Chester H. E. Schnepf, who has recently retired, was a full-time college professor for 36 years and a Humanities Department Chair for over 20 years at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT. He taught courses in literature, drama, English composition, philosophy and special topic courses, which he designed.
- 1972 New York Institute of Technology | Cum Laude, BFA
- 1974 Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York | with Distinction, MA
- 1980 Trinity College, Hartford, CT | Sixth Year Advanced Study Degree
- 2000 Southern Connecticut State University | Graduate Environmental Courses
- 2010 Yale University Fellowship at Sterling Memorial Library | Intensive self-directed research on Gothic Literature, cumulating in a Yale University presentation to Yale faculty members
While attending Trinity College, Professor Schnepf studied under the late Dr. Richard Benton, Edgar Allen Poe scholar and one of the original founders/contributors of the “Poe Newsletter.” Professor Schnepf’s book entitled The Protagonist’s Dilemma in Poe and LeFanu: The Emergence of the Modern Gothic Tradition, is dedicated to Dr. Richard Benton. This book is part of the Trinity College Library’s collection in Dublin, Ireland and in the University of Virginia Library’s current collection. Professor Schnepf also wrote compilations of his own poems in a book titled The Sadness in Pine Needles Falling and a book titled Thoughts in Nine.
- George W. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra University
- Citation given by the Town of North Hempstead for service to Hofstra University
- Citation given by Senator Kemp Hannon of NY for service to Hofstra University
- Certificate of Special Recognition from Congressman Pete King, House of Representatives for service to Hofstra University
- Distinguished Professor Award from New York Institute of Technology at their 2023 graduation ceremony
- 1972 – 1978 Served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge