Dr. John Lisco is an Associate Professor at SRU. He has over 20 years of experience in academia including work experience at the University of Memphis (TN), The University of Maine at Presque Isle (ME), Northern Arizona University (AZ) and, currently, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (PA). In addition to his teaching career, Dr. Lisco worked the equivalent of 15 seasons as a protection ranger for the National Park Service. He worked at 8 national park units including Delaware Water Gap (NJ), Curecanti National Recreation Area (CO), Rocky Mountain National Park (CO), Acadia National Park (ME), Wupatki National Monument (AZ), Sunset Crater National Monument (AZ), and Walnut Canyon National Monument (AZ). In addition to the parks, Dr. Lisco worked several special events at various national park sites including Cape Cod National Seashore (MA), Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (GA), and Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), to name a few.
Dr. Lisco is interested in park law and has directed a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) since 1992. He also has special interest in natural and cultural resource protection, interpretation and management. Dr. Lisco coordinates a joint program between SRU and the US Army Corps of Engineers in Burnsville, WV. Dr. Lisco manages a unique project where each summer SRU students perform interpretation and visitor services at Bulltown Historic Site. The unique site has a colonial farm, a salt mine, the Weston-Gauley turnpike, and a Civil War Battlefield. In his spare time, Dr. Lisco enjoys traveling to national park sites, fly fishing, hiking, coaching soccer, and spending time with his family.
Ed.D. Education (Higher and Adult Education), 1994, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.
M.S., Parks and Recreation, 1990, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
B.S., Geology, 1988, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado
SRU Courses Taught (2000 - Present)
PREE 71-170 Fundamentals of Park and Resource Management
PREE 71-304 Search and Rescue (developed course)
PREE 71-347 Interpretive Methods and Programming
PREE 71-371 Fundamentals of NPS Law Enforcement
PREE 71-372 Park Ranger and Visitor Services
PREE 71-374 Federal Law and Policy
PREE 71-377 Cultural Resources Management
PREE 71-415 Issues in Parks and Recreation
PREE 71-450 Internship in Parks and Recreation
PREE 71-471 NPS Law Enforcement
PREE 71-472 Park Law Enforcement
PREE 71-475 Park and Resource Management
PREE 71-615 Issues in Park and Resource Management
PREE 71-645 Soils as a Resource
PREE 71-674 Park Law Enforcement
PREE 71-675 Recreation Resources Management
PREE 71-677 Cultural Resources Management (developed course)
PREE 71-681 Environmental Issues
PREE 71-683 Administration in Parks and Recreation/Environmental Education
PREE 71-684 NPS Law Enforcement
PREE 71-688 Interpretive Media
PREE 71-750 Internship
PREE 71-800 Thesis
Web-Based Graduate Courses
PREE 71-654 Natural and Cultural Resources Law (developed course)
PREE 71-675 Recreation Resources Management
PREE 71-681 Environmental Issues
PREE 71-686 Management Strategy
Grants and Contract Funding (selected examples)
Total Funding Requests = $1,436,756.00
Total Funding Received = $683,027.00
2011 Park Law Enforcement Manager Training for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Forestry and Bureau of State Parks, Funded for $44,058. Funded.
2009 An interdisciplinary campus wide approach for a GPS based program titled "SRU Cache." Amount Proposed: $17,414. Not Funded.
2009 St. Kilian Playground Project. St. Kilian Parish School, Cranberry Township, PA. GameTime grant to fight childhood obesity. Funded for $17,581.
2009 Collaborative Research: Amplifying the Educational Outreach of America's National Parks through Engaging Multimedia Environments. The National Science Foundation. Amount Proposed: $401,702. Not Funded.
2008 Management of Interpretive Services at the Bulltown Historical Area, US Army Corps of Engineers, Burnsville, WV. Amount Proposed: $396,000. Funded for $215,000.
2008 Park Law Enforcement Manager Training for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks, Funded for $46,136.
2005 National Campaign Drive for the Joe Kolodski Memorial Scholarship Fund, Funded for $11,680.
2004 Proposal to develop an International Graduate Online Park and Resource Management Program - Keystone University Network, PA State System of Higher Education. Amount Proposed: $78,233. Not Funded.
2003 Management of Interpretive Services at the Bulltown Historical Area, US Army Corps of Engineers, Burnsville, WV. Funded for $205,000.
2003 Technology in Parks. A proposal to fund laptops for student labs and internships. PA State System of Higher Education. Amount Proposed: $75,380. Not Funded.
