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Meet the Faculty . . .

Dr. Michael W. Cox, Coordinator of Professional Writing
230A Biddle Hall, (814)-269-7159
  • Associate Professor of Writing
  • MA, Organizational Psychology, University of Chicago
  • MA, Creative Writing, University of Florida
  • PhD, English Literature, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Author of Against the Hidden River (Mammoth Books, 2013)
  • He has published short stories, essays, and critical articles in such venues as Passages North, Salt Hill, South Asian Review, the New York Times Magazine, Best American Essays, and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.
  • He teaches Fiction, Nonfiction, and Professional Writing.  He has more than a decade of full-time work experience in business and in health care research.

Ms. Marissa K. Landrigan
233B Biddle Hall, (814)-269-7148

  • Assistant Professor of Writing
  • MFA, Creative Writing and Environment, Iowa State University
  • She has published essays and commentary in such venues as Orion, Guernica, Creative Nonfiction, and Gulf Coast.
  • She teaches Nonfiction and Professional Writing and she has had several years of work experience as a publishing journalist and as a teacher of writing.

Dr. Eric Schwerer, Coordinator of Creative Writing
223A Biddle Hall, (814) 269-7138
  • Associate Professor of Writing
  • MFA, Poetry, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • PhD, Creative Writing, Ohio University
  • Author of Whittling Lessons  (published by Finishing Line Press)
  • Author of The Saint of Withdrawal (Custom Words Press, 2006)
  • His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Fence , Northwest Review , Elixir , Third Coast , The Journal , Quarter After Eight , and the Laurel Review.

Dr. Leland K. Wood
222B Biddle Hall, (814) 269-7146

  • Associate Professor of Journalism
  • MA, Journalism, Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD, Communication, Ohio University
  • He has a distinguished career as a professional newspaperman, serving as a daily newspaper reporter, Bureau Manager, correspondent business manager, and deputy metro editor.
  • The advisor of Pitt-Johnstown's student newspaper, The Advocate, he serves as writing consultant and coach for newspapers and is a daily newspaper columnist and magazine writer.
  • In the last several years, Pitt-Johnstown's Journalism program graduates have won 35 statewide awards for their professional work.

Last Reviewed: May 27, 2008