John D. Lawson, Ph.D.
Professor of English (Arts & Humanities)
412-397-6447 phone (M)
412-397-6469 fax
Wheatley Center 319

Educational Background

  • M.A., English Professional Writing, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1986
  • Ph.D., English Rhetoric and Linguistics, Northern Illinois University, 1995

Professional Background

  • Professor of English Studies and Communication Skills, 2011-present Chair, Performance Studies Interest Council, Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA), 2005-11 President, PCA, 2005

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Rhetoric, Writing, Performance Studies, Poetry


  • Precisely There: A Festschrift in Honor of Ronald H. Bayes (co-editor). Arroyo Seco, NM: Palisade Press. 2011. Generations (poems). Laurinburg, NC: St. Andrews College Press. 2007.