Jan Armon, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Jan Armon

Office: 5038 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.1961


  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • JD, Boston College, 1974
  • MA, English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, 1981
  • PhD, English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, 1988
  • Member emeritus of State Bar of Michigan


After graduating from Penn, where I majored in English and solidified my liberal values even while living a fraternity lifestyle, I entered law school. There I devoted nearly half my second and third years to a clinical program that provided legal services to the poor. Yet I missed English, and so I worked part time on a master's degree at the University of Michigan, writing a thesis on Milton's Paradise Lost. Then came the decision. I had been specializing in appeals, which require a great deal of writing. Often while writing I kept thinking how I would teach what I had figured out. I decided to switch careers, become an English professor, and specialize in composition. I entered a doctoral program at Michigan, where I wrote a dissertation on the academic functions of personal writing -- putting the dissertation aside only to engage in a successful courtship. Life is good, and :) is the 27th letter of the English alphabet.


  • "Dear Amy," a memoir. The 33rd. Ed. Scott Stein. Philadelphia: Drexel Publishing Group, 2009. (Reprint of "Dear Amy," Boston College Law School eBrief spring 2005,
  • "A Method for Writing Factual Complaints." Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law Review 109-174 (1998). Through two case problems, this treatise presents an original method, based on a rhetoric of discovery, for researching and writing the most basic document of civil litigation, the complaint. (Republished as How to Write a Factual Complaint. New York Practice Skills Course Handbook Series No. F-46. New York:Practising Law Institute, 1999.)