provide institutional support for teachers that would do the same. To this end, his classroom often acts as space for research, reflection, and experimentation. He has, for example, asked students to contribute to a course blog in order to help them recognize writing as a communicative and ethical activity; he intends to publish the results of this work as an essay entitled “Blog Ethics.”

Courses
IDIS College Writing
ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 305 Literary Theory and Writing
ENGL 389 Special Topics – Renaissance Lyric Poetry
ENGL 339 Shakespeare’s Drama
ENGL 334 Milton