Interim Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

James L. Wiser, Ph.D.

James L. Wiser

Dr. James L. Wiser was appointed interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in June, 2015.

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.

Previously Jim 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 Humanities.

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
Lone Mountain Rossi Wing, 420
(415) 422-6136