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Rev. Joseph G. Hubbert, C.M., Ph.D.

Rev. Joseph G. Hubbert, C.M., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Dunleavy Hall


A 1973 graduate of Niagara University (B.A., History), Father Hubbert first served the Department of Religious Studies between 1977 and 1980. Following graduate studies at The Catholic University of America (M.A., Ph.D., Church History) and serving on the faculties of Mary Immaculate Seminary (Northampton, Pa.) and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Philadelphia, Pa.), he returned to Niagara as an Assistant Professor in 1993.  Becoming Chairperson of the department in May 1996, he received tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in May 1999.  Dr. Hubbert served as Chair of the department through May 2006.

Courses taught by Father Hubbert include: Introduction to Religion; Introduction to Christianity; The Letters of Paul; World Religions; Jesus the Christ; Hinduism and Buddhism; Church History I and II;  American Catholicism, and The Second Vatican Council, a course he initiated in Fall 2003.He has also taught a University Studies course with Dr. Sharon Watkinson of Niagara's Theatre Department: Concepts of Birth, Death, and Rebirth in Theatre and Religion.

Involved in editorial work for the journal Vincentian Heritage, Dr. Hubbert has also contributed articles to The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History, and the quarterly journal, U.S. Catholic Historian.  Presently he is doing research in the history of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in the United States.  A member of the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Catholic Theology Society, he served as session convener (History of Theology) for the latter organization of ten years.  He is moderator of the Niagara chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society of Religious Studies/Theology and received TAK’s annual “Leader of the Year” award in 2005.

Beyond the classroom, Father Hubbert has contributed to Niagara University as a member of the Academic Senate, the Satisfactory Academic Progress Committee, the Sabbatical Leave Committee, and as University Harassment Officer.  He is involved with student activities as moderator for the Parent’s Weekend Committee, the varsity basketball teams and softball team, as well as the collegiate (club) hockey team.  In June 2006 he took up responsibilities as Religious Superior of the Vincentian Community at Niagara University

Current Research

Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian) history

Educational Background

B.A. in History, Niagara University Th.M., M.A. in Theology, Mary Immaculate Seminary M.A., Ph.D. in Church History, The Catholic University of America

Current Involvement

Locally involved in pastoral ministry in local parishes, and with local groups and individuals (talks, spiritual direction, etc.), as well as chaplaincy to the local division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; internationally through Vincentian community; professionally as a member of the College Theology Society, and the American Catholic Historical Society.