James A. Jaap, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor of English
Penn State University Senator Vice Chair, Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee
Co-Director, 2017 Willa Cather International Seminar
Office Phone: 412-675-9174
Office Location: Main 109B
Mailing Address:
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

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James Jaap received his B.A. from the University of Dayton and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duquesne University in English, and since 1997, he has been teaching English at Penn State Greater Allegheny.  In addition to rhetoric and composition, Dr. Jaap also teaches a variety of literature and writing courses, including Technical and Business writing, the Short Story, Banned Books, and American humor. His current research focuses on famous American novelist Willa Cather and her connection to Pittsburgh. He recently co-directed the 16th Willa Cather International Seminar, which was held in Pittsburgh in June 2017 and he will be co-editing volume 13 of the peer-reviewed journal Cather Studies.  Other research areas include his Pittsburgh Literature Project, a project focusing on Pittsburgh authors, including Cather, Rachel Carson, and August Wilson. He has also served as a University Senator on the Penn State Faculty Senate since 2013. 

Teaching Interests:
American novel, humor and satire, banned Books, Willa Cather, Pennsylvania literature


Class Class Title Days & Times Room
ENGL 15-001 Rhetoric and Comp M W F 9:05AM - 9:55AM Main Building 204
ENGL 15-002 Rhetoric and Comp M W F 10:10AM - 11:00AM Main Building 204
ENGL 184-001 The Short Story TBA WEB
ENGL 432-1 Am Novel to 1900 (Lecture) M W 1:05PM - 2:20PM Main Building 101
  Office Hours M-W 11-1; F 11-12 Main 109B
Research Interests
Willa Cather, Pittsburgh literature and history, American comedy, The American Novel