James Jaap, Ph.D.

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

Spring 2022

On-Campus Office Hours:
Mondays:  9:00-10:00 a.m.; and 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Wednesday:  9:00-10:00 a.m.;
and 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Friday:   9:00-10:00 a.m.; and 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Virtual Office Hours via Zoom:
Mondays:  9:00-10:00 a.m.; and 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Wednesday:  9:00-10:00 a.m.; and 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Friday:  9:00-10:00 a.m.; and 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

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

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