Joan Straumanis


465 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA  94610  U.S.A.
Phone: 202-277-1937
Email: joanstraumanis (at) earthlink (dot) net
Web site:



Academic administration; strategic planning and leadership development for nonprofits; curricular evaluation, reform and innovation especially in science, engineering, medicine and health sciences; accreditation of institutions and programs; foundation and Federal grant administration; research on learning and neuroscience; science policy; health science policy; philosophy of science and mathematics; international education; logic; women’s studies; philosophy of biology; ethics; philosophy of language.


Bronx High School of Science, New York City
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, B.A. (mathematics, political science)
University of Colorado, M.A. equiv. (mathematics)
University of Maryland, Ph.D. (philosophy)


For international consulting activities, see §International Professional Projects.

Ashby Village, Berkeley, CA, 2015 – present.
A service organization supporting members aging in place.
Outreach (Recruitment) Team, chair.
Management coach for Executive Director and staff.
Professional development workshops for staff and heads of volunteer teams, leader.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Chicago, IL, 2010 – present.
Consultant and site reviewer.
Texas A&M University–Kingville, 2016.
Strategic planning workshop for deans, leader.
Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD, 2015.
Strategic planning workshop for faculty, leader.
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, 2013 – 2015.
Planning and team-building workshops, leader.
Administration, management coach.
Mock accreditation site visit, 2014.
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), 1989 – present.
A national network funded by National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and private foundations to reform undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education; now a project of AAC&U.
Management consultant, 2014.
Summer Institute on Institutional Transformation, Keystone, CO, co-organizer, co-leader, July 2000.
Change Agents Roundtable, 1999 – 2000.
Executive Committee, founding member, 1989 – 1991.
W. M. Keck Foundation–Project Kaleidoscope Consultancy: interdisciplinary education, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 1997.
What Works: Building Natural Science Communities, co-author,  v. 1 (STAMATS Publishing, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1991).
National Academy of Sciences, national conference co-organizer, February 1991.
TIDES competition, reviewer, 2014.
Foundation grants, proposal advisor, 2006 – 2007.
Greater Expectations competition: general education programs, judge, 2000.
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, editor, writer, 2011 – 2013.
National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, reviewer, 2011.
Science of Learning Centers program.
Manual for Center Evaluators, author, 2007.
Blue Ribbon Panel, reviewer, consultant, 2006.
Ethics in Graduate Education program, reviewer, 2005.
Teacher Education program, reviewer, 1992 – 1999.
Peer review conferences, proposal and program evaluation, publication management and production, project manager, contract negotiator, 1978 – 1981.
ILO Institute
Fellow, 2005 – 2008.
SRI International
Project evaluator, 1998 – 1999.
Scholastic Magazine
Magic School Bus Science Education Award, national judge, 1998.
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
ChemQuest and IntelliChem software projects, 1997.
University of California, Davis, CA
Davis Honors Challenge, advisory panelist, 1997 – 1998.
Nature and Culture Program, 1995 – 1997.
Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO
Continuous Process Improvement Project, evaluator, 1996.
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

Faculty retreat leader, 1990.

Lilly Curriculum Development Grant, 1989.
Ford Foundation Curriculum Evaluation Grant, 1985.
Stetson University, Deland, FL
Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Workshops, leader, 1987, 1989.
Grants Workshop for Science Faculty, leader, 1988.
Association of Junior Leagues, New York, NY
Campus Alcoholism Project, 1989.
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1988.
Ohio Program in the Humanities/Ohio Humanities Council, 1975 – 1986.
Women’s Studies Programs

Sangamon State University, Springfield, IL, 1983.

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 1980.
Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1980.
Proposal Reviewing
Lilly Endowment, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE–U.S. Department of Education), Knight Foundation.


Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH; Regional Development Director (West Coast), 2018 – present; College President, 2002 – 2004; hired all new senior staff, launched capital campaign, renegotiated longstanding union contract, initiated Eco League multi-college environmental consortium, helped initiate curricular reform and budget stabilization plans.
National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, Science of Learning Centers Program; Program Director,  2008 – 2010; managed a program supporting interdisciplinary multi-university centers for basic research in the learning sciences, including neuroscience, psychology, computer science, engineering and education.
Metropolitan College of New York, New York, NY; President, 2007 – 2008 (emergency interim appointment through the Registry for Retired College and University Presidents); revitalized the college, increased enrollment, balanced the budget, recruited a permanent president. Metropolitan College serves working adults by integrating learning and employment through a curriculum that emphasizes liberal learning, social justice and personal responsibility for change.

Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC; Program Officer, 1992 – 1995, 1998 – 2002.

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Herbert and Ann Siegel Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 1995 – 1997; Professor of Philosophy, 1995 – 1998.

Rollins College, Winter Park, FL; Dean of the FacultyProfessor of Philosophy, 1986 – 1992.

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH; Academic Dean, 1983 – 1986; Associate Provost, 1982 – 1983; Professor of Philosophy, 1982 – 1986.

Department of Philosophy, Denison University, Granville, OH; Professor, 1982; Associate Professor, 1976 – 1982;  Assistant Professor, 1971 – 1976.

Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol, England;  Visiting Research Professor (sabbatical leave), 1980.

National Science Foundation, Washington, DC; Program Officer (one-year leave as rotator), 1977 – 1978 Local Course Improvement, Instructional Scientific Equipment, Public Understanding of Science Programs.

Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland–College Park; Teaching Assistant, 1969 – 1971.

Departments of MathematicsTeaching positions at: University of Colorado, Ohio University – Martin’s Ferry, Bethany College (WV), Wilberforce University (OH), Yellow Springs High School (OH) and American University (Washington, DC).


Antioch College Alumni Association, 2016 – present.
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management, public member, 2016 – present; Finance Committee.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Commission on Credentialing, public member, 2014 – 2017.
Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, public member, 2014 – 2017; Governance Committee, Quality Improvement in Education panel.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, public member, 2011 – 2018; Standards Committee.

Association of American Colleges and Universities, Peer Review (journal), 1999 – present.

Howard University
Institutional Biosafety Committee, public member, 2012 – 2013.
Ad hoc committees to investigate allegations of scientific misconduct in the Medical School, public member, 2011 – 2013.
Institutional Review Board, public member, 2011 – 2013.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU of Virginia, 2011 – 2013; Ad Hoc Governance Committee, chair; Development Committee.
ACLU of Northern Virginia, 2010 – 2013.
ACLU of the Lehigh Valley, 1996 – 1999.
ACLU of Florida (State and Local), 1986 – 1991.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, public member, 2004 – 2010.
Bluestem Communications (formerly Biodiversity Project), Chicago, IL 2007 – 2009.
Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2002 – 2004.
National Commission on Cooperative Education, 2002 – 2004.
Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges, 2002 – 2004; Finance Committee.

INTART Foundation (promoting contemporary Russian art), 2000 – 2002.

Museo Fondo Del Sol (art museum), Washington, DC, 2000 – 2002.

National Academy of Engineering, Forum on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce, 2000 – 2002.

SMART Discovery Center (science museum), Bethlehem, PA, 1995 – 1997.

Orlando Science Center (science museum), 1991 – 1992.

Northwest Area Foundation, Education Advisory Committee, St. Paul, MN, 1983 – 1986.

University of Maryland–College Park, Student-Faculty Advisory Board, founding chair, 1969 – 1970.


Bay Area Feminism & Philosophy Workshop, University of San Francisco, session chair, 2019.
Decisive & Democratic Leadership – Yes, Both,” Village Movement California conference: “The Age of Leadership”, Newport Beach, CA, 2019.
Village Newbies = Ready Made Leaders,” National Village-to-Village conference”, San Diego, 2018.
Postsecondary Play: the Role of Games and Social Media in Higher Education” (book review), Planning for Higher Education, v. 43, n. 2, Jan. – Mar. 2015.
What We're Learning About Learning (and what we need to forget),” Planning for Higher Education, v. 40, n. 4, July – Sept. 2012.
Denison University convocation series on Science, Sex and Society, keynote speaker, 2012.
The Science of Learning: Breaking News,” Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, v. 5, n. 2, March 2011, pp. 251 – 255.
California Arts Council “Create the State” conference, Los Angeles, keynote speaker, 2011.
The Science of Learning: News You Can Use,” Delaware Community College, 2011.
The Science of Learning: What It Says About the Arts,” Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011.
National Endowment for the Arts conference of the Education Leaders Institute, Chicago, keynote speaker, 2010.
How to Fund Your Best Ideas: A 12-Step Program” for project managers and grant proposal writers; numerous venues, including teleconferences, workshop leader, 1992 – 2008.
Manual for Center Evaluators,” National Science Foundation, Science of Learning Centers program, 2007.
Changing Medical Education Forever” (with Sandra P. Levison), Change magazine, v. 34, n. 5, Sept./Oct. 2002, pp. 18 – 26.

