Ph.D. English (American Literature). University of Delaware, 1991. Dissertation: “The Inspirational Wilderness: The Role of the Wilderness in the Literature of the American Renaissance.”
M.A. English. Rutgers University, 1986.
B.A. Cum Laude, English. Rutgers University, 1983.
Karen Schramm taught at Rutgers University and University of Delaware while pursuing her M.A. and Ph.D., respectively. She then worked as an adjunct at a local community college in New Jersey before joining the DelVal faculty in 1996.
She has won awards for teaching excellence throughout her career. In addition to teaching, she is also active with scholarship and service and is a philanthropist supporting causes to protect people, animals and the environment.
Schramm is advisor to The Gleaner and the designer and co-chair of the Solutions Student Writing Contest.
Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Dr. Schramm has presented at numerous conferences on technology, education, and American literature, at ALA, NEMLA, and Lilly Conventions.
Her publications include a definitive chapter on promotional literature in the Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature and about 28 other works.
- “The Literary Culture of Jamestown,” a chapter in the volume, The History of Virginia Literature. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. My chapter is considered definitive on the topic.
- “SummerTreasure,” a haiku poem, published in July 2012, in the National Gallery of Writing, a scholarly online community site sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
- “SpringGift,” a haiku poem, published in October 2011, in the National Gallery of Writing, a scholarly online community site sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
- “What Are You Doing…about Technology in the Classroom?: Or, Stop Short-Circuiting Learning From Day One,” English Leadership Quarterly 34.1 (August 2011).
- The Gleaner (as Advisor, Copy-Editor, and Occasional Contributor), 2012-2013; 2011-2012; 2010-2011; 2009-2010; 2008-2009; 2007-2008; 2006-2007; 2005-2006; 2004-2005; 2003-2004; 2002-2003; 2001-2002; 2000-2001; 1999-2000; 1998-1999. Tiger Printing Co., for DVC.
- “AutumnBlessings,” a haiku poem, published in October 2010, in the National Gallery of Writing, a scholarly online community site sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and also published in the DelVal Digest, December 2010.
- “WinterGlory,” a haiku poem, published in January 2010, in the National Gallery of Writing, a scholarly online community site sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
- “Promotional Literature,” a chapter in the volume, The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. My chapter is considered definitive on the topic.
- Del Val Periodic Review Interim Report, co-edited with Dr. Robert Yapsuga and presented to Middle States Commission on May 21, 2008.
- “Tecknowledgey Teens: Or, Just Try Thinking Away from the Box,” English Leadership Quarterly 29.4 (April 2007).
- “’Seeing Like a Pinecone’: The ‘Angered Porcupine’ Approach to Creative Teaching.” English Leadership Quarterly 27.3 (February 2005).
- “The ‘Devil’s Territories’ or ‘The Preservation of the World’?: Thoreau’s Subversion of Puritan Wilderness Discourse,” in Finding Colonial America(s). Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2001.
- “Hands-On Thinking and Learning: A Hands-Down Favorite.” English Leadership Quarterly 24.1 (August 2001).
- “My Office is Open—Get Your Tickets Now!” Teaching for Success 12.8 (November 2000).
- “A Bird’s-Eye View: Clarifying and Enriching Essays,” Teaching for Success 11.7 (October 1999).
- “Winning the War of Words: Improving Our Students’ Spelling,” English Leadership Quarterly Volume 21, Number 4 (April 1999).
- Six 6-page articles for American National Biography: John Lauris Blake; Charles James Cannon; William Alexander Carruthers; George Coggeshall; Thomas Jefferson Farnham; Samuel Griswold Goodrich. The American Council of Learned Societies. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
- “Blow Away Boredom!: Hats Off to…Hats!” Teaching for Success 10.8 (November 1998).
- “Making the Grade,” Teaching for Success 9.5 (August 1997); winner of $300 award for best article.
- “Team Questions Motivate Students,” Teaching for Success 9.2 (February 1997).
- “Nathaniel Parker Willis,” in DLB’s American Travel Writers, 1776-1864, 2 volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997.
- “Attendance a Problem? Try This Contract Approach,” Teaching for Success 8.5 (August 1996).
- "Why Do Your Students Feel Like Bowling Balls?" Teaching for Success, Vol. 8, No. 3 (March 1996).
- "The Advice Column: Friends Helping Friends." Teaching for Success, Vol. 7, No. 6 (September 15, 1995).
- 'In His Sight': Biblical Allusion as Rhetorical Strategy in Lowell's The Biglow Papers." Massachusetts Studies in English, Winter 1992: 1-20.
Hours posted on door, vary by semester