Dr. Joan Hofmann's teaching philosophy can be summed up with this quote from Paulo Freire "...both are simultaneously teachers and students." Freire's values, which include an emphasis on mutual dialogue and an all-encompassing concern for the oppressed, are at the forefront of Dr. Hofmann's teaching philosophy. Dr. Hofmann knew she wanted to become a teacher in the 7th grade, when her language arts teacher, Miss Ives, "held us in wonder and made us wonder. She had a smile and warm voice that could make you fly. She loved teaching and loved us and made me 'positively sure' I would be a teacher some day."
Dr. Hofmann says University of Saint Joseph students are motivated and hard working. "Invariably, my students are my teachers. I have a desire to have them become the best they can be. I take my teaching seriously, given that I am a constant model of teaching for future teachers. But, best teaching emanates from concern and caring for your students-and a light heart."
Dr. Hofmann has served the University in a variety of ways: She has been the secretary-treasurer of the Faculty Committee of the Whole, appointed to the Joint Compensation Committee, the chair of the Education Division, the director of Special Education Programs, and elected to many other committees. In addition, Dr. Hofmann founded the Academy for Young Writers program and has directed it since 1995. She also wrote the philosophy of teaching statement in the Faculty Handbook. She says, "The College is a very special place. I am fortunate to work among such a high-quality faculty in an environment that uniquely supports undergraduate women and a coed graduate school."
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
M.A,. University of Saint Joseph
M.A., Trinity College
M.S.T., University of New Hampshire
B.S., University of North Carolina
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