Funding Your Best Ideas: A 12-Step Program,” in Susan Peterson (ed.), The Grantwriters Internet Companion (Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2001).

A Dean’s-Eye View: The Golden Age of Universities on the Make,” (book review), Change magazine, v. 24, n. 6, Nov./Dec. 1992, pp. 62 – 65.

Support Issues” (summary of presentation) in Zaven Karian (ed.), The Use of Symbolic Computation in Undergraduate Mathematics, proceedings of the Denison Conference, June 25 – 28, 1992 (Mathematical Association of America, 1992).

Citation: R. Edgerton, P. Hutchings, K. Quinlan (eds.), The Teaching Portfolio: Capturing the Scholarship in Teaching (AAHE, 1991), Entry I.

Citation: Sheila Tobias, They’re Not Dumb, They’re Different: Stalking the Second Tier (Research Corporation, 1990), p. 88.

Struggles with the Maxwell Demon,” a philosophical essay on entropy and information, Rollins College, Oct. 1988.

Explosive Freedom: Impressions of Glasnost,”  Rollins Alumni Record, v. 66, n. 1, Spring 1988.

A Crisis in Science” (excerpts from my Congressional testimony),  The Chronicle of Higher Education, v. 33, n. 29, April 1, 1987, p. 43.

Citation: Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas (Basic Books, 1985), p. 156.

Duties to Oneself: An Ethical Basis for Self-Liberation?,”  Journal of Social Philosophy, v. 15, n. 2, Spring 1984.

Citation: Jason Kawall, “Self-Regarding Supererogatory Actions,” Journal of Social Philosophy, Sept. 2003.

Sex Selection: The Public Impact of Private Choices,” invited paper, Rosenstiel International Conference on Developmental Biology, Gambier, OH, 1983.

A Laboratory Manual for the Philosophy of Biology,”  Philosophy of Biology in the Philosophy Curriculum (Council for Philosophical Studies, San Francisco State University, 1983) ch. 7, pp. 72 – 87.

Of Sissies and Spinsters: Shifts in Value of Sex-Marked Terms,” American Philosophical Association, Chicago, 1983.

The Case Against Human Sociobiology,” American Philosophical Association, Chicago, 1983.

The Sex/Value Shift: Sex Bias and Linguistic Change,” invited paper, Forum for Interdisciplinary Research Conference:  Language Problems and Public Policy, Cancun, Mexico, 1981.

Changing Sex Roles of Men and Women,” two articles in the Steubenville Catholic Register and an educational program on WTOV-TV, Steubenville, OH, sponsored by the Ohio Program in the Humanities, June 1981.

The Call for Feminist Theory: Is There An Answer?” in Beth Reed (ed.), Toward a Feminist Transformation of the Academy: II (Ann Arbor: Great Lakes Colleges Association, 1981).

Citation: D.C. Dennett, Brainstorms (MIT Press: Bradford Books, 1980), p. 44.

Computing in Symbolic Logic,” presentation and demonstration, Conference: Logic and Liberal Learning, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1979.

A Guide to Undergraduate Science Course and Laboratory Improvements (with R.F. Watson), resource catalog (Washington: National Science Foundation, 1979).

Generic ‘Man’ and Mortal Woman,” an essay in the philosophy of language in Beth Reed (ed.), The Structure of Knowledge – A Feminist Perspective (Ann Arbor: Great Lakes Colleges Association, 1979).

Logic and Simulation,” in Esther Thorson (ed.), Simulation in Higher Education (New York: Exposition Press, 1979). Also ERIC System document #IR 004 951, cited in Resources in Education, November, 1977.

DEMON, a logic proof-teacher and validity-checker, and FRAME, a set of tutorials for translation from natural to symbolic logic languages; instructional computer programs for symbolic logic; used in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Hong Kong (Distributor: Denison University Computer Center), 1974.

Reference and Reification,” lecture, Council for Philosophical Studies Institute on Human Nature, Colorado Springs, CO, 1977.

Philosophical Presuppositions of Assertiveness Training,” broadcast on WYEP-FM Radio, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 20, 1975.

