James Jaap, PhD

Penn State Lion Mark
Teaching Professor, English
Assistant Chief Academic Officer
Office Phone
Office Location
Main Building, 109B
Mon - 09:00am-10:00am; 11:15am-01:15pm
Wed - 09:00am-10:00am; 11:15am-01:15pm
Fri - 09:00am-10:00am; 11:15am-01:15pm
By Appointment
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

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


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)


Ph.D. English Duquesne University 2003

M.A. English Duquesne University 1991

B.A. English University of Dayton 1989

Course Schedule
Spring 2020 Semester:
Greater Allegheny
AMST 150N-001 Western Pennsylvania Art, Literature, and Culture
Frable Building 206
M W F 01:25pm-02:15pm
ENGL 15-002 Rhetoric and Composition
Frable Building 206
M W F 10:10am-11:00am