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Dr. Jason Karsky

Jason KarskyDr. Jason Karsky is a professor of criminal justice at Wayne State College. He also serves as the college's Criminal Justice Association advisor. He is a member of the Service-Learning Advisory Committee and the Crisis Management Committee. Prior to coming to WSC, Karsky worked with at-risk youth in various capacities in North Dakota and Minnesota. 

Dr. Karsky is a past president of the Great Plains Sociological Association and a member of two honor societies, Alpha Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. He received the Governor's Commendation for work with at-risk youth in Minnesota; he is also a recipient of the George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award and the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Karsky serves as a member of the Wayne City Council and is a past chair of the Wayne Civil Service Commission.

Dr. Karsky earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1999 from South Dakota State University-Brookings, his M.S. in Criminal Justice in 1995 from Saint Cloud State University, and his B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1993 from University of North Dakota-Grand Forks.

Dr. Karsky's teaching interests include juvenile delinquency, correctional institutions, community-based corrections and emergency management. His research interests include social construction of reality, violent crime and emergency management.

Dr. Lisa Wanek

Lisa WanekDr. Lisa Wanek is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Wayne State College. Before teaching at WSC, Dr. Wanek volunteered with adolescents at the Boys and Girls Club and the 4-H Youth Development Programs while completing her college degrees. She also taught classes at Iowa State University, Hawkeye Community College and Iowa Western Community College.

Dr. Wanek earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (emphasis on Bullying and Victimization) from Iowa State University, her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University, and her B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University.

Dr. Wanek's research interests include bullying and victimization, especially parenting practices, and child behavior and treatment. She is also interested in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which she has investigated with grant-funded projects evaluating ACEs in Iowa and their long-term effects on children and adults. Her teaching interests are bullying in American schools, family violence, violent crime, crime and media, as well as criminology. Dr. Wanek also integrates Service-Learning in her classroom to enhance student learning outside the classroom.  Students in her topics course learned about bullying and victimization in American schools. Students applied this course content by partnering with the local elementary school. They spent a day reading a book on bullying to the students and engaged in small group discussions.