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Dr. John Woznak

  • John Woznak

    Position: Professor of English

    Department: Literature and Languages

    Office: Scotus Hall 308

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    814.472.3311

    About John Woznak

    Education

    • Ph.D., English Literature - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • M.A., English Literature - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • B.A., English and Comparative Literature - Saint Francis College

    Biography

    As an alumnus of Saint Francis University and a well-acknowledged professor here, Dr. John Woznak is deeply acquainted with the Franciscan values of the institution. His book, Stewards of the Vision, was the sesquicentennial tribute to the history of Saint Francis College/University and the goals of Franciscan education that guided the school from its founding. His educational interests include British literature, popular culture, and their rich intersections. He has taught courses ranging from Chaucer to the literary foundations of the films of M. Night Shymalan. Some of Dr. Woznak’s campus talks and presentations include a bicentennial lecture on the history of Saint Francis College/University, a series of “Day of Reflection” musical concerts based on the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, and an address on Shakespeare and his age.

    Academic & Professional Specializations

    • British literature
    • comparative literatures
    • Irish literature

    Teaching Interests

    • fundamentals of written English
    • composition
    • studies in literature
    • world literature
    • Chaucer and medieval literature
    • Shakespeare’s plays
    • seventeenth-century literature
    • eighteenth-century literature
    • modern British drama
    • English Romantic and Victorian poetry
    • literature and the films of M. Night Shyamalan
    • Select Publications
    • Academic Presentations
    • Referee Experience
    • Awards
    Select Publications

    Books

    • Stewards of the Vision: St. Francis College 1847-1997

    Newspaper Articles

    • “Stewards of the Vision,” Tribune-Democrat Sesquicentennial Supplement (September 28, 1997).
    • “Fast Facts,” Tribune-Democrat Sesquicentennial Supplement (September 28, 1997).
    • “College-History,” Tribune-Democrat Sesquicentennial Supplement (September 28, 1997).
    Academic Presentations
    • “The Development of Irish Periodical Literature 1685-1800,” Indiana University of Pennsylvania, November 1999.
    • “James Arbuckle’s The Dublin Weekly Journal’s Contribution to the Ongoing Development of Shaftesbury’s Philosophy of Benevolence and Innate Goodness,” Indiana University of Pennsylvania, November 1999.
    • "Some Editor’s Notes in Compiling the History of Saint Francis College,” Prince Gallitzin Bicentennial Lecture Series (Inaugural Lecture), September 1999.
    Referee Experience
    • Article on early eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish literature for the journal Pennsylvania English (Behrend College, Pennsylvania State University at Erie)
    • Pennsylvania Reads
    • “Ash Wednesday.” Celebration, (March 1987): 3 pp.
    • “James Arbuckle and the Dublin Weekly Journal: Obstacles to Research.” The Journal of Irish Literature, (May 1993): 7 pp.
    • “Parish Penance.” Celebration, (March 1994): 3 pp.
    Awards
    • Saint Francis University Honor Society Distinguished Faculty Award (1989, 1994)
    • Best of Category Award 32nd Annual Exhibition of Western Pennsylvania Stewards of the Vision (1998)
    • National Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award (2000)
    • Saint Francis University Student Government Associate Outstanding Educator Award (2005)