The Hoffberger Center is a community that gathers people together in a shared commitment to pursue the best in ethics and values, creating a forum to examine and highlight the fundamental importance of ethics in a civil society, across the professions, and throughout human life. The Center is on the move with new people joining and participating in diverse programming.
Steven Scalet, director
Steven Scalet —professor of philosophy in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences—serves as the director of the Hoffberger Center. During spring 2022, Professor Scalet’s research includes an article on the ethics of immigration as part of a forthcoming book collection on immigration and human rights, a third edition of Markets, Ethics, and Business Ethics , and writings on distributive and economic justice. Prior to this appointment, he was associate professor and the director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Law program at Binghamton University (SUNY), where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prof. Scalet received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and M.A. in Economics from the University of Arizona and is the editor of Morality and Moral Controversies: Readings in Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy 10th Edition (Routledge, 2019).
Joshua Kassner, director of Research Fellows Program
Joshua Kassner is a professor of philosophy and director of the B.A. in Philosophy, Law, and Ethics program in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Baltimore. Professor Kassner has published and presented on issues of global justice, international political and legal philosophy, and human rights. He is committed to building a thriving philosophical community with the Hoffberger Center for Ethical Engagement as its home.
Rebeccah Leiby, Hoffberger Ethics Fellow
Rebeccah Leiby is the spring 2022 Hoffberger Ethics Fellow. In addition to teaching three classes at The University of Baltimore—PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 321 Philosophers That Changed the World, and IDIS 302 Ethical Issues in Business and Society—she is collaborating with the Hoffberger Center this semester in order to facilitate programming, outreach and curriculum development. She defended her doctoral dissertation, “Towards a Contractualist Theory of Transitional Justice” at Boston University in 2022.
Daniel Gellasch, coordinator of programming and outreach
Hailing from Austin and a veteran of the Coast Guard, Daniel Gellasch, B.A. '21, began his academic career in Michigan, first studying linguistic anthropology before turning to philosophy and ethics. Daniel came to Baltimore in 2016 and joined the Hoffberger Center as a student fellow, assisting in programing and education, as well as conducting independent research. He received a Philosophy, Law, and Ethics (PLE) degree from The University of Baltimore in 2021. Following his fellowship, Daniel was appointed director of ethics outreach and programming for the Hoffberger Center. He coaches the UBalt Ethics Bowl team, directs the Maryland High School Ethics Bowl, oversees the student fellows program, edits and publishes the PLE Student Journal, and administers the Hoffberger Center’s social media and online spaces. His areas of interest include philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and critical theory. His current study and research centers around the idea of “cognitive duties.”
Claudette Booth, administrative assistant II
Claudette Booth is the administrative assistant for the Division of Legal Ethical and Historical Studies, the Hoffberger Center for Ethical Engagement and the Helen P. Denit Honors Program. Claudette is also a current student pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration at The University of Baltimore.
Janice Jackson, community liaison
Janice Jackson is an advocator, educator, innovator, and motivator. For over 37 years she has been an “agent of change” and recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities in Maryland. Ms. Jackson is an alumna of The University of Baltimore, receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in human services. Ms. Jackson is the founder and executive director of Woman Embracing Abilities Now (W.E.A.N.). W.E.A.N. is a nonprofit mentoring organization servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities throughout Maryland and surrounding areas.
Hoffberger Center Research Fellows, 2022-23
Hoffberger Center Faculty Fellows, 2022-23
Hoffberger Center Student Fellows, 2022-23
- AbdulRasheed Abubakar
- Katie Boettinger
- Jeremy Collins
- Bart Damon
- Jana Dubinovsky
- Iyana Fulp
- Derek Gardner
- JC Manigault
- Oluwanifemi Oduntan
- Donald West
IDIS 302: Ethical Issues in Business and Society Faculty
assistant director of diversity initiatives and recruitment, UBalt School of Law
Mark Bell currently serves as the director of diversity initiatives and recruitment with The University of Baltimore School of Law. As director of diversity, he advises the School of Law senior leadership team and leads strategic diversity efforts that advance the school's mission and vision. He has served as an adjunct professor for over 15 years.
adjunct faculty I, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences
Daniel G. Jenkins is a professor of philosophy at Montgomery College, and teaches occasionally at The University of Baltimore, his parents' alma mater. He has been an NEH scholar at the University of Arizona Summer Institute on Experimental Philosophy (2012), and at the East-West Center Summer Institute on Buddhist East Asia (2018). In fall of 2017, Professor Jenkins served as visiting professor at Xi’an University of Arts and Sciences 西安文理学院, Xi’an, China. He has been an affiliate of the Hoffberger Center since 2005.
assistant dean, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences
Antoinette (Toni) Martsoukos holds two degrees from The University of Baltimore: a B.A. in Jurisprudence and an M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies. She serves on UBalt’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is assistant dean for the Yale Gordon of College of Arts and Sciences. Toni has been teaching IDIS 302 since 2009 and enjoys exploring various ethical issues with students.
Frank van Vliet is an executive in residence/senior lecturer in The University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, where he teaches marketing, entrepreneurship and ethics classes. Prof. v, as his students refer to him, has been with UBalt since 2008, starting first as an adjunct and becoming a full-time faculty member in 2013. In addition to his over 14 years of teaching experience, van Vliet brings 32-plus years of industrial business to business marketing, sales and leadership development expertise to the classroom. van Vliet is a UBalt alumnus, receiving his MBA in 2008.
2022-23 Hoffberger Center Events
Please email center director Steven Scalet for event location information and details. Many meeting recordings are available on Panopto for those internal to The University of Baltimore.
- Sept. 1-30: Regular IDIS302 Instructor Cohort Meetings
- Nov. 14-18: Arts and Ethics Week
- Feb. 3, noon-1:00 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: Introduction and Welcome
- Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Regional High School Ethics Bowl
- Feb. 21, 2-3:30 p.m.: Hoffberger Research Fellow Lecture: Sally Scholz, “Moral and Political Justification for Crimes of Solidarity”
- Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: Descriptive & Normative Claims
- March 13, 8:30-10 p.m.: Guest Lecture by Steven Scalet, “Ethics and Organizational Psychology”
- March 28, 12:30-2 p.m.: Colloquium: Siobhán Petersen, “How Might a Machine Intend?”
- March 31, noon-1 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: TBD
- April 3, 8:30-10 p.m.: Guest Lecture by Joshua Kassner, “Ethics and Organizational Psychology”
- April 6: Braver Angels Online Debate, “Is Social Media Misinformation a Threat to Democracy?”
- April 11: Centennial High School Assembly, “Ethics and Political Legitimacy”
- April 11, 12:30-2 p.m.: Author-Meets-Critics Session: Karen Stohr, Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement
- April 28, noon-1 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: TBD
- May 5, noon-1 p.m.: HCEE Ethics Series: Student Fellows Presentation
- Hoffberger Reading Group, every other Friday, 11 a.m.-noon
- Hoffberger Center Staff Meetings, every Friday, 10-10:30 a.m.
- Hoffberger Writing Group, first Friday of every month (times vary)
- Hoffberger Student Fellow Meetings, recurring on Discord
- Philosophy Common Hour
- Daniel Gellasch’s Drop-In Hours, Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.