Meet the Faculty

Dr. Paul Lizotte

Director of Honors Program
Director of First-Year Studies Program

Ph.D., English, Pennsylvania State University
M.A., English, University of Virginia
A.B., English, Minor in Philosophy, Boston College

Phone: (603) 897-8267; Email: plizotte@rivier.edu


  • British Romantic and Victorian Poetry
  • 19th Century British Novel
  • Modern American Poetry
  • Literature of the Environment
  • Literary Theory and Criticism


  • 1974-1980: Part-time lecturer and teaching assistant, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
  • 1980-1986: Assistant Professor of English, Rivier College
  • 1986-1991: Associate Professor of English
  • 1991-present: Professor of English
  • 1983-1992: Chairman of English and Communications Department 
  • 1998-present: Director of the Honors Program
  • Member of the Rivier faculty since 1980, serving as Chair of the English and Communications Department for nine years. Currently, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Director of the University’s Honors Program, and Director of the Freshman Writing Seminar program.

Academic Philosophy"Learning is an encounter—with great books, great minds, great teachers, great friends, and great questions. It’s a shared enterprise and a shared journey. The classroom is a place where one gets to explore oneself and one’s world in the context of what others have discovered, proposed, and represented. And while learning is sometimes frustrating and demanding, it can also be joyous and liberating."

Recent Publications

  • "Ecothinking and Sustainable Education:" Paper delivered at the "Faith, Ethics, Environment Conference," Univ. of Notre Dame (November 2004)
  • “Ecothinking the University: Paradigms for Sustainable Education” Twelfth International Conference on Learning, University of Granada, Spain  (July 2005)
  • "Ecothinking the University: Thomas Berry, Gary Snyder, and Wild Education" accepted at the Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge University, England(August 2005)
  •  “Not Just An(Other): Wollstonecraft, Women, and the Republic of Virtue,” in Rivier InSight (Fall 1996).

Memorial Hall

For info, contact:
Dr. Timothy Doherty
Department Coordinator
(603) 897-8483