• Professional Experience

Professional Experience


  • Doctor of Arts in English                                              Carnegie-Mellon University 1978
  • Master of Arts in English                                              University of Dayton 1968
  • Bachelor of Science in English/Education                    Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD 1965



  • 1989-Present     Professor of English                              Gannon University
  • 1978-1989        Associate Professor of English              Gannon University
  • 1972-1978        Assistant Professor of English               Gannon University
  • 1968-1972        Instructor of English                               Gannon University
  • 1967-1968        Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher   St. Albert School   Kettering, OH
  • 1965-1966        Fourth Grade Teacher                            Pleasant Local School   Marion, OH



  • 2011 January to July         Interim President
  • 2004-2005                         Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • 2003 January to June        Acting Chair, Department of English (Spring semester)
  • 2002 June and July           Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • 1995-1996                         Dean of the College of Humanities, Business, and Education
  • 1992-1995                         Dean of the College of Humanities
  • 1991-1992                         Director of the Academic Advising Center
  • 1988-1991                         Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • 1985-1987                         Interim Dean of the College of Humanities
  • 1975-1981                         Director of the Open University Program
  • 1975-1979                         Ombudsman for the College of Humanities
  • 1973-1974                         Acting Director of Upward Bound
  • 1970-1973                         Director of the Freshman English Program



  • Karen M. Kelly and Philip H. Kelly. “Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees: A New Classroom Classic,” English Journal 89.8 (December 1997): 61-63.  Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Detroit: Gale Group, 2000, Volume 130, pp. 101-103.
  • "The Reader as Hero: Reader-Response Criticism and Greeley's Fiction," Andrew Greeley's World: An Anthology of Critical Essays, 1986-1988, ed. Ingrid Shafer.  New York: Warner Books, 1989.
  • "Opening the American Mind Not Filling It: An Argument Against the Humanities Cure." Pennsylvania English 13.1 (Fall/Winter 1988): 62-67.
  • "Sin, Guilt, and Forgiveness in Greeley's Passover Trilogy." Journal of Popular Literature  4.1 (Spring/Summer 1988): 37-48.  Reprinted in Andrew Greeley's World: An Anthology of Critical Essays, 1986-1988, ed. Ingrid Shafer.  New York: Warner Books, 1989.
  • "Learning, Allusions, and Lists: ‘You Don't Have to Quote the Whole of the Inferno to Show That You've Read Milton,'" The Chronicle of Higher Education 20 July 1988, section B, pp. 1-2.


PAPERS PRESENTED—LITERATURE AND WRITING                               .

  • “Saint George and the Dragon: Disempowering, Not Saving, the Lady.” 23rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Conference at the University of Virginia at Wise, September 24-26, 2010.
  • "Gerard Manley Hopkins: Inscape, Sacramentality, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition" Mideast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, October 2002.
  • “The Electronic Document: An Opportunity to Reconceptualize Written Work.” 28th Annual Convention of the International Business School Computing Association (IBSCA), Gannon University, Erie, PA July 2001
  • "Barbara Kingsolver: A New American Regionalism" Pennsylvania College English Association. Penn State-Behrend, Erie, PA, April 1997
  • "Introducing James Joyce's Finnegans Wake in the Classroom" College English Association, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1991
  • "A Backdoor Key to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake : On Teaching the Masterpiece," Pennsylvania College English Association, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1990
  • "Greeley's Angel Fire : An Analogue for Understanding God's Love," Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto, April 1990
  • "The Reader as Hero: Reader-Response Criticism and Greeley's Fiction," Popular Culture Association Convention, New Orleans, March 1988
  • "Sin, Guilt, and Forgiveness in Greeley's The Passover Trilogy," North East Modern Language Association, Boston, March 1987
  • "Transactional Reading of Poetry: A Workshop for Teachers," North East Modern Language Association, March 1986
  • "Technical Writing in the Liberal Arts Curriculum," North East Modern Languages Association, March 1985
  • "The Visual Impact of Memos and Reports: A Psychological Perspective," North East Modern Language Association, March 1983


PAPERS PRESENTED—CRITICAL THINKING                                   .    

  • "Promoting Synthetic Thinking in the Classroom," National Council of Teachers of English--East Regional Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1990
  • "Broadening the Notion of Synthesis: Toward Creative Thinking in the Classroom," Intellectual Skills Development Conference, Michigan State University, October 1989
  • "Rhetoric and Cognitive Psychology," Writing Centers Association-- East Central, May 1985
  • "Thought and Language: A Linguistic Analysis of Programming Languages," Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, October 1984



  • "Merit Pay in the Context of Collegial Governance," Kansas State Conference on Faculty Evaluation and Development, April 1986 with Martin Larrey as co-presenter
  • "Quality on a Shoestring," Kansas State Conference on Off-Campus Credit Programs: The Issue of Quality, 1978



  • Erie Insurance Group, Erie, PA                Professional Staff, June 2005;
  • Erie Insurance Group, Erie, PA                Actuarial Staff, October 2005
  • Saint Vincent Medical Center, Erie, PA    Professional Staff, July 1990
  • Gertruce Barber Center, Erie, PA             Professional Staff, October 1987
  • National Forge, Irvine, PA                         Engineering and Management Staff, April 1984
  • Erie Insurance Group, Erie, PA                 Human Resources Division, Summer 1983
  • Gertrude Barber Center, Erie, PA             Professional Staff, March 1983
  • Hammermill Paper Company, Erie, PA     Technical Control Division, Spring 1982


CONTINUING EDUCATION                                                  .    

  • Helping Faculty Integrate Technology and Pedagogy, University of Notre Dame, June 11-14, 2002.
  • Harvard University's Management Development Program. June 20 to July 2, 1993
  • Technical Writing Skills and Computer-Based Writing Tools, Engineering Summer Conferences, University of Michigan, July 1989
  • Improving College Teaching. A seminar by Kansas State University, Tampa,FL March 1987
  • Identifying and Measuring Student Outcomes. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Saratoga Springs, NY. July 1985
  • Technical Writing Institute for Teachers. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. June, 1981


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS                                         .    

  • Treasurer and Board Member of Northwest Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English, 1988-91
  • Board Member, Erie Area Fund for the Arts, 1991 to 1996
  • Northeast Modern Language Association, 1983 to 1995
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, 1981 to present
  • National Council of Teachers of English, 1984 to 2000
  • Modern Language Association, 1986-87
  • Popular Culture Association, 1987-88
  • Association of Professional Writing Consultants, 1983


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES                                              .    

  • Manuscript reviews for Macmillan in business writing and in freshman composition, 1985 to 1992
  • Judge for High School Writing Achievement Awards for the National Council of Teachers of English, 1990
  • Session Chair, "Technical Writing," Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, July 1984
  • Session Chair, "Technical Writing: Empirical and Theoretical Research," North East Modern Language  Association, March 1984. (Organized session, issued call for papers, reviewed submissions, selected panelists.)


COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS                                              .    

  • "Writing Effective Memos," International Association of Secretaries, Erie, PA, October 1989
  • "Effective Business Communications," Junior League, Erie, PA, February 1988
  • "Effective Business Communications," SERTOMA, Erie, PA, December 1987
  • "Effective Memos and Reports," Erie Jaycees, Erie, PA, May 1985


POPULAR PUBLICATION                                                     .    

  • "Jim Ryun: An Interview." American Running and Fitness May, 1982 (Ryun is past world-record holder in the mile run.)