John Gonsler, the former police/corrections officer turned college professor is exactly 50% of Morningside’s criminal justice department.
Gonsler has been a Professor at Morningside for three semesters now. When searching for a job as a Professor, he narrowed his search to two schools, Morningside being one of them. Morningside was intriguing to him because a new criminal justice program was forming.
Professor Gonsler has been in the criminal justice field of work for most of his adult life, first as a police officer in Flint, Michigan, where he is originally from. “if the people don’t kill you, the water will,” Gonsler said about Flint.
Gonsler’s time as a police officer and later a corrections officer helped him realize that he did not want to do that for the rest of his life. Instead, he applied to Master’s programs and was accepted into one. For his Master’s he became penpals with the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Receiving five letters from him until he “pissed him off.”
Now that Professor Gonsler is settled into his new position at Morningside University, he has more time for some of his hobbies. He enjoys working out, walking his dog, hunting, “very unsuccessfully”, and playing music is his band.
Gonsler plays the guitar and the bass in his band. He has a love for music that he says was heavily influenced by the Beatles. Sporting a biker mustache paired with a button down shirt, jeans, white puma basketball shoes, and an extensive collection of tattoos, Gonsler is not the stereotypical musician.
When asked what they thought of Professor Gonsler one student said that he had interesting stories and was a master of keeping everyone interested. Although Professor Gonsler said he is quite shy, he does know how to hold a room.
interesting stories, kept everyone interested.