University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


The Humanities Division at Pitt-Johnstown offers a branch of learning dedicated to human thought, interaction, and expression with majors in communication, English literature, English writing (creative or professional), journalism, multimedia and digital culture, and theatre arts. 

Degree Programs


The Humanities Division is where you can find:

  • courses that focus on spoken, written, and digital communication
  • top faculty who inspire students to a greater understanding of the way in which human beings understand and respond to adversities, triumphs, failures, and success—and win awards for teaching, research, and creative writing.
  • student productions in the written, musical, and theatrical arts
  • courses focusing on key, fundamental works from such authors, thinkers, artists and musicians as Shakespeare, Dante, Chaucer, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Botticelli, Whitman, Dickinson, Jules Verne, Mary Cassatt, Virginia Woolf, Duke Ellington, Derek Wolcott, Jorge Luis Borges, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Faulkner, and The Beatles
  • courses that help you develop analytical thinking skills and refine your ability to create and appreciate the importance of creativity
  • engaging internships in many businesses in our community
  • quality instruction and experience leading to jobs in areas such as journalism, publishing, public relations, social media, magazines, foreign and government service, technical communication, and museum & gallery curation.

What the Humanities can do for you:

  • Make you aware of the ideas of the greatest minds in human experience.
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of other's cultures and other's points of view.
  • Help you integrate all areas of knowledge—and see how they all fit together.
  • Help you develop analytical thinking skills essential in all aspects of professional life.
  • Refine your ability to create and appreciate the importance of creativity.
  • Improve your oral and written communication skills.
  • Develop in your global perspectives.
  • Deepen your understanding of the world.
  • Clarify your own values.
  • Help you determine what is meaningful and meaningless.
  • Give you a greater appreciation of the joy, beauty, and success possible in your life.


234 Biddle Hall
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

814-269-7140 | FAX: 814-269-7196 
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Michael P. Stoneham, PhD, Division Chair  |  814-269-7137 |

Natalie Casti, Administrative Assistant  |  814-269-7140 |

Humanities Faculty

Dr. Alvaro A. Bernal - Foreign Language
Dr. Catherine S. Cox - English Literature
Dr. Michael W. Cox - Writing
Mrs. Kimberly A. Douglas - English Literature
Dr. Julia A. Galm - Multi-Media and Digital Culture and English Composition
Dr. Valerie S. Grash - Fine Arts
Dr. Ako Inuzuka - Communication
Dr. Jeremy C. Justus - English Literature and MMDC
Dr. Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff - English Literature
Ms. Marissa Kathryn Landrigan - Writing and MMDC
Dr. Derek A. Leben - Philosophy
Dr. Paul A. Lucas - Communication
Dr. Maryl R. McGinley - Communication
Dr. Diane M. Nicodemus - Communication
Dr. Barbara Petrosky - Foreign Language
Dr. Ann Rea - English Literature
Dr. Martin A. Rice - Philosophy
Dr. Frederick C. Schwerer - Writing
Dr. Michael P. Stoneham - Chair, Humanities Division / English Literature
Mr. John G. Teacher - Theatre
Mr. Jeffrey L. Webb - Music
Dr. Patty J. Wharton-Michael - Communication
Dr. Susan M. Wieczorek - Communication
Dr. Leland K. Wood - Journalism

Ms. Kristin L. Baxter - Writing
Mr. Michael L. Bodolosky - Music
Ms. Amy M. Bradley - Journalism
Mr. Richard J. Bukoski - Communication
Dr. Brian P. Burke - English Composition
Mr. Nathan D. Crissman - English Composition
Mrs. Karyn E. Fisher - English Composition
Dr. Kimberly J. Flanders - Communication
Dr. Brandon J. Galm - English Composition
Mr. Lance J. Harshbarger - English Composition
Mr. Frederick J. Hartland - Theatre
Mrs. C. Shelley Johansson - Communication
Mr. Roger N. Kerekes - Journalism
Mrs. Kimberly M. Miller - English Composition
Ms. Katherine A. Morris - Journalism
Ms. Paulette P. Parlock - Foreign Language
Dr. David Petrosky - Foreign Language
Mr. Kim R. Rauch - Music
Ms. Laura A. Rice - English Composition
Mr. Scott A. Sheets - Writing
Mrs. Erin Shifflett - English Composition 
Mrs. Ginger E. Stepp - English Composition
Mrs. Rachel B. Thomas-Kimmel - English Composition
Dr. Reine L. Turcato - Foreign Language


Sponsored Student Activities

Concert Band

Concert Band is dedicated to music performance and music appreciation. The Concert Band encourages growth and provides to the community free-of-charge concerts that they sponsor and perform at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Concert Choir

The UPJ Concert Choir is the official vocal ensemble of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Concert Choir performs a concert each term and also performs in the Johnstown community. Membership is open to all students. There is also an option available for students to take Concert Choir as one credit or to participate on the co-curricular level.

Pitt-Johnstown Players

A theatre club that presents performances throughout the year. Visit the PPAC website to view exciting theatre productions coming this year.

Humanities Division Faculty

Kristin L Baxter
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing
Alvaro A Bernal, PhD
Associate Professor, Foreign Language
Michael L Bodolosky
Executive Director, PPAC
Amy M Bradley
Richard J Bukoski
Brian P. Burke, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, English Composition
Michael W. Cox, PhD
Professor of English
Catherine S Cox, PhD
Professor, English Literature
Nathan D Crissman
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Kimberly A. Douglas
Instructor, English Composition
Karyn E Fisher
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Kimberly J Flanders, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Communication
Julia A. Galm, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Multimedia and Digital Culture
Brandon J Galm, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, English Composition
Valerie S Grash, PhD
Associate Professor, Fine Art
Lance J Harshbarger
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Frederick J Hartland
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts
Ako Inuzuka, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication
C. Shelley Johansson
Adjunct Instructor, Communication
Jeremy C Justus, PhD
Associate Professor, English Literature and Multimedia and Digital Culture
Roger N Kerekes
Adjunct Instructor, Journalism
Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, PhD
Associate Professor, English Literature
Cassandra N LaFramboise
Academic Advisor
Marissa Kathryn Landrigan
Associate Professor, Writing and Multimedia and Digital Culture
Derek A Leben, PhD
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Paul A Lucas, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication
Maryl R McGinley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Communication
Kimberly M Miller
Adjunct Instructor, Communication
Katherine A Morris
Adjunct Instructor, Journalism
Diane M Nicodemus, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication
Paulette P Parlock
Adjunct Instructor, Foreign Language
David Petrosky, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Foreign Language
Barbara Petrosky, PhD
Associate Professor, Foreign Language
Kim R Rauch
Adjunct Instructor, Music
Ann Rea, PhD
Associate Professor, English Literature
Laura A Rice
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Martin A Rice, PhD
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Frederick C Schwerer, PhD
Associate Professor, Writing
Scott A Sheets
Adjunct Instructor, Writing
Erin T Shifflett
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Ginger E Stepp
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Michael P Stoneham, PhD
Chair, Humanities Division Associate Professor, English Literature
John G Teacher
Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts
Rachel B Thomas-Kimmel
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition
Reine L Turcato, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Foreign Language
Jeffrey L Webb, MM
Associate Professor, Music
Patty J Wharton-Michael, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication
Susan M Wieczorek, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication
Leland K Wood, PhD
Associate Professor, Journalism