Faculty Profile for Dr. Joseph Baar Topinka

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Dr. Joseph Baar Topinka
Associate Professor of Practice — School of Health Administration
ENC 250
phone: (512) 245-9079

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Joseph B. Topinka is a retired military attorney who previously taught as an Assistant Professor in the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration and was also a Legal Instructor for the Army Medical Department Center and School’s Leader Training Center. He is the former Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the U.S Army Medical Command and the former Command Judge Advocate and Center Judge Advocate for the Army’s Western Regional Medical Command and Madigan Army Medical Center respectively. He has published or co-published many works over the last ten years.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Betancourt, J. A., Stigler Granados, P. E., Pacheco, G. J., Reagan, J. K., Shanmugam, R., Topinka, J. B., … Fulton, L. V. (2021). Exploring Health Outcomes for U.S. Veterans Compared to Non-Veterans from 2003 to 2019. Healthcare, 9(604). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050604
  • Mileski, M., McClay, R., Kruse, C. S., Topinka, J. B., Heinemann, K. A., & Vargas, B. I. M. (2024). The use of serenity rooms and similar tools to improve the workplace during COVID-19: A rapid review. Nursing Reports. https://doi.org/10.3390/nursrep14010029
  • Topinka, J. B. (n.d.). Chapter 13.  Actions and Reports Required of Physicians in Treatment Situations. In ILLINOIS PRACTICE SERIES (2022 Edition, Vol. 21). Eagan, MN, United States: Thompson Reuters.
  • Topinka, J. B. (2021). Chapter 13. Actions and Reports Required of Physicians in Treatment Situations. In ILLINOIS PRACTICE SERIESTM (3rd ed., Vol. 21). Eagan, MN, United States: Thompson Reuters.
  • Topinka, J. B. (2019). Name & Sex/Gender Marker Change Information. In No. San Marcos, Texas: Attorney for Students Office/Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Dean of Students. Retrieved from https://gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/jcr:dbc34d78-937c-465c-bb38-c0c1f2f5c409/Name%20&%20Sex/Gender%20Marker%20Change%20Information.pdf

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: The Orator Award, San Marcos Toastmasters Club. December 5, 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, State of the Holey See. May 10, 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Health Professions 2021 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service, College of Health Professions, Texas State University. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Founders Medal of Honor 2021, HFMA. December 6, 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Health Professions, Texas State University. August 21, 2020

Selected Grants

  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), , Bing Zhou (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Co-Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Konur, Dincer (Supporting), Alanis, Emmanuel (Supporting), Zihagh, Fereshteh (Supporting), Dong, Zhijie (Co-Principal), Shen, Xiaoxi (Supporting), De Nadai, Alessandro Stevens (Supporting), Zhu, Ye (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Supporting), White, Alexander (Supporting), Dolezel, Diane M (Supporting), Ioudina, Vera (Supporting), Islam, Tanzima Z (Supporting), Lee, Chul Ho (Supporting), Metsis, Vangelis (Supporting), Moradi, Masoud (Supporting), Gao, Ju (Supporting), Li-Jen, Lester (Supporting), Jones, Dustin (Supporting), Pham, Vung (Supporting), Holt, Melinda (Supporting), Kyung An, Min (Supporting), Islam, ABM (Supporting), Cho, Hyuk (Supporting), Liu, Quigzhoung (Supporting), Liang, Fan (Supporting), Topinka, Joseph Baar (Supporting). The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value for the Texas Innovation Corridor (TIC) Consortium Grant, THECB, State, $1450000. (Submitted: November 2021, Funded: February 2022 - October 2022). Grant.
  • Topinka, Joseph Baar. Service Learning Section Designation Grant, Service Learning Excellence Program, Texas State University, $500. (Funded: September 7, 2021 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Review Committee to Hire Assistant Vice-President and Director, International Affairsealth Professions
November 1, 2022-Present
Service Learning Initiative
November 2020-Present
Board of Directors
Morton College Foundation
Board of Directors
Friends of the Bohemian Cemetery
Study Abroad and Study in America Committee
September 2018-Present