David Rogner, PhD

Professor of English

Chair, Department of English

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Rogner teaches the following classes at Concordia University Chicago: Literary Theory and Criticism, Romantic Period, Twentieth Century Poetry, Shakespeare, Victorian Age, Writing Poetry, Introduction to Honors: Critical Thinking, Writing About Literature, and Noetic Experience: Humanities. His areas of expertise include British romanticism, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 19th and 20th century poetry, hymnody, and the intersection of Christian art and poetry. Dr. Rogner is also the editor of Motif, Concordia-Chicago’s literary and creative arts journal. He has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 1986.


  • PhD, Loyola University Chicago; Chicago.
  • MA, Central Missouri State University; Warrensburg, Mo.
  • BA, Concordia College; River Forest, Ill.

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • Dawnlight Breaks: The Hymn Texts and Translations of F. Samuel Janzow.  Lutheran University Press, 2014.

Hymn and choral anthem texts:

  • “O Comforter, Descend on Us” (music by Carl Schalk), GIA Music, 2015.
  • “Welcome, Precious Infant Lord” (music by Carl Schalk), Morningstar Music, 2014.
  • “O God our Father, Source and Destination” (music by Carl Schalk), GIA Music, 2014.
  • Salvation’s Joy: The Psalms of Heinrich Schütz (music by Jonathan Kohrs), CPH, 2008.
  • “Your Kingdom, O God, Is My Glorious Treasure,” Lutheran Service Book, 2006.
  • “Jesus Comes Today with Healing,” Lutheran Service Book, 2006.
  • “Give Ear, O Lord, and Visit Me” (music by James Rogner), Morningstar Music, 2000.

Poetry Publications:

  • “Candlemas Morn: February 2, 2011,” Motif, 2011
  • “Funeral Ties,” Mid-America Poetry Review, 2004.
  • “Radio Ball,” Elysian Fields Quarterly, 2002.
  • “Real Trees," RE:AL, 2000.
  • “Rethinking Frost’s Design at a Used Book Store in Vermont,” RE:AL, 2000.
  • “Tourist Blues,” Mid-America Poetry Review, 2000.
  • “Fishing with Dad” Chelsea, 1998.


  • “The Hymn Texts and Translations of F. Samuel Janzow.”  Concordia University Lectures in Church Music, 2013
  • "Jesus, I Will Ponder Now: The Passion of our Lord in Poetry and Painting," Wisconsin Lutheran College, 2011
  • “Sublime Power or Picturesque Appeal: West Country Landscape in Three Coleridge Poems,” the Coleridge Summer Conference; Cannington, England, 2008.
  • “The Geography of the Canvas: Coleridge’s Pursuit of Painted Space,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference; N.Y., 2003.
  • “Irving’s Sketch Book: Drawing Picturesque Britain with American Crayons,” Missouri Philological Association conference; Fulton, Mo., 2001.
  • Coleridge in the Claude Glass: A New Look at the Conversation Poems,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference; Halifax, 1999.