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After 30 years, Mastboom retires from CLASS, history

By Matt Poshedley  

After 30 years of service, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science Associate Dean of Curriculum Joyce Mastboom, is set to retire from Cleveland State University.

Mastboom began her career at Cleveland State in 1988, as an instructor in the history department.

Moving up the ranks to associate professor in 1996.

Mastboom served as chair of the history department from 2002 to 2009 and director of liberal studies program from 2009 to 2011.

For the past seven years, she has been the associate dean of curriculum in the college of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Although her career at Cleveland State has been impressive, Mastboom said she feels it’s the right time to retire.

“I think it’s really great to have new people come in,” Mastboom said.

“I’ve done this job for seven years, and it’s good to have fresh blood. At some point after 30 years, you feel like you’ve given everything you have."

Mastboom’s official retirement is June 30, and she is planning to celebrate.

“I’m off to Europe for two months,” Mastboom said. “I’m Dutch and I have so many relatives there.”

Throughout her tenure Mastboom has created a lot of memories, friends and moments.

“The best things were the trips I took students on to Europe,” Mastboom said.

“It was a great experience: the students were always wonderful, and I still occasionally get an e-mail telling me it was the best thing they’ve ever done.”

Mastboom has not only impacted the lives of her students, but her colleagues as well.

“Joyce has one of the many crucial thankless jobs at Cleveland State, but one she does with clear reason and a sharp sense of humor,” said Gary Pettey, director of the School of Communications.

“She successfully guided her large and complex department into a highly effective, well-functioning campus unit,” explained Gregory Sadlek, dean of CLASS.

“Under her leadership, the liberal studies program grew and prospered. As dean, I have often benefited from her critical insights and wise advice, and the college is much better because of her service. We will miss her very much."

"It has been such a great privilege to have a career as an academic," Mastboom said.

"I'd like to thank the history department, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and of course, the students at Cleveland State University."


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