James L. Wiser, Ph.D.
As chief academic officer of the university, the Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs seeks to recruit and retain a diverse
faculty of outstanding teachers and scholars; assists the faculty in the
creation of a learning community characterized by high quality scholarship and
academic rigor, and sustained by a faith that does justice; directs the
academic programs of the University through the deans and colleges; oversees
admissions and transfer policies, faculty and curriculum development, library
resources, and student academic services such as advising, orientation,
registration, financial aid, learning disabilities services, and commencement.
Additionally, the Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs oversees the planning and budget initiatives of the University;
initiatives for minority recruitment and international/immersion programming
opportunities for undergraduates; and programming in the area of students
affairs and university life.
Dr. James L. Wiser was appointed interim Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs in June, 2015.
Previously he had served as USF’s Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs from 1998 to 2010. He taught in USF’s Politics Department
from 2010 until 2014. Prior to his
appointment in 1998, he had served as Senior Vice President and Dean of
Faculties at Loyola University of Chicago from 1989 until 1998 and as the Dean
of Loyola’s College of Arts & Sciences from 1987 until 1989.
Dr. Wiser received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government
from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Arts and Doctor of
Philosophy degrees in Political Science from Duke University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma
Nu, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow
Wilson Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the National Endowment for the
In addition to his work in the United States, Dr. Wiser has
studied at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Innsbruck. His scholarly interests include Classical
Greek political philosophy and contemporary European political thought. He has published three books and numerous
scholarly articles and has served as a member of the editorial board of The
Journal of Politics. He has served
as an evaluator for both the North Central Association and the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges.
From 2010 until 2014 he served as the consultant for higher education
for the Chicago/Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.
James L. Wiser, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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