Dr. Rik Newtson
Dr. Rik Newtson
Position: Professor / Assistant Department Chair
Office: Faculty Office Building 327
Ph.D. in Sociology (Family, Life Course, Aging, and Social Psychology) from Iowa State University
Dr. Rik Newtson, Professor of Sociology, earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Sociology (Aging and Organizational Systems) from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology (Family, Life Course, Aging, and Social Psychology) from Iowa State University. Prior to coming to Columbus, Dr. Newtson held a one year sabbatical replacement position in Eastern Oregon and then spent two years teaching graduate sociology and social work courses at the National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine.
Aside from having lived and taught in the former Soviet Union for two years, Dr. Newtson has traveled extensively throughout Eastern, Central, and Western Europe delivering guest lectures and participating in higher education reform initiatives and program development.
Dr. Newtson teaches a wide-range of classes including Social Research Methods, Social Statistics, Sociology of Deviance, Social Psychology, Domestic Abuse, Family and Society, Violence and Society, and Occupations and Professions. Dr. Newtson also teaches Perspectives on the Holocaust. Using material from history, social psychology, and studies on deviance, Perspectives on the Holocaust attempts to answer questions about what happened and why it happened. The course provides facts to counter revisionists and Holocaust deniers, many of whom are found among the ranks of hate-groups (e.g., White Supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK, Aryan Nation, etc.), while also exposing students to the mechanics of hate and intolerance.
Dr. Newtson is a member of the Georgia Sociological Association, and a contributing member of Historic Westville, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center