Tartan Spotlight: Joe Czupryn

Joe Czupryn is a math professor at Sinclair Community College. He is known for his great teaching methods and effective lectures, according to RateMyProfessor.com. Current and former students can attest to the fact that Czupryn really cares about his students. For Czupryn, teaching has always seemed to be in his future.

“I always wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, and as I got older, I decided that I would prefer math to be my subject of choice,” Czupryn said. “When I was growing up, seeing the effect that certain teachers had on myself and other students inspired me to pursue the profession. The interactions you get to have on a daily basis are something you do not get in any other profession.”

Czupryn enjoys being a professor at Sinclair. He explains, “One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to have such genuine interactions with students each and every day.”

In fact, this is also one of the most significant aspects of his teaching methods. 

“I think the most important thing about teaching is being there for your students and communicating with them effectively,” Czupryn said. “If you cannot understand where they are coming from and present yourself in such a way that makes you approachable, I don’t think you can be a successful teacher.”

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He began his journey in higher education at Wright State University.

“I am a three-time Wright State University graduate – BS in Mathematics, MEd in Mathematics Education, and MS in Mathematics,” Czupryn said.

For most people, attending college is a lot of work and takes quite a bit of motivation, and Czupryn’s have always been clear. 

“Knowing that after I was done that I would be able to pursue my career of choice was always my motivating factor and kept me diligent,” said Czupryn.

Another aspect of college is not only the social scene students must adapt to, but also the people that they will be working with. The better the community fostered, the more support is around them, and it offers students more chances to succeed. Kindness and respect are vital for this. 

“From a professor and student perspective, it is important for everyone to treat each other with respect and kindness because we are all one big community and need each other to be able to be well rounded and successful people,” Czupryn said.

While it can be extremely difficult to juggle all of life’s responsibilities, especially when you are in college, finding time to have fun is always important.

“I am a big NFL fan (Go Pack Go!) and play quite a bit of fantasy football,” Czupryn said. “I also play video games and am a comic book nerd. While work can be busy, you manage to always find time for the things that you enjoy doing outside of work.”

“My biggest piece of advice for students would be to be aware of how available your professors actually are for you and attend their office hours if you have questions about anything,” Czupryn said. “It always disheartens me to hear students feel like they are bothering me or someone else if they come into office hours. I promise that is what they are for, and we would love to have you come in and ask questions or chat!”

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