Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh

Provost's Message

Photo of James LiszkaSUNY Plattsburgh provides an ideal learning experience for students. Our focus is on active, engaged, and student-centered learning. Students will find many opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, service learning, and other educational experiences. We have a dedicated faculty, many of whom have been recognized for their distinguished and innovative teaching.

As a selective institution, we are proud of our quality programs and high educational standards. You will also find our campus a welcoming, friendly one, with caring staff genuinely concerned about student success. Learning is a communal activity and involves experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Our campus has a vibrant culture, with many social, athletic, and academic activities.

We strive to be a green university, and our famous museum without walls creates a wonderful aesthetic surround. SUNY Plattsburgh is in a beautiful setting on Lake Champlain, the so-called "Sixth Great Lake," and near the Adirondacks—with many outdoor opportunities. With over 80 degree programs, SUNY Plattsburgh has the course of study that fits your academic goals and passions, in a community that is friendly and supportive, and in a setting that offers the best of the north country.

Wishing you well,

Dr. James "Jake" Liszka

About the Provost

Dr. James Liszka is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. He is Professor Emeritus from the University of Alaska Anchorage and currently Visiting Professor at Tianjin Foreign Studies University. He was formerly Visiting Professor at Chinese Youth University for Political Sciences, and Humanities Fellow at the University of Toronto, Scarborough College. Prior to his position at SUNY Plattsburgh, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, and Interim Director of Graduate Programs at UAA. He is past Chair of the Department of Philosophy, and former President of the Faculty Senate at UAA.

In 1999, Dr. Liszka was given the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and, in 1998, the University's Excellence in Teaching Award. He received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in 1978, where his dissertation on observation in the social and natural sciences won the Alfred Schutz Award. He has also taught at City University of New York, Baruch College, St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and College of Old Westbury on Long Island.

Dr. Liszka was editor of The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, and The Alaska Quarterly Review, which he co-founded with Ron Spatz at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1981. The journal has gone on to become one of the most prestigious journals for the publication of fiction and poetry. In 1989 he published The Semiotic of Myth with Indiana University Press—a study of narratives and values; in 1996 he published A General Introduction to the Semeiotic of Charles S. Peirce (Indiana University Press)—a study of the great American philosopher's theory of signs and symbols. In 1999, he published Moral Competence with Prentice Hall—the culmination of his many years of teaching ethics to undergraduates, which is now in its second edition. He has published numerous articles in his areas of expertise. He has given many presentations and workshops on professional, environmental, and business ethics, and he is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of semiotics, the study of signs and symbols, and pragmatism. He served on the Municipality of Anchorage Board of Ethics from 2004-2007, and assisted in the development of the new Municipal Code of Ethics.

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Liszka Liszka - Curriculum Vitae 2013.PDF.


Contact Information

For more information about Academic Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

James Liszka, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Kehoe 802
Phone: (518) 564-5402

Lizabeth J. Woodard
Office: Kehoe 805
Phone: (518) 564-5402
Fax: (518) 564-4415