Edgar Allan Poe, Rhetorical Analyses, Science and Literature


John A. Dern earned his Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University. A teacher since 1991, he received the 2009 Violet B. Ketels Award for teaching and service from the Intellectual Heritage Program, as well as the 2017 College of Liberal Arts Teaching/Instructional Faculty Award. He has published one book, Martians, Monsters and Madonna: Fiction and Form in the World of Martin Amis, and essays on a variety of subjects in journals such as The Edgar Allan Poe ReviewInterdisciplinary Literary StudiesLiterature/Film QuarterlyPennsylvania English and The Radio Journal. He has also published pedagogical articles in The Teaching Professor newsletter.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • "Critical Moments: How Focusing on Individual Words Can Lead to Learning." The Teaching Professor (online), 11 Oct. 2021.
  • "Deadly Sins: 'The Black Cat' as a Macabre Retelling of Genesis 1-4." The Edgar Allan Poe Review 21.1 (2020): 1-22.
  • "Need to Foster Participation? Try a Ranking Game!" The Teaching Professor (online), 12. Aug. 2019.
  • "A Problem in Detection: The Rhetoric of Murder in Poe's 'The Black Cat." The Edgar Allan Poe Review 18.2 (2017): 163-182.
  • "A More Organic Approach to Encouraging Students to Use the Dictionary." The Teaching Professor 31.7 (2017): 7.
  • "Iron Poe: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' in Story and Song." The Edgar Allan Poe Review 16.1 (2015): 70-82.
  • Avoiding Information Overload: Remembering Course Goals." The Teaching Professor 26.8 (2012): 1.
  • "Beyond Vaccination: Edward Jenner and the Problem of Contingency." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 14.2 (2012): 164-79.
  • "The Third Man and the Third Medium: Radio and the Characterization of Harry Lime." The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 2.3 (2004): 171-86.
  • "'Sin without God': Existentialism and The Trial." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 5.2 (2004): 94-109.

Courses Taught


  • Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life
  • Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good.
  • Honors Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life
  • Honors Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good

Media Mentions

Dr. Thomas Botzman Named 13th President of the University of Mount Union
via PR Newswire on January 23, 2020

Dr. Thomas Botzman Named 13th President of the University of Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Thomas Botzman, president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, has been named the...