- Assistant Professor of Government
- Ph.D., University of Maryland
- M.A., The University of Akron
- B.A., The University of Akron
- Department: Government and Economics
- Office: Beckham 326
- Mailing Address: Beckham 100
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 859-622-4389
Professor Cizmar started out as an English major at the University of Akron in Ohio. After taking Introduction to Government & Politics, she uncovered her passion for political science, and added it as her second major. One class in particular—public opinion and survey research—changed her career trajectory. This class opened her eyes to the world of political science research, and led her to The University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her PhD.
Upon graduation from UMD, Dr. Cizmar joined the faculty at EKU where she teaches a number of classes, including Introduction to American Government, Congress, the Presidency, Voting Behavior, Campaigns and Elections, and more. Eventually she would like to develop a class on polling and survey research too, like the one she took at Akron so many years ago that impassioned her to spend her career studying political science. In her classes, she is known for being enthusiastic and engaging students through experiential learning. Class activities range from a trip to Washington, DC with the Congress class, a mock campaign simulation with the Campaigns & Elections class, and a collaborative research project with the Presidency class. Her intent is for students to apply the theories learned in class to real world politics and ultimately allow students to answer their own questions about politics.
Dr. Cizmar has certainly developed her own talents in answering questions. Her research interests range across American politics, covering Electoral College reform proposals, the effect of presidential rhetoric on campaigns, the formation of political views in Appalachia, and currently a project on whether the ethnicity of a surveyor, Hispanic in this case, affects the answers given by a survey respondent on ethnically sensitive questions, such as immigration.
Away from campus, Professor Cizmar loves to travel, having visited all 50 states and several other countries. She was also an aerobics instructor for nearly a decade before coming to EKU. She even presented at fitness conferences on better methods of teaching step aerobics. To this day, she can often be found in EKU’s gym.
Her advice to students is to be inquisitive and try new things. Many of the greatest experiences in her life have come from random opportunities she never planned for or knew existed. She believes that when an opportunity presents itself, it’s important to take advantage of it.
|POL 101||Intro to American Government||Internet Classes SITE||Fall 2017|
|POL 280||Research and Writing Political||TR 11:00am-12:15pm||Combs Building 116||Fall 2017|
|POL 342||The American Presidency||TR 9:30am-10:45am||Combs Building 116||Fall 2017|
|POL 765||Administrative Law||Internet Classes SITE||Fall 2017|