Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Politics and History
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.P.A., Northern Kentucky University
B.A., Hiram College, Political Science
Professor Biroshak shares his deep passion and knowledge of political science with his students inspiring them to think critically, whether looking at life in the U.S. or abroad. He recently returned from a service-learning trip with students to Costa Rica to study Coffee. Bananas and Social Responsibility. Students were challenged to study the culture and economy before leaving, then to analyze and compare upon return. Most changed their assumptions.
“I bring a fairly neutral perspective to politics that I think students enjoy because it does not pressure them into feeling that they need to agree with me on one side or the other. This then allows the student to research, discover facts, and formulate their own opinion.”
Before coming to Mount Ida in 2014, Biroshak served as a Taft Dissertation Research fellow at the University of Cincinnati, the Chair of Political Science Department at Thiel College, and a New Directions fellow for Curriculum Development at Thiel College. He carefully charts political developments in current events and uses them to inform his teaching. He predicted accurately, “The race for the 2016 Presidency is going to be exciting, polarizing and very interesting.” Secondly, “the continuing debate and practice of federalism; the struggle between states and the national government for sovereignty is fascinating.”
He says that the most rewarding part of teaching at Mount Ida is “providing a classroom environment that fosters critical thinking and logical reasoning regarding political issues so that students can formulate their own opinions in a proper fashion and not simply repeat the latest spin.”
Professor Biroshak teaches Political Behavior, American Government and Politics, State and Local Politics, Truth and Propaganda, and Public Administration.
Political issues are problems in need of solutions, not ideological positions in need of affirmation.