Faculty Profile

Dr. Joan Whitman Hoff

jhoff@lhup.edu | Raub 311,, Lock Haven, PA 17745 | (570) 484-2642

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Office Hours: T&R 8:30-9:45 a.m. W 8:30 to 12 p.m.

  • Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - non
  • and by appointment


University of Rhode Island   1977  M.A., Philosophy

Roger Williams College       1974  B.A., Philosophy

                                             1973  A.A., Philosophy

University of Nairobi             1973  Certificate in African Studies

SSHE Summer Academy      1994  Certificate for Teaching         

Temple University/IOP          2010 Certificate for Teaching/ with the Inside-Out Program



E-College Distance Education

Certificate in Mediation, 1988 -- Lynn Youth Resource Bureau, MA

Certificate in Arbitration 1984, Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, OH

Courses Most Commonly Taught: Ethics; Problems in Philosophy; Ethical Issues in the Health Care Professions; Ethics in Business and Industry; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy of Art; Asian Philosophies; Philosophy of Law; Logic; Philosophy of Childhood; Historical and Philosophical Studies I; Ancient Philosophy; Modern Philosophy

Courses Developed: Africana Philosophy; Canadian Philosophy; Environmental Ethics; Ethical Issues in the Health Care Professions; Bioethics; Philosophy of Feminism; Philosophy of Childhood; Ethics and Globalization; Women, Technology and the Information Age

Programs Developed: Applied Ethics Track in the Philosophy Major; Applied Ethics Minor; the Ethics Center at LHU

Areas of Expertise:


            Ethics                                                                          Business Ethics

            Phenomenology                                                            Development Ethics

            Aesthetics                                                                    Health Care Ethics

            Social and Political Philosophy                                       Feminism

            Philosophy and Business                                               Interdisciplinary Studies



              Logic                                                                          History of Philosophy  

              Women's Studies                                                        Philosophy of Children

              Philosophy of the Family                                              Canadian Philosophy

              Conflict Resolution                                                       Diversity Studies                     


Professional Publications:


Philosophies for Living (with Robert M. Timko) Prentice-Hall, 2001

Risky Business (Philosophies for Living, 2nd ed.) with Robert M. Timko (McGraw-Hill, 1997)


 "Understanding the Role that Visual Crowding, Text Size and Type, and Digital Ink Play in Reading,  

  Teaching, and Learning." Teaching Matters, V 5.5, 2013


“Excellence and Excellences: The Pursuit of Competence in Contemporary Universities”. Universities, Ethics        

          and Professions (Routledge, 2009) John Strain, Ronald Barnet & Peter Jarvis, eds.


“Ethical Issues concerning Teaching (Ethics) in the Virtual World”. Ethics for Living and Working Troubador,  

            (2008) John Strain, ed.


 “Preface”. Representations of Canada (StateU. of Volgograd, 2008). Robert M. Timko and Alexander Kubyshkin, ed.


 A Review of Katherine Covell and R. Brian Howe’s The Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada and Brian Howe and Katherine Covell’s (eds.) A Question of Commitment. Children’s Rights. American Review of Canadian Studies, Spring 2008.

 “Health Care as a Common Good” in Clinical Ethics, Due Care and the Principle of
             Nonmaleficence by Robert M. Timko (University Press of America, 2001)

 “The Moral Dimension of Bioterrorism” in Sensabilities, Spring 2002, v.6, #2

“Is There a Canadian Philosophy?” (Review Essay) in American Review of Canadian Studies, Spring 2002

 “Rediscovering Canada Through An Exploration of Canadian Philosophy”, forthcoming in the

             Proceedings of the Nordic Studies Association Triennial Conference, 2000

 “An Inquiry into Canadian Philosophy”, under consideration by The American Review of

             Canadian Studies

 “The Other Woman”, in Philosophies for Living (Prentice-Hall, 2001) and Risky Business (McGraw                       

             Hill, 1997) Robert M.Timko and Joan Whitman Hoff, eds.

“The Crisis of Canadian Identity as Explored Through Canadian Philosophy”,

            in Lock Haven University International Review, Fall 1995

 "Ethics, Transnationals and Technology Transfer", in

             Advances in Telematics II, Jarice Hanson, ed.  (Norwood: Ablex Pub. Co., 1994)

 "Instilling Ethics in Large Corporations" (with the Center for Business Ethics);Journal of Business Ethics; 11:1993

"Reconciling the Differences: Business and Ethics in Canada and the United States                 

  in the Lock Haven University Forum, (Fall 1992);  International Review, 1994

 "Ethical Issues Concerning Multinationals and Technology Transfer,"

  in Proceedings of the First Global Village Conference, 10 February, 1990; Edward R. Sunshine, ed.,

  (Miami Shores, FL: Barry Univ. Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, 1992); pg. 97-103

  "Some Comments on Crocker's `Functioning and Capability"' in

Ethical Principles for Development:  Needs, Capacities and Rights  (NJ: Institute for Critical Thinking, 1991)

 "The Exxon Valdez Crisis", in Business, Ethics and the Environment, (New York:  Greenwood Press,    

Quorum Books, 1990)

 "Students, Ethics and Surveys, A Commentary";  Journal of Business Ethics, 8:823-825; 1989

 “Child Custody, Children's Rights &Education";  Proceedings of the Midwest Philosophy of Education Society 1989

 "The Texaco Incident," in Journal of Business Ethics, 6:365-369, 1987

"Theoretical Frameworks for Worker-Management Cooperation", International Association of Quality Circles, State of the Art Conference Proceedings, 1989

“The Language of Art", in The Planet (Providence, 1976)


"Women in Sports", in Sports History:  Selected Materials from Colleges and Universities, D.A. Noverr and L.E. Ziewarz, eds., (NY:  Marcus Wiener Publishing Co., Inc., 1986) with Joan Ferrante Wallace, Ph.D.

