AUBURN, ALABAMA, UNITED STATES, September 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — There are millions of educators all over the world who are responsible for educating young people. While teachers all bring their own style and direction to the classroom, some have such a brilliant approach with students that they deserve the highest sense of respect and honor.
Cal is an exceptional retired Professor of Political Science at Auburn University and the author of two murder mysteries “The Black Angels” and “A Straitjacket for Sarah,” in addition to having edited or written twenty-five academic works. For example, he recently collaborated with his daughter Evelyn, an Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY, Oswego, on the academic book, “Challenging Neoliberalism: Globalization and the Economic Miracles in Chile and Taiwan.”
“I have been active in academia all my life,” says Cal. “My philosophy in teaching was to give my students the upmost freedom to develop their own intellect. I also enjoyed bringing fun and a sense of humor into my classroom, so I told jokes to be a little less intimidating and more in touch with my students. Over the course of my rewarding career I had the good fortune to teach the most amazing students, and that gave me the greatest sense of accomplishment.”
Growing up, Cal was inspired by his own teachers, noting the difference between bad teaching and outstanding professors who gave him the drive and initiative to go into teaching. Cal received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois. He was director of the master public administration program at Auburn from 2003 to 2012, focusing on economic development. Upon his retirement in 2013 Cal decided to pursue his love of writing inspired by such mystery writers as Agatha Christie and Michael Connelly.
“‘The Black Angels’ takes place during the 1950’s in the Midwest and ‘A Strait Jacket for Sarah’ is a sequel,” says Cal. “If you examine the pivotal role of nurses they have very responsible positions in psychiatric hospitals where they know the patients much better than the doctors. Yet, in some ways they were treated abysmally. It’s a fascinating subject.”
Cal describes how in the 1950’s, psychiatric treatments subjected patients to horrific treatment such as shock therapy, straitjackets, and “packings” in bitterly cold wet sheets. Cal has won numerous teaching awards and in 2012 he was voted by the student government association as Auburn’s outstanding graduate faculty member for teaching and advising.
“American politics has become extremely polarized,” says Cal. “I could get students to laugh about politics even when I was showing them statistics. Now, politics has become so sensitive that it’s much harder to have fun with the subject.”
Cal is at work on his next book and continuing his writing career is his main focus.
“I have had a gratifying career and I advise everyone to have a joyous outlook on life,” says Cal. “It’s essential not to take yourself all that seriously but to pursue your dreams and visions and never give up on your goals.”
CUTV News Radio will feature Cal Clark in an interview with Jim Masters on September 13th at 2:00 p.m. EST.
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