Arthur B. Dobrin
Professor Emeritus of Management, Entrepreneurship, and General Business
Degrees: DSW, 1988, Adelphi Univ; MA, 1971, New York Univ; BA, 1964, CUNY City Coll
Soon after graduating from City College of New York with a BA in History, where he did his honor's thesis on the history of Black Jews in America, Arthur Dobrin served two years in the Peace Corps with his wife, Lyn, in Kenya. There he was in charge of the educational component of the Kisii District office of the Department of Cooperative Development. He has maintained his interest in Kenya since, having returned with his family for five months in 1975 and having led educational safaris to Kenya for Adelphi University School of Social Work. He has published two novels, a collection of short stories and a book of poems all set in Kenya. He and Lyn direct the Kenya Project, a program that provides funding for an elementary school in Kisii (www.semaacademy.org).
Upon returning home from Africa in 1967, Dr. Dobrin joined the Ethical Movement and in 1968 became the Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and served in that position until 2001. Dr. Dobrin joined Hofstra University's faculty as an adjunct Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1989 and taught classes in African literature, social work, moral education, religion and human rights in the New College. He joined the faculty of the School for University Studies as a full-time Professor of Humanities in 1989. In addition to teaching in the freshmen program, he teaches courses in business ethics in the MBA program in School of Business and journalism ethics in the School of Communication.
Dr. Dobrin is the author, co-author and editor of more than 20 books, including books in ethics and children's books and is the author of more than 100 poems and articles that have appeared in journals, magazines and newspapers. He is the recipient of Hofstra University's Scholar's Incentive Award, Hofstra University, Allison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness Memorial Award of the Psychology Department, and the Peter E. Herman Award, for creative work in the literary arts.
Dr. Dobrin has been a visiting scholar at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China; Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Kisii College, Kisii, Kenya and the Gusii Technical College, Kisii, Kenya. Dr. Dobrin is a founding member of Amnesty International USA Group #74 and he and Lyn have co-led the chapter since 1976.