Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department Leadership Team

Dr. William Wells
      Department Chair

Dr. Danielle Boisvert
      Graduate Program Director

Dr. Lisa Muftic
      Undergraduate Program Director

Ms. Melissa Hicks
      Department Staff Manager

Welcome to one of the highest ranked Criminal Justice and Criminology programs in the nation! Our Department is a national leader in criminal justice and criminology research and education.

In March 2016 our faculty were recognized as the most productive researchers in the United States. We publish our research in the leading criminal justice and criminology journals that influence practice and science. We also collaborate closely with criminal justice system agencies and community organizations on projects that improve the administration of justice and improve the quality of life in communities.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including B.S. and B.A. in Criminal Justice, B.S. and B.A. in Victim Studies, M.S. in Criminal Justice, M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management, M.S. in Victim Services Management, and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. In early 2017 U.S. News and World Report ranked our on-line degree programs #1 in the United States.

Come study and collaborate with one of the leading groups of scholars in the United States. Our faculty have teaching and research expertise in victimology, criminology, policing, corrections, and legal issues.

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Department News, Spring 2018

  • This spring we welcome a new faculty member. Dr. Wyatt Brown is a Clinical Assistant Professor and will serve as the Program Coordinator for our top-ranked M.S. On-Line graduate degree program. Dr. Brown earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2016 and specializes in the study of inequalities relative to crime and punishment, and testing criminological theories.
  • Two tenure-track assistant professors joined our Department in the Fall semester:
    • Dr. Eric Connolly earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2014. Professor Connolly is a biosocial criminologist who studies antisocial behavior, development and life-course theories of crime, and gangs and gang-related behaviors.
    • Dr. Elisa Toman earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2017. Professor Toman’s expertise is in theories of punishment, trends in criminal sentencing, and inmates' experiences with the corrections system.
  • Dr. Brittany Hayes received the 2017 American Society of Criminology, Division of Victimology, Researcher of the Year Award.
  • Dr. Eryn O'Neal received the 2017 American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime, New Scholar Award.
  • Dr. Hayes and Dr. O'Neal won the 2017 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Paper Award and will be recognized at the 2018 ACJS conference in February. They co-authored a paper titled "The Effects of Individual- and National-Level Factors on Attitudes toward Child Maltreatment."
  • Dr. Ryan Randa received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his work with students and colleagues. He will be recognized at the 2018 ACJS conference in February.
  • Dr. Holly Miller's book about sexual crimes and offending is in press. Oxford University Press is publishing this important book that presents new research-based information about several misconceptions, myths, and unsubstantiated claims surrounding sexual offenders and their crimes. Be on the lookout for Sexual Offending: Research, Policy, and Practice.
  • Dr. Lisa Muftić received a grant from the Children's Justice Act and Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas. She and her research team are measuring the prevalence of crimes committed against children that are reported directly to law enforcement that are not Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) involved.
  • Since Fall 2011, the number of undergraduate Criminal Justice and Victim Studies Majors increased 22%.
  • 737 undergraduate students earned their degrees from our Department in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology faculty supervised 65 Honors Contracts for undergraduate students in the SHSU Honor's College.
  • Ph.D. Alumnus, Dr. Patrick Brady, received this year’s New Scholar Award from the Victimology Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • In the 2016-2017 academic year, faculty in the Department applied for external research funding in the amount of $1.42 million. The proposed research included studies on suicide prevention in jails, stress among correctional officers, police responses to domestic violence, and an evaluation of court-based a prostitution prevention program.

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