Dr John HoffmanDr. John R. Hoffman

Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

In July 2013, John Hoffman was appointed as Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he was the Founding Dean of the Arcadia University College of Business, Health & Sciences from 2009–11, the Dean of Graduate Studies from 2008-11, and Associate Provost for Accreditation, Assessment, and Research from 2012-13.

Dr. Hoffman received his B.S. in Biology from the Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Michigan in 1992. He trained at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine). He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. Dr. Hoffman is a past-president of the Philadelphia area chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and served a three-year term on the Society for Neuroscience’s national Committee for Neuroscience Literacy.

As a faculty member in the Department of Biology since 1995, he has taught in the General Biology sequence, Research Methods in Biology, Human Physiology, and upper-level courses in Neurobiology, Histology, Junior Seminar, and Senior Seminar. He also teaches a University Seminar on Scientific Ethics. In 2001, Dr. Hoffman received a Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Since 1995, he has mentored 63 Arcadia undergraduate students in the completion of empirical research-based senior thesis projects. The significance of the student accomplishments is illustrated by the fact that Arcadia University students have been co-authors on 15 presentations at national or international meetings and seven peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hoffman continues to promote university-wide opportunities for faculty and faculty-student research, scholarly, and creative activities.

Recent Publications

(Arcadia students in bold)

  • 2009  Hoffman, J.R. “Applying a Cost-Benefit Analysis to Undergraduate Research at a Small Comprehensive University” Council On Research Quarterly, 30(1):20-24.
  • 2006 Blustein, J.E., McLaughlin, M., Hoffman, J.R. "Exercise Effects Stress Induced Analgesia and Spatial Learning in Rats" Physiology & Behavior, 89:582-586. Abstract
  • 2006 Shif, O., Gillette, K., Damkaoutis, C.M., Carrano, C., Robbins, S.J., Hoffman, J.R. "Effects of Ginkgo biloba administered after spatial learning on water maze and radial arm maze performance in young adult rats." Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 84:17-25. Abstract
  • 2004 Hoffman, J.R.,  Donato, A., Robbins, S.J.. "Ginkgo biloba promotes short-term retention of spatial memory in rats." (Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 77:533-539) Abstract
  • 2003 Hoffman, J.R., Greenberg, J.H., Furuya, D., Craik, R.L., Fanelli, P., Breslow, S., Sheehan, S., Ketschek, A, Damkaoutis, C., Reivich, M., Hand, P. "Rats recovering from unilateral barrel cortex ischemia are capable of completing a whisker-dependent task using only their affected whiskers." (Brain Research, 965(1-2):91-99). Abstract

Recent Presentations

  • 2010, Hoffman, J.R. “Rumplestiltskin’s Legacy: Spinning Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum” [Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant invited guest speaker], State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, New York.
  • 2010 Hoffman, J.R. “DO WE CARE:  An Integrative Model for Assessing Undergraduate Research Programs.” Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research in and across the Disciplines conference, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Durham, North Carolina, November 11 – 13, 2010.
    2008 Fries, H., Greenberg, J.H., Craik, R.L., Hoffman, J.R. “Differences in behavioral recovery and compensatory strategy in rats completing a texture-discrimination task following unilateral barrel-cortex ischemia.” Soc. Neurosci. Abst. 34, Program 177.20.
  • 2008 Skilton-Sylvester, Hoffman, J.R., Shultz, N. “Arcadia University Undergraduate Curriculum: Get Ready for the Journey of your life.” ANAC Summer Institute.
  • 2007 Volpacchio, R.A., K.M. Luczejko, Craik, R.L., Hoffman, J.R. “Unilateral removal of whiskers results in a transient change in exploratory behavior as rats complete a texture-discrimination task.” Soc. Neurosci. Abst. 33, Program 401.20.

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