John Freed Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

John Freed, Ph.D.

Professor of Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

John Freed Ph.D.



Pennsylvania native, the high point of Dr. Freed’s acting career occurred there at age 17 playing the lead in “Kiss me, Kate.” He received a standing ovation for his fireman's carry of his co-star off the stage after her slap nearly knocked him out at the close of Act One.  

Upon finishing his doctoral work at Penn State, he was offered a tenure track, teaching position in the English Department and taught there for 10 years.

John subsequently renovated Victorian-era houses and was a low-income housing advocate for Neighborhood Housing Services of Pittsburgh.

Returning to academia primarily as an administrator, he was the dean of Continuing Education at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and academic dean at two other liberal arts colleges before joining Chapman University College (now University of Massachusetts Global) in 2002.

John is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America having written four plays and a musical about William Randolph Hearst set in his castle in San Simeon that premieres in the Bay area in the summer of 2017. His wife, Stacy Alexander, is a mixed-media artist and organizational psychologist. They reside in Portland, Oregon.



  • Liberal Studies
  • Humanities
  • Communications and Media


M.A., Ph.D. in English

Penn State University, State College, PA

Dissertation:“Salvation /  Damnation: The Theology and Personae of George Herbert's 'Temple'”

B.A. in English and Education

Gannon University, Erie, PA

Scholarly Activities

Dramatists Guild Member - Four plays, One musical

Board member of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition

Professional Experiences

Academic Dean

Elms College, Chicopee, MA
Marylhurst University, Portland, OR

Dean of Continuing Education

University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

Professional Academic Consultant

Saylor Foundation, Washington, DC

Community Marketing Planner

Neighborhood Housing Services, Pittsburgh, PA

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