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 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 in the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He began teaching undergraduate courses in 1992 as a Part-time Instructor/lecturer primarily in the criminal justice sequence. He later taught undergraduate courses in policy, Basic Generalist Practice, Interventions II (macro practice), Integrative Seminar II, and an undergraduate course in research. He has served as an Adjunct Professor, Visiting Assistant, and Assistant Professor. Dr. Tsagaris taught his first graduate course 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 is currently the co-chair of the CLASS Dean's Diversity Council. He has served on several committees in the School of Social Work. He has served as the Curriculum Chair for several consecutive years and was the lead faculty in the 4-to-3 credit hour conversion, and curriculum chair when the social work program revised its MSW curriculum. He has served as Coordinator for Continuing Education in Social Work and conducts Social Work licensure workshops.

In 2019, Dr. Tsagaris became a member of the Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit,  of Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia, and in 2020 an academic member of the Athens Institute for Education and Researchers (Atiner), a world association of academics. He has served as President of the National Court Services Association (NJCSA) which is affiliated with the National Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (NJFCJA). 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 (OJJDP), Department of Justice. He has done consulting with a national consulting firm for the OJJDP state advisory groups in juvenile justice.

Prior to his entering academia on a full-time basis, Dr. Tsagaris had 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 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. He worked on the designing and development of court-wide management training, specialized training in family therapy, and counseling. He developed and monitored training grants. He has worked as an employee relations manager, acting EEO Coordinator, court diversion social worker, and juvenile probation officer.  In addition, Dr. Tsagaris has done community planning in a United Way Agency in Michigan and held internships for Geauga County Mental 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  Chapter of American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) having served as Chapter President, Vice-President/Program Development, and Secretary. Under his leadership, the  Chapter received regional leadership awards for achievement in the areas of programming, communications, and service. He served as President of the John M. Manos  Chapter #36, American Hellenic Educational Association (AHEPA), and continues to serve as a member of the AHEPA Scholarship Committee.

He has received community awards for his involvement with community activities such as Clergy United, and his ethnic affiliation with the Chios Society of, Chapter #7, and serving as Secretary for the United Chios Societies of Americas, Inc.
 
Research Interests:
Dr. Tsagaris has research interests in human sex trafficking, adult offenders with developmental disabilities, cultural diversity, juvenile justice, and curriculum development.
 
Teaching Areas:
Diversity, disparities, racism and discrimination, leadership and management, social work licensure, 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.
-  Adjunct Member, Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit,  of
                   Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia
-  Academic member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (Atiner)

Dr. Tsagaris' past professional affiliations have included: - Joint memberships with National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (NCJFCJ) and the National Juvenile Court Services Association (NJCSA)- Past President, Vice President/President-Elect, Member-at-Large, editor of NJCSA Newsletter; Served on Curriculum  Committee; American Educational Research Association (AERA); Greater  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 , School of Social Work, CSU
* Assistant , School of Social Work, CSU
* Visiting Assistant , School of Social Work, CSU
* Adjunct , School of Social Work, CSU
* Lecturer, School of Social Work, CSU
* 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, , OH
* Senior Trainer/Assistant Director of Staff Development & Training, Juvenile Division ¿ Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, 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 , Warren, MI
* Planning Intern, Federation for Community Planning, OH
* Planning Intern, Geauga County (648) Mental and Mental Retardation Board, Chardon, OH
 
University Service:
* CLASS, Dean's Diversity Council (Current)
* Chair, APC Committee
* Chair, Curriculum Committee,  of Social Work (5-years, Past)
* Coordinator, Continuing Education,  of Social Work (Past)
* CLASS, Budget, and Finance Committee (Past)
 
Professional Service:
REVIEWER (Professional Journals):
*Juvenile & Family Court Journal (NCJFCJ)
*Athens Institute for Education and Research (Atiner) Social Sciences Journal
*The Journal for the Society for Social Work and Research
*Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Springer Publishing
*Child Youth Care Forum
*The Journal of Human Trafficking