The professors of Cleveland State university talk about their experience teaching different disciplines and topics, dealing with current climates and the lessons they’ve learned themselves over the years. // Alexis Rosen, Arbela Capas, Brenda Castaneda Yupanqui & Holly Bland
ublic opinion is notably unstable, usually a “body temperature” at a particular moment in time. The time we are living in today could be a considered
a time for change in our political and social climates. This often translates into our every day lives and our academic lives as well. When we enter college, the world becomes a lot wider when it comes to what we learn in the classroom. We start learning the knowledge we need for our respective careers, or we start taking classes about specific issues and topics we would have never even thought about in our previous school years. For this issue, we decided to give some appreciation back to some of the professors at Cleveland State — the people who have devoted their lives to helping make sense of things to us. At Cleveland State, the professors in charge of teaching the lessons are equally as diverse as the students receiving them. Although every student has a specific major or discipline that they are pursuing, one of the most eye-opening things about studying in college is being able to explore different topics. A big task for professors teaching in the classroom, is making sure that the information in the textbooks is able to be applied and translated to the real world. Cleveland State’s professors do just that, by going beyond the classroom and teaching in a way that is not only relevant for getting a good grade, but being a proactive citizen and a lifelong learner. No matter how much time each of these professors have spent here at Cleve-
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land State, they all have unique backgrounds and expertises that help them bring something special to each classroom. This feature is not only dedicated to the nine professors we spoke to, but also to all the professors and adjunct faculty that work so hard every day to make this university special for the students.
M EG HAN N OVISK Y DISCIPLINE Sociology–Criminology YEARS @ CSU 2 years FAVORITE CLASS TO TEACH Sociology to Corrections Along with Dr. Novisky’s framed degree from Kent State University, her office wall also has photos from various correctional facilities she has visited throughout the United States. Along with this, hangs a map with pinned locations. Currently pinned are: Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, and others. These areas were some of the facilities Novisky visited to conduct interviews with inmates for her various research studies. “My focus of research is mainly talking about the health effects of inmates who are incarcerated.” Her most recent projects included interviewing women who have left domestic abuse relationships, as well as a series of interviews she did with aging men who are currently incarcerated. For about two years now, Dr. Novisky has
been teaching various Criminology courses at Cleveland State, including women and crime, corrections and criminological theory. Novisky believes that classes such as this that talk about the complicated, stigmatized and often forgotten issues of corrections in the United States, open up a lens for the students who will be working in various fields. “The dynamics of domestic violence also involves extreme isolation of victims by their abusers and threats not to disclose the abuse,” she said as an example. “So, without classes that address these topics, ignorance of them is reinforced.” Novisky also explained that she is particularly excited about the classes she is teaching talking about the deeper and societal issues regarding incarceration and prison in classes like prison and society – the new class that she has helped developed and that will be available next Fall. She hopes these classes will bring to light to students the unique problem of mass incarceration in the United States today. “We’ve invested SPRING 2018 | VINDICATOR 26