Dr. Litten has been a faculty member at Lourdes University for over 20 years.  She served as chair of the undergraduate social work program and Dean of the College of Social Science, teaching in social work, nursing, and business.  Before joining Lourdes, Dr. Litten was responsible for off-campus graduate social work education at West Virginia University.

Early in her professional career, Dr. Litten was the Executive Director of several large community-based organizations. She continues to be highly involved in local, regional, and national service delivery, acting as a Board member for organizations committed to strengthening communities, and maintaining an active role in consulting and scholarship. Dr. Litten’s experience and evidenced-based research informs her appreciation and instruction of the intersection of social identity, social policy, and system change.


Butt, R., McClellan, P., & Litten, J.P. Framework for Tutoring Services. A technical report submitted to The Toledo Community Foundation. January 2017.

Litten, J.P., Vaughan, A.G., & Wildermuth, C. The Fabric of Engagement: The Engagement and Personality of Managers and Professionals in Systems of Developmental Disability Services. The Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 10:17, 189-210,

Litten, J.P. A handbook for preventing homelessness and integrating resources: Developing a homeless prevention program for families. Retrieved December 2009 from http://www.focustoledo.org/PHAIR.htm

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. Development of a Faculty Evaluation Process in the Franciscan Tradition. The AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education. January 2007.

Litten, J.P. Moving beyond diversity awareness to cultural competence. American Society for Training & Development. April 2005.

Service to the University

Research Symposium Planning Committee; 2014- present
Honors Council; 2016-present
Scholarship Committee; 2003-present
Institutional Review Board Chair: 2009-2012; Continued membership 2012-2014
Diversity Awareness and Action Committee; 2002- 2012
Workload and Compensation Committee; 2005-2008
Emergency Preparedness Committee; 2007
Advising Task Force; 2007
Commencement Speaker Selection Committee; 2008-2013
Consultant, Higher Learning Commission Committee; 2006-07


Service to the Committee

Board Member, Metal Health, Addictions and Recovery Services Board,
Erie & Ottawa County, OH; 2017-present
Board Member, Food for Thought, Toledo, OH; 2014-2016
Member, Citizen Advisory Committee, Legal Aid of Northwest Ohio; 2010-2015
Member, Food Policy Council of Northwest Ohio; 2013-2015
Member, Advisory Council, The Center for Nonprofit Resources, Toledo, OH; 2012-2014


Litten, J.P.  A Closer Look at Supervision, A Renewed Mind, Toledo, OH.  March 2018.

Litten, J. P. Passing the Buck: Are we fiscally literate? NACSW Convention, Cincinnati, OH. November 2016.

Litten, J.P. and Whitman, T. P. Moving Towards Cultural Competence. Lucas County Educational Services Center. August 2016.

Litten, J.P. Taking it to the Streets: NACSW Convention, Grand Rapids, OH. November 2015.

Litten, J.P. Supervision of Practice: Model and Methods. Ohio/ Region 1 NASW Continuing Education, Sylvania, OH. November 2013.

Litten, J.P. and Rogers, D. Welcoming the Stranger: Radical hospitality in services to the community. NACSW Convention, Atlanta, GA. October 2013.

Litten, J. P. Educating for social justice: Engaging students in social action. SHARE Conference. Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH, August 2013.

Litten, J.P. “4++++ years: Advising the student who just can’t seem to complete
a degree. NACADA Annual Great Lakes Conference, University of Akron, Akron, OH, April 2012.

Litten, J. P. “Charity” and “Social Justice” within Catholic Social Teachings. Office of Student Services and Office of Campus Ministry, John Carroll University, University Hts., OH. February 2011.

Litten, J.P. Social Work Ethics: An Evolution of Professional Standards. 27th Annual Professional Symposium, Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, Toledo, OH. June 2009.

Litten, J.P. Working with Families and the Community. Second Annual Community Summit, After School Alliance co-sponsored by The Toledo Community Foundation, Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH. June 2009.

Litten, J.P. Update on Ohio Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot. Paper presented at Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio Annual Statewide Conference, Columbus, OH. April 2009.

Professional Credentials and Affiliations

Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation; Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Licensure Board
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Christians in Social Work
Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society


SWK 111 Introduction to Social Work

SWK 205 Pre-professional Seminar for the Helping Professions

SWK 209 Multicultural Perspectives

SWK 312 Social Welfare History

SWK 412 Social Welfare Policy and Services

SWK 345 Spirituality and Social Work

SWK 413 Practice Oriented Research

SWK 399 What is Social Justice and the Common Good?