Addrain Conyers

Dr. Addrain Conyers is a criminal justice professor who has been with Marist since 2012. He teaches Criminology, Theories of Punishment, Race and Crime, Corrections, and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

What generated your interest in Criminology? How can Marist students benefit from learning more about it themselves?
My background in sociology and psychology guided me to the field of Criminology. Marist students will gain a better understanding of criminal behavior by learning more about criminology. Their understanding will reach far beyond the media depictions from the news and their favorite crime shows.

How did you get involved with teaching at Marist? What do you love the most about teaching here?
I was hired to teach, research, and provide service. My favorite part is learning from the students. I believe teaching is a symbiotic relationship where the professors and the students both learn in the classroom. It is not necessarily that the students are teaching me the content, but they can help me realize my pedagogy is maybe flawed. Or they can help me improve a lesson.

What are your favorite kinds of students to teach?
I don’t have a favorite type of student. My favorite classroom is a balanced classroom with different perspectives. Those classrooms push the students to challenge each other.

What kind of events, panels, and discussions have you been involved with at Marist? Why were these important to you?
I have been involved in criminal justice, psychology, and race relation panels including last year's visit by Dr. Cornel West as part of the Autumn Academic Lecture Series.These events are important because they show that the content in the classroom extends to the real world.

What is your favorite part about teaching at Marist?
My favorite thing about teaching at Marist is the classroom atmosphere. I feel it is very conducive to learning. The classroom, in my experience, has been a safe zone to discuss controversial issues on topics related to causes of crime, theories of punishment, juvenile delinquency, and race relations.

Why should a student take an interest in Criminal Justice? How do you connect the topic to real-world issues?
Students should take an interest in criminal justice because it is the real world. It surrounds us in everything we do. It is our laws, policies, video games, driving (when speeding), and help (when needed). It influences everything we do.

What is your favorite classroom moment or something that you're exceptionally proud of from a teaching perspective?
My favorite classroom moments are the “aha” moments. That moment when the light bulb goes on and they “get it.” Most recently it happened in my race and crime class where I was deconstructing the racial implications/meanings of King Kong and the white female. A white male student said, “I’ve always heard of the meaning, but I didn’t see it until now,” as he looked up at the picture with a deeper understanding.

What is one thing about yourself that you would like a prospective student to know?
I don’t want them to know anything! I like the element of mystery. If anything, I want them to know that I am a very passionate teacher.

What is something that you hope your students take away from their time working with and learning from you?
I hope they take the lessons into the real world. I want them to remember the knowledge more than the grade they received. 

Written by Adriana Belmonte '17

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Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
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