JOB CRUNCH: The Affirmative Action Game,” an educational simulation (with Judith Laird), ERIC System document #ED 169 819, cited in Resources in Education, 1979. Reviewed by C. S. Greenblat and J. G. Baily in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, v. 3, no. 3, Spring 1979.

Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things: A Philosopher Looks at Abortion,” invited lecture, University of Notre Dame Conference on Abortion, 1973.


As president at two colleges and dean at three, hired deans, vice presidents, directors, institutional consultants, faculty, associate deans and staff; at Metropolitan College, served on presidential search committee for my replacement.

Search for FIPSE Director, staff representative, 1999 – 2000.

FIPSE staff hirings (in response to Congressional appropriation), manager, 2000.

Lehigh University search for dean of the College of Education, chair, 1995.

Denison University presidential search, elected faculty representative, 1975.



International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Montreal, 2015.

Session chair, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Montpellier, 2013.

American Studies conference, Paris, 2011.

American Studies conferences and university visits, 2011.

Representative of the U.S. National Science Foundation, Spatial Cognition conference, Freiburg, 2009.

Consultant, designer, report author, project to create a new American-style university for Nanjing; a partnership between American University (Washington DC), the Coordinating Council for International Universities and Jiangsu Province, 2005.

Invited delegate, professional visit by American philosophers to ten universities in Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Beijing, People to People Ambassadors program, 2000.
Bulgaria Candidate for president of the American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, 2005.

Invited delegate, Global Peace Initiative, invited by First Lady Suzanne Mubarak; People to People Ambassadors program, 2003.
Kenya Consultant, Global Service Corps of the Earth Island Institute; evaluated NGO agriculture service projects, negotiated AIDS education collaboration with Kenyan government, 1999.
Greece Lectured on Greek philosophy to Smithsonian tour group; evaluated FIPSE archeology project, 1998.

Developed, inspected, evaluated study abroad programs, Sydney and Melbourne; Rollins College, Lehigh University, Antioch College, 1987 – 1998.

Graduate student recruitment, Lehigh University, 1996, 1997.

Graduate student recruitment, Lehigh University, 1996, 1997.

Graduate student recruitment, Lehigh University, 1996.

Establishing educational exchanges, Moscow, St. Petersburg; Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1993.
Arranged visit of Ukrainian faculty member to teach at Rollins College, funded by Rotary Clubs of Central Florida, 1989 – 1990.
Invited participant in delegation of eight American college deans; visited Universities of Leningrad, Moscow and Odessa; funded by Corliss Lamont Foundation and participating institutions, 1987.

Negotiated, established, evaluated study abroad contracts with Mexican universities, Merida; Rollins College, 1986 – 1992.
Co-leader, month-long study/travel course (archeology, culture); Denison University, 1976.


Inspected, evaluated study abroad programs in Scotland, England and Ireland; Kenyon College, 1985.
Sabbatical: Visiting Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol, 1980.
Colombia Inspected, evaluated study abroad program, Bogota, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 1984.
Turkey Leader of 28-person month-long travel course (archeology, history); Denison University, 1973.


Argentina (2014), Belize (2014), Brazil (2014), Canada (2018 … 1970), Cambodia (2013), Chile and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (2014), Costa Rica (2012), Croatia (2006), Cuba (2015), Czech Republic (2006), England (2017, 1995), Estonia (2015), France (2013, 1980), Greece (2018, 2017), Honduras (2014), Hungary (2006), Iceland (2017), India (2015), Indonesia (2013), Israel (1998), Italy (2018, 2017, 2000), Jamaica (1965), Japan (2011), Jordan (1998), Kenya (1999), Latvia (2015), Lithuania (2015), Malaysian Borneo (2012), Malta (2018), Mexico (2018, 2016, 2014, 2011, 2010), Morocco (2009-10), Netherlands (2003, 1996), Norway (2018), Palestine (1998), Peru (2014), Poland (1996), Serbia (2006), Singapore (2013), Spain (2018, 2014, 2001), Tanzania (1999), Thailand (2013), Viet Nam (2103).


