Travis Sky Ingersoll, PH.D., MSW, M.ED. - Social Work & Sexual Health Education/Consulting/Research
Testimonials

Professor of Undergraduate Social Work
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Dear Professor Ingersoll,
Earlier this semester we asked students enrolled in Honors courses to identify and describe outstanding faculty they have met while at West Chester University. I am writing to let you know that your name has appeared on our compiled list. Specifically, here is what students had to say:
 
"The passion Professor Ingersoll has for his subject is evident every time we come to class. He teaches with such a relaxed attitude and humor that really helps the students feel comfortable. You can definitely tell that he wants to make an impact on his students' ways of thinking and is genuine in what he says. The sincerity in his teaching inspires us to take an interest in the subject and become a more enlightened individuals."
 

"In an educational system where many teachers simply go through the motions of teaching, Dr. Travis Ingersoll genuinely cares about both the subject matter of his class and his students. He makes sure that we are prepared for the field that we are going to enter in a few short years by ensuring that we are fully informed about the issues we'll be facing. His compassion, quirky sense of humor, and personal anecdotes make the class fly by in a thoroughly enjoyable 50-minute period."
 

Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers*

- "Dr. Ingersoll has peaked my interest in human sexuality and I am now considering it as my concentration in grad-school." ~ Anonymous Student
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- "As the semester comes to an end and we are finishing up with our school work, I find myself thinking about all the information I have learned from this class. From the beginning to end, we were able to explore new topics in human sexuality that I had never thought about before. Facts and data were presented to us in a way that was easy to understand as well as useful and truthful to our daily lives. I know a great deal more about human sexuality now than ever, in the sense that it isn't just about the act of sex itself, but instead incorporates a vast definition of what sexuality is. I believe that this course has also boosted my confidence level in the sense that being sexual isn't a bad thing as I once thought in the past, and that it is a very natural and human instinct that everyone possesses." ~ Female Student
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- "I think Professor Ingersoll was an inspiring professor. He really got me to work hard and understand sexuality better. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone." ~ anonymous student
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- "This course has helped me to understand so many different things. For example, signs of abuse, the struggles of gay and lesbian couples and children, the importance of contraceptives and health safety." 
~ anonymous student
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- "He was very well organized between his power point slides and class activities. Each class had enough of hands-on activities and movement along with the note taking which was not overly abundant each class. We had a variety of activities each day that reinforced each concept and really made you think."  ~ anonymous student
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- "Professor Ingersoll was energetic and created hands-on work for the students. There was never a dull moment in the class. He kept the energy level up and gave clear explanations of topics."  ~ anonymous student
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- "He was able to provide real life examples and statistics about the information we were learning. He also had excellent powerpoints, pictures, in class projects, activities, and movies to provide us with to be sure we clearly understand the information."  ~ anonymous student
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- "I can not think of a single thing that would have made this class better. This has been by far the best class I have taken at Widener in my three years here and I would recommend this class to everyone."  ~ anonymous student


