College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
I hold my Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, my M.A. in Sociology (with a criminology concentration) from Western Michigan University and a B.S. in criminal justice from SUNY College at Brockport. I have been teaching in higher education for over nineteen (19) years now and I truly enjoy what I do.
I also have been involved with a number of research projects that examine various aspects of the criminal justice field. For example, I just finished working on a grant from the Department of Justice that explored the effectiveness of a faith based mentoring program for women returning home after being incarcerated. In my community, I have served as a Public Safety Commission member for the City of Westbrook (Maine) in the past where I was able to oversee the hiring and promotion processes of the police and fire departments. Last summer, I worked on a community based survey for the Westbrook (ME) Police Department to assess the public perception of the police and public concerns among community members. In addition, I recently completed an essay on the juvenile death penalty that will be published in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. Last summer, I was busy working with the Maine Department of Corrections on a reentry project.
My personal interests include hiking with my trusted K9 Sir Winston (see attached photo), playing basketball, running/exercising, playing poker, and spending time with family & friends.