Professor Emeritus

424 Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 1579

BA  St. Francis College
MA  Duquesne University
PhD  St. John's University

Teaching Areas

  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Ethics, Theoretical and Applied
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Contemporary philosophy

Professor of Philosophy Joseph Givvin began teaching at Mount Mercy in 1981. He is originally from Pennsylvania, where he taught part-time at Westmoreland County Community College and Allegheny County Community College. He has taught a variety of courses at Mount Mercy, including Introduction to Ethics, Contemporary Thought, Introduction to the Philosophical Human Perspective, and Law and Philosophy.

Givvin actively participates in research on the subject of teaching philosophy, and in August 2004, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers presented him with an award for Outstanding Leadership and Achievements in the Teaching of Philosophy. He has made numerous presentations on teaching philosophy at international conferences.

In 2007 Givvin served as a Visiting Professor at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. He has taught numerous courses in Mount Mercy's Honors Program, and in 2003 he participated in the National Institute of Health Seminar on Teaching the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project.

Givvin believes the most important job of a teacher is to inspire a sense of wonder in students, since college is a rare time in life designated solely for thinking and learning.

He has participated in Mount Mercy's Appalachian Spring service trip twice and enjoys traveling. He likes bike riding and watching classical films. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.