James Jaap, Ph.D.

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Teaching Professor, English
Assistant Chief Academic Officer
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Office Location
Main Building, 109B
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132
    Biography

    Fall 2021

    On-Campus Office Hours:
    Mondays:  9:00-10:00 am; and 1:00-2:00pm
    Wednesday 9:00-10:00 am; and 1:00-2:00pm
    Friday 9:00-10:00 am

    Virtual Office Hours via Zoom:
    Mondays:  9:00-10:00 am; and 1:00-2:00pm
    Wednesday 9:00-10:00 am; and 1:00-2:00pm
    Friday 9:00-10:00 am

    Zoom URL : https://psu.zoom.us/j/3232441573​​​​​​​


    Hired in 1998 as an instructor of English, over the last 22 years, my primary focus is teaching writing, including first-year composition, and other literature courses. From 2003-2011, I served as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, and I was recently promoted to Teaching Professor of English. Recent activities connected to my scholarly work includes directing the Willa Cather International Seminar in 2017 and serving as a member of the Willa Cather Foundation's Board of Governors. Currently, I am developing the Western Pennsylvania Art, Literature, and Culture Project, a center devoted to the study of art and literature in Western Pennsylvania.

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

    Research Interests

    Willa Cather, Pittsburgh literature and history, American comedy, The American Novel

    Publications

    Willa Cather and Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Idealism and the Artist. Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 58.3 (Spring 2016): 7-12.

    Note on Exact Date of Willa Cather’s Arrival in Pittsburgh. With Timothy Bintrim. Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 58.3 (Spring 2016): 31.

    Willa Cather, E.L. Blumenschein, and the Painting of To-morrow. Cather Studies, Volume 11. Expected date of publication. Fall 2016. (In press)

    Education

    Ph.D. English Duquesne University 2003

    M.A. English Duquesne University 1991

    B.A. English University of Dayton 1989