Dr. Samuel M Claster
Samuel Claster completed his undergraduate and master’s degree work at EU where he first found his passion for Sociology and developed a desire to enter academic life. Sam joined the faculty in 2009 while completing his doctoral work at South Dakota State University. In the fall of 2010, he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled “Pundit Wars: An Investigation into the Pragmatics of News Talk Programs.” As a specialist in social theory, his interdisciplinary work explores contemporary cultural and social shifts in news media and their civic impact. Currently, he is writing a chapter on social structure and interaction for an Introductory textbook for Sociology courses. An active member in the local faculty Union (APSCUF), Sam also engages in scholarship focused on the structural changes in Higher Education. In addition, Sam is working to develop and implement institutional climate research with the Office of Social Equity.
Sam is known on campus for his engaging classroom lecture style and rapport with students. In fact, Sam has been nominated for the Faculty Member of the Year award every year that he has been at Edinboro. Perhaps his greatest passion is mentoring undergraduate students engaging in research. Many of his students have presented and won recognition for their work at regional conferences. Beyond teaching and scholarship, Sam also serves on many committees and advises multiple student government, athletic and Greek organizations.
Sam’s wife and colleague Patricia Claster is also a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. When they are not researching, engaging and debating the social universe, they enjoy time at home with their son Benjamin.
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Patricia Neff Claster is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Claster received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of marriage and family, gender and children and youth studies. She also regularly teaches the required introductory research methods class and works closely with students developing individual research projects both inside and outside of the classroom.
Over the last several years, she has been exploring different factors that influence the educational, occupational, marital and parenting aspirations of American adolescents. She has presented this research at a number of international, national, and regional conferences. Her research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Inquiry, The New York Sociologist and Sociological Viewpoints. Most recently, she published a book chapter in Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (Volume 18) and she was the co-editor of Volume 19 (Emerald, 2015). Currently, she is the co-editor of 21st Volume of Sociological Studies of Children and Youth and is working on a chapter for an introductory sociology text. In addition, she is an editorial board member for a number of academic journals and book series. Her active research efforts were recently recognized with a nomination for the EU Scholar of the Year Award.
Patricia met her husband at Edinboro when they both started teaching in 2009. They share a passion for sociology, a son named Benjamin and a miniature schnauzer named Stella.