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 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked our on-line M.S. Criminal Justice degree program #3 nationally.

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, Summer 2016

  • Last year, the Department received over $1.8 million dollars of grant funding.
  • Two new tenure-track assistant professors will be joining the Department in August 2016:
    • Mr. Daniel Butler from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Daniel is engaged in cutting edge research related to administrative segregation and institutional and community corrections.
    • Dr. Eryn O'Neal from Arizona State University. Eryn's research interests include intimate partner sexual assault, arrest and charging decisions in sexual assault and intimate partner cases, and post-structural approaches in feminist theory.
  • SHSU honored Dr. Larry Hoover with the title of Distinguished Professor. He is only the third faculty member from the College of Criminal Justice to receive this designation.
  • Dr. Michael Vaughn was awarded the 2016 ACJS Academy Fellow Award.
  • Dr. Lisa Muftić won the 2015 Faculty Researcher of the Year award from ASC's Division of Victimology.
  • Dr. Ryan Randa was appointed co-Editor of the Journal of School Violence.
  • Dr. Melinda Tasca was elected to the Executive Board of ASC's Division of Corrections and Sentencing.
  • Nicole Niebuhr, a 2nd year Ph.D. student, won the 2016 ACJS Corrections Section's Dr. Kelly Cheeseman Student Paper Award.
  • Alicia Jurek, a 2nd year Ph.D. student, was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper by the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.
  • Many of our Ph.D. graduates are also landing great jobs. Since 2010, six graduates of our Ph.D. program accepted jobs in Criminal Justice and/or Criminology departments that also offer a Ph.D.

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