Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh

Provost’s Message

Photo of James LiszkaOur mission is student success. What we mean by that is our students will graduate with a quality degree that will help them find a meaningful career. They will come away with those basic skills needed for any endeavor. These include the skills of good communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, ethical judgment, and the ability to work with others in a diverse, globally-connected world. Whatever degree our students pursue, they will have the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their careers or in furthering their education. We provide our students with many opportunities for experiential and applied learning, such as internships, clinical placements, practicum, field work, research opportunities, service learning, study abroad, and volunteering in the community. SUNY Plattsburgh strives to provide a safe welcoming, and diverse community, one in which students can focus on study, learning, and developing the sorts of relationships that last a lifetime. The campus provides many venues for cultural and artistic events, as well as community and political engagement. We provide strong career support services to assist students in their future careers. Above all, we aim to help students achieve a level of well-being that will help them to focus on their strengths for success.

Wishing you well,
Dr. Jake Liszka

About the Provost

Prior to his position as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh, Dr. Liszka served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he also taught philosophy for many years. He also served there as Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Interim Director of Graduate Programs, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, and President of the Faculty Senate.

In 1999, the University of Alaska Anchorage presented Dr. Liszka with the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and, in 1998, the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. 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, for which he was given the Mayor’s Award for Public Service. He was a visiting Professor at Tianjin University and the Chinese Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing. In 1985, he was selected as a Humanities Fellow at the University of Toronto, Scarborough College. Dr. Liszka is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage and also Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Plattsburgh. He has also taught at Baruch College, City University of New York, St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and College of Old Westbury on Long Island.

Dr. Liszka 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. 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. The book has become a classic in the field, and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. 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 also published numerous articles in his areas of expertise, and has given many presentations and workshops on professional, environmental, and business 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