Roberta Steinbacher is a long-time faculty member in the Urban College at Cleveland State University and was actually instrumental in establishing the college in the mid-1970s. Originally from eastern Kansas, Steinbacher attended Creighton University where she received her bachelor's degree and later earned her master's and PhD from St. Louis University. When Steinbacher first started at Cleveland State Urban Studies was an institute and in the interview she describes the process that took place to establish the Urban College. Having been on the faculty at Cleveland State since 1969, excluding a five year leave of absence to serve in Governor Celeste's cabinet in Columbus, Steinbacher chronicles most of the university's first fifty years. Of particular interest is her discussion of the circumstances surrounding the move from and institute to college and the detailed descriptions people she has worked during her time at Cleveland State.


Steinbacher, Roberta (interviewee)


Wickens, Joe (interviewer)


CSU at 50



Document Type

Oral History


59 minutes

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