Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department Leadership Team

Dr. William Wells
      Department Chair

Dr. Danielle Boisvert
      Assistant Department Chair and Graduate Program Director

Dr. Eric Connolly
      Undergraduate Program Director

Ms. Melissa Hicks
      Department Staff Manager

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is a national leader in criminal justice and criminology research and education.

Our Department offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs and each one helps prepare students for the jobs they will begin immediately after graduation and for long-term success. Students gain valuable experiences outside of the classroom through our many student organizations, our exceptional internship opportunities, and opportunities to collaborate with faculty. Our on-line graduate degree programs are rigorous and serve a diverse audience of current and future criminal justice practitioners. In 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 2018

  • Two new faculty members joined our Department this semester:
    • Dr. Andia Azimi earned her PH.D. from Georgia State University in 2018. Professor Azimi's expertise is in sexual victimization, child maltreatment, and consequences of experiencing victimization.
    • Dr. Jason Ingram earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2010. Professor Ingram's research interests include police culture, use of force policy and practice, and police supervision.
  • Dr. Solomon Zhao is the recipient of the SHSU 2018 Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments. This is the highest research distinction awarded by SHSU.
  • Dr. Eric Connolly, undergraduate students Makayla Mason and Camille Ingham, and doctoral student Xinting Wang will travel to Hangzhou, China this fall to collect survey data about Chinese police cadets ' knowledge of domestic violence.  Dr. Connolly and Dr. Brittany Hayes are leading this research effort.
  • Dr. Danielle Boisvert and Dr. Elisa Toman are part of the first cohort of faculty at SHSU to complete a national credential program on effective teaching practices. The credential program is offered through the Association of College and University Educators and SHSU is the first university in Texas to join this ACUE credentialing effort.
  • Dr. Mitch Roth's latest book, Fire in the Big House: The Forgotten Story of the Ohio Penitentiary Fire of 1930, America's Deadliest Prison Disaster and Its Aftermath, is in press and will be published by Ohio University Press. Fire in the Big House, with the fire as its centerpiece, explores the lives of convicts, corrections officers and the warden, the rise of the Big House prison, political patronage, prison violence, as well as penal history and reform in Ohio and America.
  • Dr. Brittany Hayes and Dr. Eryn O'Neal won the 2017 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Paper Award and were recognized at the 2018 ACJS conference. They co-authored a paper titled "The Effects of Individual- and National-Level Factors on Attitudes toward Child Maltreatment," which has been accepted for publication in Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • 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.
  • Our Department serves approximately 3,000 Criminal Justice and Victims Studies undergraduate majors and each semester our course enrollments top 6,000.
    • Between Fall 2011 and Spring 2018, the number of undergraduate Criminal Justice and Victim Studies Majors increased 22%.
    • Compared to Fall 2017, student enrollments in our course sections in Fall 2018 grew by 5%.
  • Graduate student news:
    • Doctoral student Layne Dittman received the SHSU Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in the spring 2018 semester.
    • Doctoral student Ethan Marshall was runner-up in the spring 2018 SHSU 3-Minutes Thesis competition.
    • The following Ph.D. graduates will begin faculty appointments in Fall 2018:
      • Maisha Cooper (University of North Carolina - Charlotte)
      • Jia Di (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
      • Rick Lewis (University of Arkansas Little Rock)
      • Kallee McCullough (California State University Bakersfield)
      • Meghan Mitchell (University of Central Florida)
      • Jun Wu (Angelo State University)

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