New sociology professor specializes in criminology

By Megan Kutulis
October 23, 2008

Shannon Keough

Dr. William Geary, “criminologist by trade,” joins the faculty as a full-time assistant professor of sociology and criminology.

Geary, who graduated from Penn State University with a degree in administration of justice, said that although he enjoys working with students, he started teaching for a different reason.

“I had a professor at Penn State who served as my mentor and the lifestyle attracted me. Life was good, it was a loose environment and it allowed you to do well. Summers off, setting your own hours-it seemed like a great job to have,” Geary said.

Before coming to Cabrini, he taught at a variety of other institutions, including his alma mater Penn State University-Abington and Widener University.

Besides teaching, he has worked with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and as a corrections officer.

Geary’s experience with CADCA and as a corrections officer is beneficial not only to society, but to his teaching as well. Geary emphasizes that his work with these organizations and with his students go hand-in-hand.

His ability to work with students and community youth has strengthened his performance in both areas.

So far, Geary’s time at Cabrini has been well-spent. Besides teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, he teaches Research Methods and Criminology. He also serves as moderator for the Sociology Club.

His favorite part is, “The student-teacher relationships. There is a very strong commitment to student education. A lot of colleges can claim that, but even though they say it’s a top priority, it doesn’t always work out that way. The friendliness of the staff and students is great,” Geary said.

Megan Kutulis

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