Dan Poff

Associate Professor

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School of Health Sciences



Dr. Poff is Terry T. Mundy Endowed Chair of Life Calling, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies & Life Coach with the School for Life Calling and Integrative Learning.  His areas of expertise and research interest include emotional/social intelligence and the application of family systems theory to team functioning and leadership.  He also teaches LFC150-LC Introductions to Life Calling, LDR350 – Leadership and Teams, LDR430 – Leadership and Conflict.  In the graduate Occupational Therapy Program Dr. Poff teaches IPE771 – Leadership in Healthcare.

Prior to joining the Center’s staff, Professor Poff served as the Founding Director and Associate Professor at Milligan College in east Tennessee where he was responsible for the successful development and accreditation of a graduate program in occupational therapy.  He has taught in higher education for 31 years.

Professor Poff earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ohio State University and a Doctoral degree from Purdue University in Family Science and Marital and Family Therapy in 1999.

Dr. Poff is a certified mediator and certified life coach and works with individuals, families, churches and other organizations to maximize potential within individual and groups/organizations. 

Professor Poff lives with his wife of 42 years in Noblesville.  His past experience in program development, counseling/therapy, leadership and teaching form the foundation for his passion to teach in leadership and help individuals reach their potential through realizing and enacting a sense of life purpose or calling.


  • Ph.D. - Family Science and Marital and Family Therapy
    1999, Purdue University
  • M.S.
    1987, Ohio State University
  • B.S.
    1981, Ohio State University
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