Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ed.D. University of Massachusetts – 1989
M.S. American International College - 1980
B.S. Westfield State College -1976
Introduction to Criminal Justice; Law Enforcement; Violence & Victimization; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; American Courts
Areas of Interest:
- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement and Terrorism
- Violence and Victimization
- Occupational Stress and Mental Health Issues
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Law
Links to selected work:
Australian Journal of Criminology, 1991 “The Meaning Police Officers Make of Their Work.”
Quotes about teaching:Teaching is much like coaching. If students don’t come to practice; should they expect to be able to play in the game?
Chair, Social Sciences Department
Associate Professor of American Studies and History
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1991
M. A., University of Connecticut, 1993
Area of Study:
U.S. Religion and Politics. He is currently researching meetings between popes and U.S. presidents.
Read Thomas J. Carty's article "The Risks and Rewards of the Pope's Visit to the U.S.," featured on the History News Network Web site here.
In 2006, the Organization of American Historians and the National Parks Service invited him to join a team of scholars reviewing the John F. Kennedy birthplace in Brookline, Mass. His writing on religion and politics will appear in several forthcoming edited books, such as Religion and the Presidency (Columbia University Press, 2008), Catholics and American Politics (Georgetown University Press, 2008), and Religion and the American Presidency (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
He currently serves as book review editor for the New England Historical Association, and has contributed reviews for the Journal of American History and the Catholic Historical Review. His commentary on religion and politics, as well as the history of sport, has appeared in various media. Local Springfield television stations interviewed him following September 11 and other major news events, and C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2 broadcast and rebroadcast his presentation, “Catholic Hero or Secular Icon? Religion in the Presidency of John F. Kennedy.” Professor Carty has also written on the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S. for the Hartford Courant.
Associate Professor of Sociology
B. S., Springfield College, 1984
M. A., University of Iowa, 1987
Ph. D., 1992
Contemporary Society, Social Problems, Media and Society, Sociology of Sport, Racial & Ethnic Relations, and Poverty & Wealth: Class in Society
Area of Study:
Media, Sport, Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Published a book called “The Swimsuit Issue and Sport: Hegemonic Masculinity in Sports Illustrated”
Published numerous articles on subjects such as:
- Native American Mascots
- Racial Diversity in Higher Education
- Gender and Cheerleading
Served on the editorial board of several journals, including:
- Sociology of Sport Journal
- Journal of Sport and Social Issues
- Men and Masculinities
- Race, Gender, and Class Journal
Served on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
Assistant Professor of Youth Development
B.S., Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management, Indiana University, 1996
M.S., Recreation Administration, San Francisco State University, 2005
Ph.D., Youth Development, Texas A&M University, 2009
Youth development, program evaluation, recreation programming, gender and recreation, diversity, camp and non-profit administration, and mixed-methods research.
1. Duerden, M.D. & Gillard, A. (2009). Promoting supportive relationships in youth programs: A Self-Determination Theory perspective. Journal of Youth Development, 3(3).
2. Gillard, A., Watts, C.E., & Witt, P.A. (in press until spring 2009). Camp supports for motivation and interest: A mixed methods study. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.
3. Gillard, A., Watts, C.E., & Witt, P.A. (2007). The effect of perceptions of support for autonomy, relatedness, and competence on interest in camp for adolescent girls. Northeast Recreation Research Symposium Proceedings, Bolton Landing, NY.
4. Gillard, A. & Witt, P.A. (2008). Recruitment and retention in youth programs. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration: Special Issue on Youth Development, 26(2), 177-188.
Quotes About Teaching
“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life” – Rachel Carson
Fernando Gonzalez De Leon
Associate Professor of History
B. A., Rutgers College, 1981
M. A., University of Virginia, 1984
M. A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1985
Ph. D., 1991
World History; Western Civilization; History & Film; Medieval History; Early Modern Europe; Ancient & Classical World; Naval & Maritime History
Associate Professor of Sociology
B. A., SUNY Fredonia, 1978
M. A., Michigan State University, 1989
Ph. D., Michigan State University, 1992
Sociology of: families, youth, cities, social work and social welfare, medical sociology, contemporary society
Quotes about teaching
“Do not believe a thing simply because it has been said” - Buddha
Gordon M. Robinson
Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
B. A., Oakland University, 1977
M. A., University of Detroit, 1978
Ph. D., Michigan State University, 1996
Criminal Justice; Deviant Behavior; Criminology; Social Problems; Juvenile Delinquency; Criminological Theory; Terrorism
Professor of Social Sciences
B. S., University of New Orleans, 1971
M. A., 1977
Ph. D., University of Massachusetts, 1986
American Government, World History, Public Administration, Civil Liberties, Social Research, Social Movement Organizations
Associate Professor of History/Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics
B. A., Alderson-Broaddus College, 1963
M. A., University of Vermont, 1965
World History; Geography; Modern China; Modern Europe; Russian History; Oral History