Dr. Joseph Lisowski, Professor of English, has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Language, Literature, & Communication (LLC) of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) since Fall, 2002. During this period he has taught a great variety of courses ranging from freshman writing to senior level courses in English. In addition to teaching, he has served as Director of the Center of Teaching Excellence from 2010-2012. His student, peer, and annual evaluations consistently have been among the highest at the university.
Dr. Lisowski has presented papers and conducted workshops at local, regional, and national conferences (in some cases, has also taken students as co-presenters). He also has co-authored peer-referenced scholarly articles and book chapters, along with having published, since arriving at ECSU, eleven chapbooks of poetry, four detective novels, and over a hundred poems and stories. Also, he had been the Director of the National Writing Project for Northeastern North Carolina.
His service to the university and community has been substantial and ongoing. Whether it be mentoring elementary school children with reading difficulties, serving meals at a soup kitchen, serving on UNC-Tomorrow and SACS accreditation committees, working alongside peers and students in the Global Leadership Academy, judging literary contests, writing and receiving grants, Lisowski has always been quick to respond to the call. Of the accolades he has received, however, he is particularly proud of the following: 2005 Business Partner of the Year—J.C. Sawyer Elementary School; 2nd Runner-up UNC Board of Governor’s Teacher of the Year, 2007; Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Language, Literature, & Communication, 2006, based on highest student evaluations; Outstanding Department Faculty Award (LLC), for notable scholastic achievement and creative activity, 2007, UNC Department Teaching Award (LLC), 2009, and UNC Board of Governor’s Teacher of the Year, 1st Runner-up, 2010.
In addition, Dr. Lisowski has brought a wealth of experience to ECSU. He served as Chair of Liberal Arts at Mercyhurst College North East (Pennsylvania), and for ten years he taught at The University of the Virgin Islands, where he earned tenure and promotion to full professor. He also taught on the high school level and taught college-level courses at the Virginia State Penitentiary for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia, where he earned promotion to full professor.
Currently, he often bikes to campus and back, walks daily, and continues to write poetry. His youngest child, Jozef, is a sophomore at UNC Asheville, and his wife Linda is Associate Professor of Special Education at ECSU.