Andrew Schmitz

Dr. Andrew Schmitz
SchoolSchool of Interdisciplinary Studies
School Portfolio
  • General Arts and Science Certificate & Diploma
  • Public Service Post Graduate
  • Technical Communications Post Graduate
  • Communications
  • General Education
  • Degree Breadth
  • Career Development
Academic and Professional Designations
  • 1997 PhD, Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 1992 MA, Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 1988 BA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
TitleChair, Interdisciplinary Studies
Areas of Expertise & InterestCritical and Literary Theory, 20th century English, German and Austrian Modernism (Kafka and Joyce), literature and philosophy, phenomenology, Emmanuel Levinas, nineteenth-century German Idealism.
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • Ontario College Administrative Staff Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • International Association of Philosophy and Literature
  • Kafka Society of America
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications


"The Dialectics of Kafka and Joyce: Modernist Structures after Hegel."

Professors Henry Sussman (Director), Rodolphe Gasche, Jill Robbins.

  • The dissertation examines the aesthetic and political horizons of modern European literature between the world wars.
Fellowships and Honours:
  • AAUP Scholar of the Year Award (D'Youville College, 2002)
  • D'Youville Faculty Award (2000)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship for study at Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet, Muenchen (1992-93)
  • Teaching Fellowship for Graduate study at SUNY Buffalo (1989-94)
  • Philosophy Exchange Scholarship at the University of Warwick, England (1985-1986)
Additional InformationAndrew enjoys working with faculty to create programs and courses that enable students to apply a breadth of learning towards their future careers. Andrew is actively engaged with institutional quality initiatives with degree breadth courses, general education electives, communication courses and career development courses. Andrew lives on a rural property with his family; including two rescue dogs and one cat: Lili, Rain and Egghorse.