"The Black Athlete", in Sports History:  Selected Materials from Colleges and Universities, D.A. Noverr and L.E. Ziewarz, eds., (NY:  Marcus Wiener Publishing Co., Inc., 1986) with Joan Ferrante Wallace, Ph.D.

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Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Beta Delta

Lock Haven University, Meriam B. Harris Award for promoting an environment on campus that supports diversity, 2014

Lock Haven University, Teaching Learning Center Peers’ Choice Award for Outstanding Pedagogy, 2010

Lock Haven University, Presidential Award for Outstanding Service, 2006

Lock Haven University, Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty Research, 2003

Lock Haven University, Woman of Distinction Award, 2002

Professional Presentations: 2000 – 2014


“Teaching Africana Philosophy as a Non-Specialist in Africana Studies”, National Council for Black Studies, March 2014

“Exploring Identity: Lessons for and from the Classroom”, Philosophy Born of Struggle Annual Conference, October 2013

“Ethics in the Workplace”, Lock Haven Downtown Rotary, September 2013

“The Medical Humanities in Canada and Canadian Institutions”, Mid-Atlantic Association for Canadian Studies, September 2012

“Dr. Who” (The Doctor’s Wife) Guest Presentation, LHU Honors Program, Spring 2012

“Collaborative Approaches to Teaching and Learning about Ethical Issues in the Health Care Professions”, Society for Ethics across the Curriculum, October 2010

“Perspectives on Spirituality in Irish and Canadian Philosophies”, Mid-Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies, October 2010

“Perspectives on Spirituality in Irish and Canadian Philosophies”, Association for Canadian Studies

   in Ireland, May 2010

“Perspectives on spirituality in Irish and Canadian Philosophies”, Canadian Association for Irish Studies, May 2010

“Teaching Civility: An Ethics across the Curriculum Approach”  Society for Ethics across the Curriculum Annual Conference, November 2009

“The Inexhaustibility of Art’, Bald Eagle Art League, May 2009

“Women’s Voices, Women’s Visions” Panel Discussant, LHU, March 2009

“Ethics and Excellence” Real World, Real People Conference, University of Kingston, UK, June 2008

  & to the LHU Community, Scholarship Day 2008

“Philosophy Blogs in Canada and the United States”   Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, May 2008

“Canadian Ideals and Globalization”  Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, April 2006

“Challenges Confronting Women’s Health Care in Rural Areas”   Keynote Speaker, Geisinger Medical Education, April 2006

“Philosophical Ethics and the Counseling Profession”,   PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation”, March 2006

“Ethics and Human Resources: Being the Best We can Be”,  West Branch Human Resource Society, February 2006

“Ethical Issues in the Workplace”,  LHU SBDC and LCC, January 2006

“Ethics and Leadership”

  LeadershipClintonCounty, October 2009, October 2006, October 2005, February 2005

“The LHUP Ethics Center”

  LH Rotary, July 2005

  LH Rotary (Downtown) April 2005

"Ethics, Mental Health and Community: A View on Well-Being from the Tradition of Philosophy"

  Phi Kappa Phi Keynote Address, April 2005

"Philosophy and Doing" The International Workshop on Teaching Applied and Professional Ethics, London, England, July 2004

“The Humanities and Mental Health”    International Humanities conference 2004, Prato, Italy, In Absentia

"The Other Canada: Multicultural Difference, Recognition, and Canadian Philosophy" (Special Panel)

Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, Cork, Ireland, April - May,2004

"Canadian Philosophy and Globalization" Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S. Portland, OR, November 2003

“The Moral Dimension of Being a Health Care Professional: Reconciling Universal Principles, Cultural Practices, and Personal Motives” to the First International Conference on Teaching Applied and Professional Ethics in Higher Education”, September 2003, London, England

“The Marginalization of Canadian Philosophy, The Marginalization of Canada”, the British Association for  Canadian Studies, Leeds, UK, April 2003

“Leadership Ethics” to Leadership Clinton County, October 2005, October 2004; October 2003; February 2003

“Feminist Practice:  Women, Technology, and the Information Age”, accepted for

    the International Association for Women Philosophers, Barcelona, Spain, October 2002

“Spirituality and Health”

    30th Annual Values Inquiry Conference, April 2002

“Two Views of Sexual Ethics: Promiscuity, Rape, and Pedophilia”- A Commentary

     American Philosophical Association, December 2002

“Representations of Canadian Ideals that are founded in Canadian Philosophy”,

     Irish Association for Canadian Studies, Killiney Bay, Ireland, May 2000

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