Outstanding Adviser 2001
Ernst Schoen-René, professor of English, recently
retired from full-time teaching and advising, but he was well known
for his enthusiasm and dedication to students. He not only listed
his office hours and phone number on his office door, but also his
e-mail, home telephone, and home address. He was willing to accommodate
the varying needs of student advisees who had to drive hundreds
of miles, call at night, or meet after hours for competency interviews.
Schoen-René advised the more than 150 English department
students preparing for the Credential Program; he evaluated the
25 or more portfolios of students wishing to challenge the upper-division
writing course for liberal studies majors; he talked with dozens
of outside students who sought his advice on subject-matter competency
in English; and he advised pre-credential candidates, using a 172-page
teacher-learners handbook he wrote to help students prepare
for the departments subject-
matter competency interviews and for their future careers as teachers.
Lynn Elliott, chair of the Department of English, says, Ernst
assumes a tremendous responsibility for pre-credential students.
Throughout, he is driven by one thought: that the educational welfare
of these students creates excellent future teachers in Californias
school system. He did all of this with availability, energy,
kindness, humor, and warmth. A pre-credential candidate says, Having
someone believe in you is the sweetest gift one person can give
another, and Ernst Schoen-René gave that gift to me.
A graduating student says, He has modeled for me what it means
to be a committed and passionate teacher and adviser.
Schoen-René was named Outstanding Teacher in 1984 and taught
in the London Semester program in the spring of 2001