2001 Pennsylvania Pet Study: "Perceptions and Impacts of Pets in Pennsylvania State Park Campgrounds" Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks. Funded for $25,000.
2000 Development of a prototype module on bloodborne pathogens for distributed education for the United States Marshals Service. Funded for $15,000.
1999 Development of a Resource Protection Web-based Training System for the National Park Service. Funded for $59,857.
1999 Development of an Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Report for the Colorado River Indian Tribes and the Bluewater Resort in Parker, Arizona. Funded for $10,617.
1997 Intensive field study in park management and natural resource protection. Loring Federal Job Corps Center of Innovation, Limestone, Maine. Funded for $10,748.
Presentations (selected examples)
Lisco, J.F. & Pitstick, R. (2009, December) “Applying Experiential Learning Theory to Cultural Resource Management, Protection and Interpretation.” The Association of National Park Rangers, 2009 Ranger Rendezvous, Gettysburg, PA.
Jacobs, S., Tucker, S., Lisco, J.F. and Pitstick, R. (2009, December) “An NPS Career: Finding Your Way.” The Association of National Park Rangers, 2009 Ranger Rendezvous, Gettysburg, PA.
Lisco, J.F. (2008, February). “Legal Issues and Constitutional Law Review for Park Managers.” Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of State Parks – Park Manager Training, Slippery Rock, PA.
Lisco, J.F., Pitstick, R., & Sheppeck, A. (2007, September). “Role Play Scenario Training for Pennsylvania DCNR Forest Rangers.” Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry - Law Enforcement Refresher, St. Mary’s, PA.
Lisco, J.F., & Pitstick, R. (2007, March). “Collaborative Efforts and Potential Partnerships Between the SRU Park Ranger Law Enforcement Training Program and the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry.” Regional Forest Managers Spring Meeting, Huntingdon, PA
Lisco, J.F., Pitstick, R., Kolodziej, & McDonald, E. (2003, November). “Collaborative Venture Between the US Army Corps of Engineers and Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock University.” The National Association for Interpretation 2003 National Conference and Workshop, Sparks, NV.
Lisco, J.F. (2003, January). “Cultural and Historic Resource Management and Protection for Park Managers.” The Ranger Institute, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.
Lisco, J.F., Sauder, R., & Giza, E. (2002, April) "Assessment of Camper Reactions to Pets in Pennsylvania State Park Campgrounds." Northeastern Recreation Research (NERR) Symposium. Lake George, NY.
Lisco, J.F. & James, S.E. (2001, April) “A Case Study of the Development of an NPS Web-Based Training and Adult Learning System for Resource Protectors and Managers.” The George Wright Society's Biennial Conference: The 11th Conference on Research and Resource Management in Parks and on Public Lands "Crossing Boundaries in Park Management: On the Ground, In the Mind, Among Disciplines." Co-Sponsors: U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Denver, CO.
Lisco, J.F. (2000, February). Invited Panel Member for Panel Discussion on “Diversity and Recruiting Issues in the National Park Service.” Albright Training Center, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
Lisco, J.F. (1998, September). “Minority Recruitment and Opportunities for the Next Century.” Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, Laughlin, NV.
Lisco, J.F. (1998, October). “Minority Recruitment and Opportunities for the Next Century.” Hopi Lands and Reservation. Hopi Mesas, AZ.
Publications (selected examples)
Pitstick, R. & Lisco, J.F. (2007). “Slippery Rock University’s Integrated Academic Model,” Journal of the Association of National Park Rangers, 23 (4), 10-12.
Lisco, J.F., Pitstick, R. & Amoroso, P. (2004). “The 25-Year History of Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Programs,” Journal of the Association of National Park Rangers, 20 (1), 10-13.
Lisco, J.F. & Sauder, R.J. (2002). “Camper Attitudes and Perceptions Concerning the Presence of Pets in Ten Pennsylvania State Park Campgrounds,” Proceedings of the 2002 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, USDA/USFS, Northeastern Research Station, General Technical Report NE-302, 240-245.
Lisco, J.F., & James, S.E. (1999). “A Survey of NPS Law Enforcement In-Service Refresher Programs: Implications for the Future,” Journal of the Association of National Park Rangers, 15 (2), 9-13.
Lisco, J.F., Yates, R., & Jacobi, C. (1995). “Networking for Resource Protection,” Parks & Recreation, 30 (1), 51-59.