Dr. Anthony Carlisle

Associate Professor

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance


Carlisle is married to Amy Alexander (alumna) and has two children, Arielle and Amya. Prior to teaching at PennWest California, Carlisle was a reporter for 11 years. He worked for the New Pittsburgh Courier, Daily News, Pittsburgh Business Times, Beaver County Times and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. During those years, he worked in several beat areas: city government, urban affairs, religion, education, transportation, labor and sports as a business. As a reporter, he won several awards, including Robert L. Vann Award for feature writing and investigative reporting and the Keystone State Spotlight Award for first place business story.

He also is a veteran. He served in the United States Army Reserve for 14 years, reaching the rank of captain. He worked as both a supply officer and a military journalist. In 2003, he was deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return, he was awarded PennWest California's Presidential Medal for Patriotic Service.

Since working at PennWest California, he received the Luise van Keuren Award for Outstanding Professor from the PennWest California chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

He continues to work in the journalism field, doing freelance work for G.I. Jobs, a national employment and educational magazine targeted to former military men and women. He has written three cover stories:  "Military Powers the Energy Industry," November 2007; " Back on Their Feet," May 2007; and "A Healthy Choice," March 2007.


  • Composition I and II
  • Journalism I and II
  • Newspaper Reporting I
  • American Journalism
  • Sports Writing
  • Baseball in Literature
  • Black Literature

Affiliated PennWest California Departments

Dr. Gwen Perry-Burney, Department of Social Work, and Carlisle have created a campus-wide, across-disciplines writing group to promote, to mentor and to encourage scholarship.

Research Interests

  • Presenter at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2009:  "Pauline E. Hopkins Protesting in Literary Fashion"
  • Presenter at the Pennsylvania College English Association, April 2007: "Tracks to Freedom"
  • Presenter at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2006: "African-American Voices Are Muted in Appalachian Literature"
  • Presenter at the Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, April 2006: "George F. Babbitt's Midlife Crisis Has a Queer Twist"
  • Presenter at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2005:  "W.E.B. Du Bois's ‘Double Consciousness' Beyond Black"
  • Presenter at the Appalachian Writers Association Conference, July 2005:  "African-American Voices Are Muted in Appalachian Literature"
  • Joint presenter (Margo Wilson) at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2003: "Hands Across the Disciplines in Journalism Education and Composition Studies"

Service Learning Projects

  • Elected in 2008 as an Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties delegate to the Washington-Greene Central Labor Council
  • Advising: PennWest California's chapter of Society for Professional Journalists, 2006; undergraduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Inc., 2003-present; and student newspaper, California Times, 2002-2003
  • Administration: Served as the assistant chair in the English Department and helping with Outcomes Assessment, Program Review, Adjunct Evaluations, and English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) Conference
  • Committee Work: British Literature Hiring Committee, Broadcast Hiring Committee, Part-time Hiring Committee, Composition Committee, Criminal Justice Hiring Committee, Service Service-Learning Committee, EAPSU Steering Committee, Psychology Hiring Committee, Media Program Review, English Program Review and Gender Studies Committee.
  • Internal Review: Served as internal evaluator for the Department of Justice Study's first program review, Spring 2006
  • Community: Participates as a mentor in the annual Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Journalism Workshop
  • B.A.: English, Journalism track, PennWest California
  • M.A.: Liberal Studies, Duquesne University
  • Doctorate of Philosophy: English Literature and Criticism; dissertation: "The Black Press and the Shaping of Protest in African American Literature, 1840-1935”; Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Email: carlisle@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-1577

Office: Azorsky Hall Room 220