Introduction: “Getting To Know Me….” Prof Justine Pawlukewicz

2013-09-07 20.27.50 Hi Everyone,

A little about me/introduction:

I’ve been at CityTech since 1997. I started as an adjunct. Simultaneously I supervised an addictions outpatient clinic. In 2001 I finished my doctorate, in social work, and the following year I became a full time professor in the Human Services Dept. So, here I am to stay until I retire, which may be never since I am the type of person that needs to be doing something. Not that I can’t relax and chill, but I like to keep my lifestyle diverse.

I was born in Newark, NJ., but was raised in Perth Amboy, NJ. I now live in Bayonne (near the Statue of Liberty). So, I’ve grown up in urban areas all my life. I happen to be a “Jersey Girl’ from a working class family. I’ve learned to make sure to check out the Dollar Store and Shoprite Can Can Sale. (LOL)

I do like to travel, when I can, and I’ve had some nice experiences: Five weeks in Costa Rica with a family that did not know English; Poland-where my grandparents came from-to Ellis Island, Uk, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, PR, Canada, plenty of islands. My favorite places to return to are St. John’s, in the Caribbean, and Paris. Put them on your ‘Bucket List.”

I hate to exercise, but force myself to bike ride and walk. In Costa Rica I hiked and then jumped off a cliff into a waterfall-NEAT! I felt excited and scared at the same time. When I was younger I water skied, water rafted, canoed, went tubing, camping, zip lining….I’m usually willing to do most things, since I am extroverted.  I’m also Type A personality….meaning I’m organized, dependable, have a good work ethic, need things in order, etc.

I view my social work identity seriously. I try to live what I teach students and clients alike. I feel lucky to be in a profession that asks/requires me to work on myself in terms of always trying to take the ‘high-road.’  For this type of self-awareness opportunity I am blessed.

All the best to you and yours,

Dr. Justine Pawlukewicz (Pav-lou-kev-itch)