George S Tsagaris
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1436
 Phone: 216-523-7474
 Email: G.TSAGARIS@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1436, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
human trafficking, sex trafficking, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, cultural diversity, curriculum design.
 
Education:
Ph.D., Urban Education, Learning and Development, Cleveland State University, 2006
MSSA, Social Work, Social of Applied Social Science, Case Western Reserve University, 1976
M.S., Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, 1974
B.A., History, Cleveland State University, 1971
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Tsagaris is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts in the Social Sciences. He began teaching undergraduate classes in 1992, as Part-time Instructor/lecturer primarily in the criminal justice sequence. He later began teaching undergraduate courses in policy, Basic Generalist Practice, Interventions II (macro practice) and Integrative Seminar II, and an undergraduate course in research. He has served as an Assistant Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, and Adjunct Professor.

Dr. Tsagaris began teaching graduate courses in 2000. He has taught over 15+ undergraduate and graduate courses at Cleveland State University, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses for other universities. Dr. Tsagaris has served as the Curriculum Chair for the School of Social Work several consecutive years.  He was the lead faculty member in the 4-to-3 credit hour conversion. He was curriculum chair when the School's social work program revised its MSW curriculum. He also served on search committees. He is currently a member of the CLASS Dean's Diversity Council. Dr. Tsagaris has served as Coordinator for Continuing Education in Social Work and conducts Social Work licensure workshops.

Dr. Tsagaris has served as President of the National Court Services Association (NJCSA). He developed two national 2-week training modules on supervision and staff development sponsored by NJCSA funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program, Department of Justice. He has done consulting for the OJJDP state advisory groups in juvenile justice with a national consulting firm.
Prior to his entering academia on a full-time basis, Dr. Tsagaris had more than 34+ years of practice experience in juvenile justice. He was Deputy Chief Probation Officer at the Juvenile Division of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, where he was responsible for probation supervision, day reporting, community service, female gender specific programming, and probation training. He was involved in all new probation services programming including school probation. Dr. Tsagaris has written grants in the areas of faith-based services, early-release of serious offenders, as well as training grants for juvenile court staff.

Dr. Tsagaris also held the position of senior trainer/assistant training director in staff development and training, responsible for court wide training. He coordinated training activities within several departments which included the design and development of management training, specialized training in family therapy and counseling. He developed and monitored training grants. He has also worked as employee relations manager, acting EEO Coordinator, court diversion social worker and juvenile probation officer.  Additionally, Dr. Tsagaris did community planning in a United Way Agency in Michigan and held internships for Geauga County Mental Health and Mental Retardation (648) Board and the Federation for Community Planning currently known as Community Solutions.
 
Honors and Awards:
Dr. Tsagaris has received several leadership awards for his professional affiliations including the National Juvenile Court Services Association (NJCSA), the Greater Cleveland Chapter of American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) having served as Chapter President, Vice-President/Program Development, and Secretary. Under his leadership, the Cleveland Chapter received regional leadership awards for achievement in the areas of programming, communications, and service. He served as President of the John M. Manos Cleveland Chapter #36, American Hellenic Educational Association (AHEPA), He is a member of the AHEPA Scholarship Committee.

He also received community awards for his involvement with community activities such as Clergy United, and his ethnic affiliation with the Chios Society of Cleveland, Chapter #7, and serving as Secretary for the United Chios Societies of Americas, Inc.
 
Research Interests:
Dr. Tsagaris has research interests in adult offenders with developmental disabilities, human trafficking, juvenile justice, cultural diversity, and curriculum development.
 
Teaching Areas:
Diversity, disparities, racism and discrimination, leadership and management, supervision and staff development, macro practice, human behavior and the social environment - large systems, program evaluation, social work policy.
 
Professional Affiliations:
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - Member for more than 40 years
- National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (NCJFCJ) - member since 2007.
- National Juvenile Court Services Association (NJCSA) - Past President,
Vice President/President-Elect, Member-at-Large; and Editor of NJCSA Newsletter; Served on Curriculum Committee

Dr. Tsagaris' past professional affiliations have included: American Educational Research Association (AERA); Greater Cleveland Chapter of American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) having served in leadership roles with ASTD including President, Vice-President/Program Chair.
 
Professional Experience:
Academic:
* Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Cleveland State University
* Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Cleveland State University
* Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Cleveland State University
* Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, Cleveland State University
* Lecturer, School of Social Work, Cleveland State University
* Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Akron
* Faculty (part-time), Justice Management Program, University of Nevada

Prior to Academia
* Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Juvenile Division ¿ Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland, OH
* Senior Trainer/Assistant Director of Staff Development & Training, Juvenile Division ¿ Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland, OH
* Court Diversion Social Worker, Juvenile Division ¿ Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
* Probation Officer, Juvenile Division ¿ Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
* Assistant Director, Macomb Division, United Community Services of Greater Metropolitan Detroit, Warren, MI
* Planning Intern, Federation for Community Planning, Cleveland, OH
* Planning Intern, Geauga County (648) Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board, Chardon, OH
 
University Service:
* CLASS, Dean's Diversity Council (Current)
* Chair, Curriculum Committee, School of Social Work (5-years, Past)
* Coordinator, Continuing Education, School of Social Work (Past)
* CLASS, Budget, and Finance Committee (Past)
 
Professional Service:
REVIEWER (Professional Journals):
*Juvenile & Family Court Journal (NCJFCJ)
*Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Springer Publishing
*Child Youth Care Forum