Faculty & Staff SpotlightRhoda Schuler

Dr. Rhoda Schuler

Term Faculty in Religion

Dr. Rhoda Schuler has been teaching full-time at Concordia University since fall 2008.  In her previous life she served as executive director for a church-related non-profit that addressed problems of poverty and racism in north St. Louis County, Missouri.  Her decade of work on the behalf of those on the margins of society along with her advanced theological training make her uniquely qualified to teach in the University Honors Program In litteris fideque.  She teaches the spring Honors courses, which focus on service to the world and on “hearing the voices of the marginalized.” Dr. Schuler also serves as the university supervisor for DCE and DCO interns in Concordia University’s church work programs.

Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines.  Convinced that what people believe is more profoundly shaped by worship and ritual than by didactic exercises, her research interests have implications for the church.


  • Th.D., Historical Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (2002)
  • M.A., Liturgical Studies, St. John’s University School of Theology, Collegeville, MN (1993)
  • B.A., Theology major, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN (1977)


Church history survey, Christianity in the U.S., liturgy and worship, interdisciplinary teaching in the Honors Program In litteris fideque.