It has been a professional privilege and a personal pleasure to be on the faculty of a high quality, dedicated teaching university at SCSU for 31 years. It is a rich pleasure now to be teaching the children of some of the students I taught in the 1980s!
By way of background, my parents we born in the early Roaring 20s, the decade that American women were guaranteed the right to vote, home radios became popular and propeller airplanes started to cross the sky. Both of my parents grew up during the hardship and frugality of the Great Depression, and graduated from high school (my mother being the valedictorian of her class) in June of 1941. Their lives, as all Americans, were thrown in a new direction shortly thereafter by World War II. My father became an Air Force pilot instructor stateside, and married my mother in 1944.
I grew up south of Chicago where my Dad worked as a wood pattern maker. I attended the 2100 student Homewood Flossmoor High School, where I was involved with choir, band, student government, basketball and track. In 1967, I left for Hope College in Holland, Michigan where I learned a great deal from a junior year at Durham University in northeastern England.
I took a gap year after my Bachelors degree and worked in a ceramics studio, and in a factory in Lubeck, West Germany for a few months. Graduate School, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology followed at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I did a dissertation project training Boulder area police in Crisis Intervention, which was quite new at the time. That led to a faculty position at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where I was teaching inservice law enforcement officers as well as traditional students for three years.
I jumped at the chance to join the Department of Criminal Justice at SCSU in 1979, and have appreciated the competent and technologically progressive media support SCSU continues to offer for high quality teaching. Among the projects I have particularly enjoyed are learning how to teach large lecture classes effectively in Ritsche Auditorium, becoming an expert at Automated Teller Machine crime and fraud in the 1980s, publishing ATM Crime and Security Newsletter for about a decade in the 1990s, beginning Criminal Justice graduate teaching in 1985, leading the initiative to remodel Ritsche Auditorium in 1994, helping get Michael Fedo’s book, The Lynchings In Duluth republished in 2000, organizing the SCSU Honorary Doctorate of Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt in 2006, arranging campus presentations of Dr. Oertelt, and creating the audio podcast of Dr. Oertelt’s Holocaust memoir book, being a part of the Department of Criminal Justice move to online teaching, and in a small way, helping thousands of students to get where they want to go professionally in Criminal Justice and related fields.
Thank you for these enormous opportunities.