Race Relations Undergraduate Course
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"I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to take our course. The semester isn't even over and I know that I can say that I have learned a world of information that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. "Be the change you want to see in the world"---- That saying has never meant more to me, and because of you, other students wont feel the way the author of the article feels (referring to an article about a student feeling powerless against the rising tide of bigotry in our country)" - Anonymous Student
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"I liked how open professor Ingersoll was. He was not afraid to talk about topics that most people are afraid to. I learned so much from this class. It really opened my eyes to the issues that many people tend to 'sweep under the carpet.' I really enjoyed everything about this class! ~ Anonymous Student
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"I just want to thank you for everything and all the information I gained taking this course. This was by far the most interesting course I have taken in my college career." ~ Anonymous Student
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"I liked learning about other cultures and what they face. It really opened my eyes to how it needs to be fixed" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I liked that this course made me think about my personal views, and challenged any preconceived notions that I have always just accepted" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I like that this course makes you open your mind to different ways of viewing the world" ~ Anonymous Student
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"We were able to express ourselves and were able to be comfortable with others. We explored where people come from and how we are all connected" ~Anonymous Student
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"I think the instructor does an exceptional job the way he teaches this course. I really wouldn't change anything. He provided a safe, comfortable environment in which very sensitive topics can be discussed" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I have found this class to be both enlightening and challenging. It has definitely caused me to take a step back and examine myself and society as a whole" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I loved the atmosphere in this class! The professor and the students made you never want to miss a class. I was always interested in race and race relations, and this course was perfect and met and exceeded my expectations." ~ Anonymous Student
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"I love how we have discussions all the time. It's great to have the chance to speak my mind. This is the only class I have that you can really do that. It keeps my interest more when we're able to debate and ask questions. This class relates to real life and can be a good tool to use when you go out in the world." ~ Anonymous Student
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"This course is great because it forces students to not only talk about touchy topics such as racism, sexism, and homophobia, but also helps students really understand those issues and gives us ways to speak and act out to overcome them." ~ Anonymous Student
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"It was just awesome! Very interesting. Never a dull moment. Loved the topics and the way they are taught." ~ Anonymous Student
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"This class opened my eyes to racism and white privilege. It made me see the world differenly." ~ Anonymous Student
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"I liked how it was interactive and interesting. It was also very honest... gave us a chance to really think about our opinions." ~ Anonymous Student
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"I liked everything about this course... One of the best courses I've ever taken." ~ Anonymous Student
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Family Systems Undergraduate Course
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"Dr. Ingersoll is an amazing professor!! He sets the classroom up to make sure you/you're stories/opinions are in a safe zone. Assignments are always graded in a timely fashion. Taking this for my 'W' credit, wish he taught more classes! ~ Anonymous Student
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"Everything! I love that it's intimate in this classroom, it feels like everyone is a friend. All the group work and discussion along with the clips make the class fun. I absolutely think everyone would benefit from this class. Not to mention that Dr. Ingersoll is my absolute favorite professor in the department. I've taken 2 classes of his and I would honestly love to stay at West Chester just for his classes.
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"I like Dr. Ingersoll because he is very easy to work with. I think he presents things in a relatable manner and is very fair and approachable if/when difficulties arise." ~ Anonymous Student
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"I liked this course a lot because it related to my own life and honestly helped me feel more confident in my relationships with family, friends, and significant others." ~ Anonymous Student
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"I like that as my family is changing, I can realte to this course. Everyone has family/friends and learning about different bonds & communication styles helps. I also think this class is essential for social work students" ~ Anonymous Student
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"How we discuss all topics nothing is off the table. Dr. Ingersoll truly loves his job and it is a wonderful environment to be a part of. Absolutely love his class!" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I liked pretty much everything in this class. As a non-social work major, but as an exercise science major, I took it originally to fill a writing emphasis requirement, but ended up loving the class and took away valuable things from it." ~ Anyonymous Student
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"I really enjoy the small group & large group discussions. I like that I can share my experiences and I like being able to hear other's experiences. I also really enjoy the feedback on the papers - the comments are really useful!" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I like that Dr. Ingersoll makes the class feel as if they can say anything without any judgment" - Anonymous Student
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"I like how open the environment is in the classroom. I feel comfortable to talk with my classmates and professors about personal issues" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I really enjoyed how this class was taught. I enjoyed watching real life examples of what we were learning through video clips. I also thought the professor did an excellent job maintaining an atmosphere comfortable for discussions" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I love that we have so many discussions. I learn more when we hear about each others' experiences and get input" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I love the interactive group activities. I also love the atmosphere of this class which allows the students to freely express their opinions without fear of being judged" ~ Anonymous Student
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"I find it very interesting learning about family dynamics and how relationships are formed and carried out. I like how I can apply it to my own life, and can analyze my family using what I've learned" ~ Anonymous Student
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Presentation: Social Workers as Entrepreneurs
 
"I really enjoyed learning how social workers can become their own entrepreneurs and supporting causes they are most passionate about, rather than supporting causes for agencies that they work for" - Anonymous
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"Really creative activities!" - Anonymous
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"It was nice to have a training that is new and presents a different view than how social work is traditionally presented/viewed" - Anonmyous
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"Great Attitude. Great Advocate. Awesome!" - Anonymous
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"The presentation was engaging and inspiring!" - Anonymous
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"I really enjoyed Dr. Ingersoll's presentation. He always adds a personal pinch of magic" - Anonymous
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Presentation: Is it Time to Go Back in the Closet?
 
- "Wonderful energy and respect for participants. Thank you!"
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- "Great presentation - handled the time shortage well - loved the case  
    study!" ~ W. Pawlowski
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- "A great talk - I learned a lot!" ~ anonymous
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