Criminal Justice


Where are they now?   UofL Criminal Justice graduated their first Doctoral Students in 2015. Since that time 14 have been granted Ph.D.'s from this University program. The following list has the graduates name and which university they now serve.

2015 Graduates -  David Connor, Seattle University, Assistant Professor ;  Andrew Denney, Loyola University, Assistant Professor;  Dustin Osborne, East Tennessee State, Assistant Professor;  Brian Schaefer, Indiana State University, Assistant Professor;  Ben Stickle, Middle Tennessee University, Assistant Professor;  Anthony Vito, West Georgia University, Assistant Professor.

2016 Graduates -  Molly Block, Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana, Assistant Professor;  Allen Copenhaver, Lindsey Wilson, Assistant Professor;  Leah Shon, Lakehead University in Canada, Part-time Lecturer.

2017 Graduates -  John Navarro, University of Wisconsin - Parkside, Assistant Professor (August 2018);  Jason Nicholson, West Georgia University, Assistant Professor;  M. Angela Schwendau, Lindsey Wilson, Assistant Professor;  Heather Tolle, University of Colorado State, Assistant Professor;  Ashley T. French, Columbia Southern University, Lead Faculty.

2018 Graduates -   Ethan Higgins, UNC Wilmington, Assistant Professor (August 2018).

Pretty impressive list of graduates and universities. #L1C4


SPI AOC and CJ MS logoCome for the AOC, Stay for the College Degree!

Enrollment in and graduation from the Administrative Officer’s Course (AOC) in the Southern Police Institute and then enrolling in the Masters’ Degree On-Line Program in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville meets the following description of the model of police education recommended by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (2015, p. 55):

The U.S. Department of Justice should develop, with institutions of higher education, a national post-graduate institute of policing for senior executives with a standardized curriculum preparing them to lead agencies in the 21st century.

With the combination of our programs at the University of Louisville, this recommendation has been met.

We have an active and exciting program within the Department of Criminal Justice, in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville. We pride ourselves in offering high quality educational programs. Our faculty have degrees from some of the best institutions of higher education in the United States and are all actively involved in research and service that addresses critical issues in criminal justice and public safety. The Southern Police Institute is a division within the Department. The faculty and staff  stand ready to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to attain your educational and professional goals.

CRiminal Justice

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Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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