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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  The Department is Hiring
Two Full-Time Faculty

Department News, Summer 2017

  • Two tenure-track assistant professors will join our Department in August:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Daniel Butler received the College of Criminal Justice Award for Excellence in Teaching for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Dr. William King was elected to the position of Executive Counselor in the Division of Policing of the American Society of Criminology.
  • Dr. Melinda Tasca, Dr. Daniel Butler, and a team of graduate students is studying correctional officer stress in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This is part of a multi-state study led by Arizona State University and funded by the National Institute of Justice.
  • Dr. Lisa Muftić served as guest editor for a special edition of Criminal Justice Review (Vol. 42, June 2017) that featured articles on the victimization of special populations.
  • Dr. Ling Ren and Doctoral Student Joshua Shadwick are collaborating with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on a project to better understand prescription drug-related problems in Montgomery County.
  • Dr. Patrick Brady, who earned his Ph.D. from our Department in spring 2017, will launch a longitudinal study of Texas police chief stress and burnout this summer.
  • Dr. Ashley Boillot-Fansher, who earned her Ph.D. from our Department in spring 2017, won SHSU’s Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Fellow Award.

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