Bay Area Feminism & Philosophy discussion group, 2016 – present.
Registry for Retired College & University Presidents, 2004 – present.
DC Philosophy & History of Biology discussion group, 1977 – present.
Training Seminars for Grant Program Managers, National Science Foundation, 2008, 1977.
Great Lakes Colleges Association: Board member, 2002 – 2004; Science Advisory Committee, 1982 – 1986; Academic Council (elected by Denison University Faculty), 1978 – 1982; Women’s Studies Consortium and annual conferences, organizer (with others), 1975 – 1986.
Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard University, 2002.
Leadership Seminars for Academic Officers, the Educational Leadership Project of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, 1988 – 2001.
International Society for the History, Philosophy & Social Studies of Biology, session chair, “Biological Mechanisms,” 2001.
National Institutes of Health National Genome Project, Advisory Committee on Diversity, representative of the U.S. Department of Education, 2001.
Science Education Reform,” Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, panelist, workshop leader, 1999.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, accreditation team, 1989.
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology, congressional testimony on 1988 National Science Foundation Budget Authorization, Feb. 19, 1987 (excerpted in The Chronicle of Higher Education; see §Publications).
American Philosophical Association: Central Division nominating committee, 1985 – 1986; Mellon Congressional Fellowships (annually awarded grants to academic philosophers to serve as Congressional staff members) selection committee, 1979 – 1986; Committee on the Status of Women, 1976 – 1983;  committee chair, 1982 – 1983.
Oberlin Conferences on Undergraduate Science (“Oberlin Group” of research-active colleges), 1986, 1985.
Lilly Endowment Workshop on the Liberal Arts, Colorado Springs, CO, staff, 1986; Kenyon College delegation, team leader, 1984.
National Conference on Philosophy of Biology, Denison University, staff, 1983.
Assertiveness Training workshops (for faculty, community women and students), co-leader (with A. Fitzgerald), 1983, 1976, 1975.
Institute on Philosophy of Biology, Council for Philosophical Studies and National Endowment for the Humanities, Cornell University, 1982.
Society for Women in Philosophy, founder (with others), Chicago, IL, 1971; program chair, 1982.
National Summer Institutes in Women’s Studies (faculty development), Ann Arbor, MI, staff, 1982, 1981.
Intergovernmental Task Force on Women: Status Report of the Carter Administration Action on International Women’s Year Resolutions for the President’s Domestic Policy Staff, Washington, DC, co-author (with Jean Lipman-Blumen and others), 1978.
Institute on Human Nature, Council for Philosophical Studies and National Endowment for the Humanities, Colorado Springs, CO, 1977.
State of Ohio legislation: guided student campaign to include sexual assault and rape counselors under confidentiality statutes, 1974 – 1976; signed into law 1976.


2002 – 2004 Campaign for Antioch College, $65 million goal ($35 million raised during my presidency).
2004 Mellon Foundation grant to Antioch College curriculum renewal project.
2003 Mellon Foundation grant to support Antioch College infrastructure.
1995 – 1998 National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to Lehigh University for international and intercultural education; raised required matching money from individual and corporate donors.
1995 – 1998 Philip Berman to Lehigh University permanent art and outdoor sculptures including Henry Moore bronze; solicited and installed.
1995 – 1998 Hewlett Foundation grant to Lehigh University to add research experiences to introductory courses across the curriculum, and increase undergraduate research participation.
1989 – 1992 FIPSE (U.S. Department of Education) grant to Rollins College to support curriculum innovation in science and to develop the Science Community Year program, a learning community to support first-year science students; doubled retention of science majors.
1987 – 1989 Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable & Educational Fund grant to establish the Florida Interacademic Consortium, a school-college partnership for Florida.
1985 – 1987 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to Kenyon College to expand School-College Program to rural and inner-city public high schools.
1984 – 1987

FIPSE (U.S. Department of Education) grant to Kenyon College; Teachers College, Columbia University; and Bank Street College of Education, New York to develop 5-STEP, a new consortial model and 5-year double degree program for combining liberal arts and teacher education.

1977 – 1978
National Science Foundation, Intergovernmental Personnel Act grant to fund one-year leave from Denison University as National Science Foundation Program Manager.


Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2012 – present.

Medal for service to the College, Metropolitan College of New York 50th anniversary, 2014.

Medal for leadership and achievement, Veteran Feminists of America, 2001.

Appreciation Award, Hamilton Holt School (evening degree programs), Rollins College, 1991.

Appreciation Award, Graduate Program in Counseling, Rollins College, 1990.

First Annual Faculty Leadership Award, Crossed Keys Honorary, Denison University, 1981.

Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, 1981.

Danforth Associate, appointed 1976.

Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Maryland, 1970.

United States Steel Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1967 – 1969.

University of Colorado Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1957 – 1958.