Faculty &


Joyce P. Litten, Ed. D.


Associate Professor, Department of Social Work


  • Ed.D. in Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
  • B.A. in Social Work, University of Akron

Areas of Expertise

  • Research and Evaluation
  • Social Policy
  • Social Justice
  • Administration and Supervision

Professional Affiliations

  • The Council for Social Work Education
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation, Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Licensure Board
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Association of Christians in Social Work
  • Social Welfare and Action Alliance
  • Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Recent Awards or Recognition

  • 2013-14 Faculty Excellence Award Nominee, Lourdes University
  • 2010 Ray of Hope Award, Sylvania Area Family Services
  • 2010 Faculty Representative, Franciscan Pilgrimage Program
  • 2008-09 Faculty Excellence Award Nominee, Lourdes College
  • 2006-07 San Damiano Award for Service Learning, Lourdes College
  • 2002-03 Faculty Excellence Award Nominee, Lourdes College
  • 2000, 1999 Red Ribbon Award, West Virginia Bureau of Public Health
  • 1999 Exemplar Award for Excellence in Social Work Management NASW West Virginia Chapter
  • 1997 Crystal Award for Project Excellence, HUD Office of Community Planning and Development


  • Litten, J. P. An examination of the convergence of Catholic Social Teachings and social justice within the social work curriculum and within the content of related disciplines (Manuscript).
  • Litten, J.P., Vaughan, A.G. & Wildermuth, C. (2011). The engagement and personality of managers and professionals in human services and developmental disability services. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 10 (3).
  • Litten, J.P. A handbook for preventing homelessness and integrating resources: Developing a homeless prevention program for families.
  • Litten, J.P. A quantitative and qualitative inquiry into the call to serve among nontraditional undergraduate social work students. Dissertation, May 2008.
  • French, M. and Litten, J. P. An investigation of seven tutoring sites within an urban setting in NW Ohio: A technical report submitted to the Toledo Community Foundation. April 2007.
  • Kujawa, J., Litten, J.P., Perzynski, K., Polcyn, M., Schmakel, P., Schultz, C. & Stockwell, M. (2007). Development of a Faculty Evaluation Process in the Franciscan Tradition. The AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education.
  • Litten, J.P. Moving beyond diversity awareness to cultural competence. American Society for Training & Development. April 2005.
  • Litten, J.P. ,et al. (Acknowledged Contributors) Rural AIDS Housing: Issues and Opportunities. AIDS Housing of Washington, 1998.


Joyce Litten
Joyce P. Litten
Office: ASI 151 A
Phone: 419-824-3708