Dr. Robert Schachel

Professor of English;
Learning Support Communications Faculty Consultant

Hello, I'm Dr. Schachel.  

I love living in Orlando, and I am proud to be a part of the Valencia family.  I've been teaching here since 2007. 

Although I love literature, I have taught writing more than any other subject. Writing is always a part of any English class, and it is the backbone of human communication. I love helping people learn to do it well. I take a practical approach to teaching writing as a practical skill people find useful in whatever they choose to do with their careers. 

My academic interests are Nineteenth-Century American literature, the Gothic genre, psychoanalytic approaches to literature, and materiality of text and representation. However, I love spending time riding my Harley Davidson and camping out in Florida’s nature. That’s my bike. Her name is Lenore. 

I earned my BA in English from the University of Florida, my MA in English from the University of Virginia, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.  I have also studied at Trinity College Dublin, and I began my Ph.D. work at the University of Kentucky.  I have taught every level from 8th grade to University.  Over my twenty-year career, I have taught at three different high schools, two universities, and Valencia College.  I taught my first English class when I was seventeen years old (a lesson on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams," on which I also gave a quiz).  I've made the study and teaching of English my life.  Every day I do my best to honor my mentors and earn confidence they placed in me. I do my best to pass on what they have taught me.  

I look forward to seeing you in my class. 


East Campus
Building 1, Room 325 (1-325)


Spring 2019 Office Hours
Monday 12:50-2:20 in my office
Tuesday  12:50-2:20 in my office
Wednesday  12:50-2:20 in my office
Thursday  12:50-2:20 in my office
Friday 8-12 (virtual via email, computer) 

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