Thomas Schneider

Thomas R. Schneider, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English / Assistant Dean Arts & Sciences

Office Phone: (951) 343-3975
Email: tschneider@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Office Location: Tyler 329
Office Hours: Tuesday 9 AM-12 PM and 1-3 PM; Wednesday 9 AM-12 PM


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Ph.D. English University of California, Riverside 2013
M.A. English University of California, Riverside 2010
B.A. English and Latin Calvin College 2007

Additional Education


Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship, University of California, Riverside (2008-2013)



University Teaching Certificate, University of California, Riverside, 2013

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, California Baptist University, 2014

Classes Taught

Survey of British Literature 1 (English 213)

Shakespeare Studies (English 413)

Topics in World Literature: Early Epic Poetry (English 303)

Introduction to Literature (English 201)

Language Structure and Acquisition (English 463/563)

Young Adult Literature (English 363)

Children's Literature / Introduction to Children's Literature (English 353)

Detective Fiction (English 360)

Senior Project (English 499)

Multicultural Literature (English 313)

Composition (English 113)

Intermediate Composition (English 123)

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

14th- and 15th-Century British Literature

Metrical and Alliterative Arthurian Romance, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Thomas Malory, William Langland

12th-Century French Literature

Medieval Literature

Theories of Motion, Space, Place in Literature


Early Modern/Renaissance Literature

Shakespeare Studies

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Five years of teaching experience in English at the University of California, Riverside

Research, Presentations, and Publications

"Malory's 'Fyne Force': Motion in Le Morte Darthur. Arthuriana, vol. 30, no. 4, 2020, pp. 56-69.
Introduction. Beowulf, translated by John Earle, Quarto, Knickerbocker Classics, 2017, pp. vii-xvi.
"The Chivalric Masculinity of Marie de France's Shape-Changers." Arthuriana, vol. 26, no. 3, Fall 2016, pp. 25-40.
"Chaucer's Physics: Motion in The House of Fame." In The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits. Ed. James Smith. New York: Punctum Books, 2017.
"Review of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader, ed. Brett Edward Whalen." Comitatus. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. 2012.
"Review of ‘This Earthly Stage’: World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, Brett D. Hirsch and Christopher Wortham." Comitatus. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. 2012.
Multiple entries and annotations in Allen, Mark, and Stephanie Amsel, eds. "An Annotated Chaucer Bibliography, 2013-present" Studies in the Age of Chaucer 36 and on. 2015-present.
Motion in Late Medieval English Literature: Impulse, Randomization, Acceleration. University of California, Riverside. 2013.
"Introducing Beowulf to the General Reader." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Honolulu, Hawaii. November 11, 2017.
"Wolfram's Parzival: Expanding the Boundaries of the Arthurian World." Conference on Christianity and Literature (West). Point Loma Nazarene. San Diego, California. May 12, 2017.
"Online English Instruction: Theory and Praxis." Co-presenter: Gretchen Bartels. Conference on Christianity and Literature (West). California Baptist University. May 12-14, 2016.
"Chaucer's Physics: Motion in The House of Fame." New Chaucer Society Conference. University of Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland. July 15-20, 2014.
"Chaucer, Mimesis, and the Fantastic in A Midsummer Night's Dream." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Riverside. October 31-November 2, 2014.
“Medieval Landscape and the Empire of Signs.” Co-presenter: John M. Ganim. Medieval Academy of America 2013 Annual Meeting. Knoxville, Tennessee. April 4-6, 2013.
“‘In a wildernesse, wist I never where’: Wandering and the Romance Landscape in the Piers Plowman B-Text.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Seattle. October 19-21, 2012.
“Landscape, Aesthetics, and War in the Poetry of Laurence Minot.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Scripps College. Claremont, CA. November 5-6, 2011.
“Knightly Pagans, Monsters, and Bamboo Lances: The East in Wolfram’s Parzival.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, MI. May 9-12, 2011.
“Containment, Dualism, and the Poetics of Fading in the Works of Robert Lowell and the Beowulf-Poet.” American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco May 27-30, 2010. 

Church Membership / Activities

I am a member of The Grove Community Church and I participate in and support a variety of its ministries.

Community Service / Involvement

Regular Contributor to the Chaucer Bibliography in Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2014-present)

Written Exam Assessor for the County of Riverside Sheriff's Department

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family

When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, cycling, hiking and other outdoor activities, making music, and just being with my family.

Personal Quote / Scripture / Philosophy of Education

"Find the story. [...] She believed that the world was full of story shapes. If you let them, they controlled you. But if you studied them, if you found out about them... you could use them, you could change them..."

- Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
- Plutarch
"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face."
- 1 Corinthians 13:12, NRSV