Paul Kameen

Paul Kameen retired in 2018. He taught pedagogy and composition theory in the graduate curriculum and a variety of composition, literature and creative writing courses in the undergraduate curriculum. His scholarly interests range from Greek rhetoric to contemporary poetics. He is the author of Writing/Teaching: Essays Toward a Rhetoric of Pedagogy (2000) and Re-reading Poets: The Life of the Author (2010). You can read all of his most recent work—This Fall (prose), Harvest Moon (poetry), Li Po-ems (poetry), and more—and hear him read many of his poems at

You can reach him at

Read "The Conversation: An Appreciation of Paul Kameen" in The Fifth Floor.

Honors and Awards

He is the winner of the 2002 CCCC Outstanding Book Award for Writing/Teaching: Essays Toward a Rhetoric of Pedagogy. He is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2004) and the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award (2001).


Co-editor (with Mariolina Salvatori) of Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy (2000-7); Associate Chair (1996-2002); Director/Co-Director, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (2000-7); Director of Composition (1982-83, 1989-92, 1995, Summer 1999); Chair, College Writing Board (1982-83, 1989-92, 1996); Director of Writing Center (1992-93); Associate Director of Composition (1981-89); Co-Director, Committee for the Evaluation and Advancement of Teaching (1998-2000)


Graduate Courses: Seminar in the Teaching of Composition, Seminar in Literacy and Pedagogy, Seminar in the History of Rhetoric, The Scholarship of Teaching, Politics and Poetry, Race and Gender in 20th Century American Poetry, History of Criticism, Figurative Language

Undergraduate Courses: Seminar in Composition, Basic Reading and Writing, Written Professional Communication, Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Critical Reading, Introduction to Poetry Writing, Senior Seminar in Literature, Reading Poetry, Theories of Writing and Teaching