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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. Andria Cooper

Andria CooperDr. Andria Cooper is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State College. Before teaching at WSC, she sat as a New Mexico state level district court judge after serving as an attorney, primarily in the area of criminal law. She has served as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, and also has experience in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, victim advocacy, and general areas of legal practice. She has trained law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, report writing, warrant preparation, juvenile justice, fraud investigation and prevention, domestic violence investigation, and victim advocacy. She also sat on a governor’s domestic violence fatality review board.

Dr. Cooper is involved in many activities. She is the advisor of Delta Upsilon, a chapter of the national American Criminal Justice Association, which participates in regional and national competitions on criminal justice knowledge, agility, firearms, and crime scene competitions. She also creates mock crime scenes and mock trials for classes, which allows students to present cases at trial, testify as witnesses, listen to the case as jurors, or assume other criminal justice roles in the courtroom. Dr. Cooper is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association, Justice Clearinghouse, and Pi Gamma Mu (a social sciences honor society). She is also a consultant on Faculty Row, and is involved in several committees on campus and the Wayne community as well.

Dr. Cooper has been honored as an Outstanding Professor (2005) and Outstanding Advisor (2005), as well as received a Faculty Appreciation Award from Sigma Chi (2007). She has received service awards from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (2004) and the Northwest Kansas Family Shelter (2003).

Dr. Cooper earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000 from the University of Kansas School of Law and her B.A. from Fort Hays State University.

Dr. Cooper's teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, criminal evidence, report writing and trial techniques for criminal justice professionals, civil liability in criminal justice, comparative justice systems, and all legal aspects of other criminal justice disciplines. 

Her research interests include civil rights, especially privacy advocacy, search and seizure, and the 2nd Amendment. She also enjoys scholarly work in constitutional issues involving federalism and separation of powers.

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.