10 questions with Rudi Kauffman

photo of RudiWhat do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I love the students. It is always fun to work with a group that has very different goals and very different understandings of what justice-broadly and criminal justice-specifically, actually means. Some want to be lawyers or judges, others federal law enforcement agents, some are interested in corrections or small town policing. It makes for interesting classes and a wonderfully exciting job.

What age were you when you first discovered that you wanted to be a teacher?
I was in my mid twenties before I really got into teaching.

What is your favorite subject to teach?
I love restorative justice and international relations and anything that touches on the intersection of security and justice. These topics are just inherently interesting to people. We want to know how we can be safe and most of us care a great deal about questions of justice and injustice.

Where is your favorite place/season/event on campus?
I love the beginning of the school year when you can get into pickup basketball, football or Frisbee games with students. There are new people and you have all the potential of a fresh school year ahead of you.

Where have been your favorite teachers?
Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Katherine Ramsey and history teacher Mark Barlow

What do you do in your free time?
Spend time with my family. I have two little girls and a wife that is absolutely spectacular. I can't think of anything I'd rather do than spend a day just messing around at the library, the local pool or having a picnic at the park.

What was the first job that you ever had?
My brother and I ran a yard service. It began when I was 9 and he was 11. It grew to be about 8-10 yards including mowing and raking leaves.

Where in the world would you like to travel?
Australia first and then probably Greenland.

What kind of activities did you participate in when you were in college?
I was on the longest losing intramural basketball team in the history of Eastern Mennonite University. (no wins in four seasons) I also played other intramural sports. Some of my best memories were of overnight trips to DC where we'd sleep on the streets and of playing in student bands.

What is on your 'bucket list'?
I've met my bucket list. All of the rest of this is just icing on the cake.