Lisa Portmess

Chairperson/Bittinger Professor of Philosophy




Campus Box 0404


Weidensall Hall
Room 315
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD Queens University, 1979
MA Queens University, 1975
BA Gettysburg College, 1972

Academic Focus

Ethics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Mind, World Philosophy

Lisa Portmess explores philosophical issues in ethics, technology, philosophy of language, and neuroscience. She currently holds the William Bittinger Endowed Chair of Philosophy and held the Edward and Cyntia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College.

She has served as a resident fellow at the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs at The University of St. Andrews and was an American Philosophical Association Congressional Fellow in the US Congress.  As her first academic appointment, she taught at The American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and later as a Fulbright Scholar at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. She has since served on the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Philosophy Peer Review Committee, and the U.S. Fulbright Ambassador Program. She also received an NEH Award for Summer Study at the Institute for Comparative Philosophy at The University of Hawaii. She contributes to the Academic Advisory Committees of the Public Policy Program, the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Peace and Justice Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies.