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John H. Pearson Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs jpearson@pointpark.edu 412-392-3976
James H. Thomas Associate Provost jhthomas@pointpark.edu 412-392-3983
Jonas Prida Assistant Provost jprida@pointpark.edu 412-392-4773
George "Fritz" Kiersch Assistant Vice President gkiersch@pointpark.edu 412-392-6168
Emily Conrad Director of Academic Affairs econrad@pointpark.edu 412-392-3941
Elizabeth Rosemeyer Title IX Coordinator erosemeyer@pointpark.edu 412-392-3980
Jan Ryan Coordinator for Student Support jryan@pointpark.edu 412-392-3484
Denise Kunz Executive Assistant to the Provost dkunz@pointpark.edu 412-392-3976

John H. PearsonJudkis_Pearson_John_portraits_staff_Acad_Affairs_EDIT_WEB_3003

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

John H. Pearson serves as Point Park University's provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs and dean of faculty. He is a professor of English in the Department of Literary Arts.

Pearson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Eckerd College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English from Boston University.

Before his appointment as provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs in June of 2016, Pearson had a long career at Stetson University in Deland, Fla. At Stetson, Pearson served as associate vice president for academic affairs from 2013 until joining Point Park University. Other positions held by Pearson at Stetson University include director of the general studies program from 2001 to 2011 and chair of the Department of English from 1996 to 2001 and from 2012 to 2013, in addition to being a tenured professor of English.

Selected Publications


  • The Prefaces of Henry James: Framing the Modern Reader (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997). Reissued in paperback 2005.

Articles & Chapters in Books

  • “Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Fashioning of Southern Identity.” In Witness to Reconstruction: Essays on Constance Fenimore Woolson and the South. Ed. Kathleen Diffley. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2011.
  • “The Art of Self Creation: Henry James in the New York Edition Prefaces.”  In Fashioning the Self: Essays on Modern Novelists. Ed. Marysa DeMoor, Ed. (London: Palgrave P, 2004).
  • "Constance Fenimore Woolson's Critique of Emersonian Aesthetics." Constance Fenimore Woolson's Nineteenth-Century: Essays. Ed. Victoria Brehm. (Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2001). 51-65.
  • "Repetition and Subversion in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw." In New Casebooks: The Turn of the Screw and What Maisie Knew.Ed. Neil Cornwell and Maggie Malone. London: Macmillan P; Boston: St. Martin's P; 1998.


James H. Thomas

Associate Provost

James Thomas serves as Point Park University's associate provost. He brings approximately 30 years of higher education experience to Point Park University. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Dickinson College, a Master of Education in counseling from the University of Missouri, and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from West Virginia University.

Thomas has served in many different capacities over the years including chairperson, program director, and associate professor of leadership studies at Geneva College, vice president for academic services at Community College of Beaver County, interim assistant vice president for academic services at West Virginia State University, and dean of student development at Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia. Before his appointment as associate provost in 2011, Thomas served as the assistant dean in the School of Arts and Sciences since 2008.



Jonas Prida

Assistant Provost

Jonas Prida serves as Point Park University's Assistant Provost for Curriculum, Assessment, and Accreditation. Prida holds a Ph.D in English from Tulane University and received an M.A. in English from the University of Maine, Orono.

Prior to joining Point Park, Prida spent eight years at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. Prida acted in several faculty and administrative capacities during his time there, most recently serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.

Selected Publications

  • Conan Meets the Academy: Multidisciplinary Essays on the Enduring Barbarian (Jefferson Park, NC: McFarland Press, 2013).
  • Articles & Chapters in Books.
  • “Robert Howard.” American Writers Series: Supplement XXVII. Ed. Jay Parini. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale-Cengage Publishing: 2016).
  • “Weird Modernism: Literary Modernism in the First Decade of Weird Tales.” The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror. Ed. Justin Everett and Jeffrey Shanks. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2015).
  • “H.P. Lovecraft.” American Writers Series: Supplement XXV. Ed. Jay Parini. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale-Cengage Publishing: 2015).


George "Fritz" Kiersch

Assistant Vice President

George "Fritz" Kiersch serves as Point Park University's assistant vice president for academic affairs. As the director of numerous feature length films and television projects, Fritz is best known for directing the original movie adaptation of Stephen King's Children of the Corn, which created a franchise in the horror film genre.

Before coming to Point Park University, Kiersch oversaw the development of the Department of Moving Images at Oklahoma City University, since 2006. Prior to Oklahoma City University, he established the film production program at Oklahoma City Community College. He started his career in academics as a member of the faculty with the Academy of Theatre Arts in Los Angeles, California.

Over the course of his career, Kiersch has worked in camera, production, and other technical departments, as well as directing for over 30 years. Recent film work includes the documentary-based horror film The Hunt, which he wrote and directed, and Surveillance, a psychological thriller, starring Armand Assante.

Emily Conrad

Director, Academic Affairs

Emily Conrad is responsible to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the management of academic administration responsibilities in Academic Affairs. She is responsible for directing and managing the administrative functions related to faculty recruitment; working with Human Resources and the academic departments to facilitate timely processing of new faculty appointments and faculty reappointments; maintaining faculty files and monitoring promotion and tenure, sabbaticals, faculty evaluations, and faculty development processes. 

Before taking on her current role in the Office of Provost, Conrad was the director of academic administration in the Rowland School of Business.


Elizabeth Rosemeyer

Title IX Coordinator

Elizabeth Rosemeyer is responsible to the provost and senior vice president for academic  affairs for the implementation and monitoring of appropriate policies, procedures, grievances processes and training programs related to and in compliance with Title IX. In addition, Rosemeyer assists in the processing of student, faculty, and staff inquiries or complaints of Title IX violations. Finally, Rosemeyer maintains knowledge of current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and trends in the field of education related to harassment and other discriminatory practices that violate Title IX.

Rosemeyer holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a juris doctorate from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Judkis_Ryan_Jan_portraits_staff_Acad_Affairs_EDIT_WEB_130722_9480Jan Ryan

Coordinator for Academic Support

Jan Ryan is responsible to the associate provost for coordination and support related to Academic Affairs; managing inter-office communication, assisting in the documentation and maintenance of academic policies, assisting events planning and other offices in the coordination of academic events and functions, and keeping minutes of committee and operational area meetings. Before joining the Office of Provost staff, she was the executive assistant to the dean of students.