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, Fall 2017

  • Two tenure-track assistant professors joined our Department this 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. Daniel Butler received the College of Criminal Justice Award for Excellence in Teaching for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Dr. Cortney Franklin was appointed Director of the Crime Victims Institute (CVI) at SHSU and Dr. Brittany Hayes was appointed to serve as Assistant Director of CVI
  • Dr. Erin Orrick was appointed Director of Research for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at SHSU.
  • Dr. Mike Vaughn is collaborating with undergraduate students who will deliver research presentations at the Southwest Criminal Justice Association conference in Fort Worth.
  • Dr. Brandy Blasko served as a mentor to Criminal Justice student Cristal Hernandez, who is a McNair Scholar at SHSU. Ms. Hernandez will present her research at SHSU on September 21.
  • 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.
  • 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. Lisa Muftić and a team of graduate students are conducting a study to measure 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. The project is being funded through grants from the Children’s Justice Act and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.
  • With funding from the National Institute of Justice, Dr. Yan Zhang presented research findings at the 2017 International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) conference. She also presented research findings at the 2016 IACA conference.
  • Ph.D. Alumnus, Dr. Kelly Damphousse, was recently appointed to the position of Chancellor of the Arkansas State University 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.

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