Dr. Joseph M. Hoffman has been named dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Frostburg State University, FSU Provost Stephen Simpson announced recently. Hoffman has served as interim dean of the College since 2003 and associate dean prior to that appointment.
Hoffman received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Astro-Geophysics at The University of Colorado. He joined FSU’s Department of Physics in 1981 and received professor status in 1993. During his tenure at FSU, Hoffman acted as chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering for 13 years and served on countless campus committees, including Faculty Senate and advisory boards to construct new facilities at FSU.
"Joe has shown exceptional skill and leadership at the department, college, university and system levels,” stated Provost Simpson. “He served admirably as the interim dean, leading the College forward and demonstrating constantly good judgment in making difficult decisions required by the role. In addition, he has been instrumental in furthering major University initiatives in economic development and fund raising.”
In the community, Hoffman was a member of Leadership Allegany’s 2003 class, where he served as vice president. Hoffman is also involved in the American Association of Physics Teachers in the Appalachian Section and was awarded for distinguished service in 2002. He holds memberships with the American Association for Engineering Education, the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Environmental Deans and Director.
Hoffman and his family reside in Frostburg.