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James Muyskens
Position: Professor Emeritus
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Michigan, M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Philosophy of Religion

Representative Publications

Moral Problems in Nursing: A Philosophical Investigation (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1982)
The Sufficiency of Hope: The Conceptual Foundations of Religion (Temple University Press, 1979)
“Redeploying Faculty for Student Success.”  Coauthored with Sue Gerber and Sue Henderson.  University Business.  July 10, 2016.
“U.S. Prosperity Depends on Success of ‘Left-Behind.’” Coauthored with Sue Henderson.  University Business.  January 28, 2016.
"Should Receiving Depend Upon Willingness to Give?"  Transplantation Proceedings. Vol.24, No.5, October 1993.
"A Proposal for Cadaver Organ Procurement: Routine Removal With Right of Informed Refusal."  Coauthored with Arthur J. Matas and John Arras.   Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  Vol.10, No.2, Summer 1985.

James L. Muyskens served as interim president from 2019-2020, leading The Graduate Center through the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Under his guidance, The Graduate Center successfully transitioned during that time to remote instruction enhanced by the involvement of The Graduate Center’s Center for Teaching and Learning as well as initiatives to prepare doctoral students for teaching at the CUNY colleges, among Muyskens’ priorities.
During his tenure, The Graduate Center’s research excellence in the humanities and the sciences was recognized with a $3.15 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support humanities teaching and a Simons Foundation grant for photonics research of up to $16 million to Professor Andrea Al├╣ and a team of scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center. Under Muyskens’ leadership, enrollment in master’s programs increased and a new master’s program in nanoscience was introduced. Renowned and diverse faculty appointments were made in the Ph.D. programs in History and Philosophy.
Prior to becoming interim president, Muyskens served as president of Queens College for 12 years, where he was recognized for revising the college’s undergraduate general education curriculum and for enhancing the school’s stature and reputation as one of the nation’s top-value colleges educating students of diverse backgrounds and financial means.
Muyskens spent 16 years at Hunter College, where he taught philosophy and chaired the philosophy department, and served as associate provost and acting provost. A national leader in public higher education, he also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas for seven years before becoming senior vice chancellor for academic affairs of the 34-campus University System of Georgia.