Jon Gorgosz | History | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jon Gorgosz

Ph.D. 2018

Andrew Barbero

Jon Gorgosz is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at DeVry University. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Studies along with a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2018. Dr. Gorgosz lives in the Chicago area, and he primarily teaches History, Political Science and Ethics courses. Since 2019, he has taught classes at the DeVry University’s Advantage Academy (DUAA), a dual-enrollment program in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He is the subject-matter-expert (SME) for DeVry University’s Liberal Arts Capstone course and develops courses in History, Humanities, and Diversity. He is also a facilitator for the university’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) faculty training.

His research focuses on the intersections of higher education policy and gender in the twentieth century. He has published several articles focusing on college student culture following the Second World War and the gendered outcomes related to higher education policy during the New Deal. He recently published articles in the American Educational History Journal (AEHJ), the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (HJM), and the DeVry Journal of Scholarly Research (DJOSR). He also completed a chapter focusing on effective asynchronous instruction for remote learning in a forthcoming book, Virtual Teachings in the Time of Covid: Lessons Learned.

“The faculty at SIU challenged me to consider opposing viewpoints, be a aware of my intellectual/personal biases, and approach my career and scholarship from a place of open inquiry. In my courses, faculty challenged me to analyze, synthesize, and develop new historical interpretations, which has helped me excel in my academic career.

My graduate studies also allowed me to develop my professional presence. I learned to communicate effectively by challenging ideas in a constructive manner, considering opposing viewpoints, and always being open to new ideas. Those skills are critical to not only my role as a professor in the classroom but also as a colleague working on numerous initiatives and committees.

Most importantly, I found mentors in the History Department at SIU that supported me throughout my studies. From writing multiple letters of recommendation to identifying grants and fellowships to apply for, the level of support has been critical to my career. These relationships are still strong to this day, and I communicate regularly with faculty members and fellow classmates.”