Faculty Profile

Dr. Joan Whitman Hoff

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

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Office Hours: 

  • Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - noon
  • and by appointment


Ph.D. Philosophy, The American University, 1982

M.A., Philosophy, University of Rhode Island

B.A., Philosophy, Roger Williams College

A.A., Philosophy

Certificate in African Studies, University of Nairobi

Certificate for Teaching, SSHE Summer Academy         

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


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 Specialization: Ethics, Business Ethics, Phenomenology, Development Ethics, Aesthetics,Health Care Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminism, Philosophy and Business, Interdisciplinary 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.


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

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