Criminal Justice Faculty

CJ Faculty Page

Department Chair:

Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Ph.D.Virginia Commonwealth University 

Associate Professor: Public Policy & Administration, Restorative Justice




jpeg of George HigginsGeorge E. Higgins Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professor: Criminological Theory Testing, Advanced Quantitative Methods, Cybercrime




jpeg of DGK in AustraliaDeborah G. Keeling, Ph.D., Purdue University

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, College of A&S

ProfessorCorrections, Program Evaluation, International Policing


jpeg of Dr VitoGennaro F. Vito, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Professor:  CJ Leadership, Capital Punishment

Associate Professors:

Viviana Andreescu, Ph.D., University of Louisville

Associate Professor: Criminological Theory, Women & Crime, International Persp. on Violence


Elizabeth L. Grossi, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor: Corrections and Criminology, International Service Learning



jpeg of Tad HughesThomas W. Hughes, J.D., University of Dayton, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Associate Professor: Policing, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law

Kristin Swartz, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Vice Chair - Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor: Communities & Crime, Effectiveness of Correctional Intervention, Correctional Staff Issues & School Crime


Assistant Professors:

Bradley Campbell, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University

Assistant Professor: Police Investigations, Eyewitness Identification Procedure & Police Body-Worn Cameras



      Ben FisherBenjamin W. Fisher, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

      Assistant Professor: School Safety & Security Measures, Exclusionary Discipline, School Climate, Perception of School Safety & Inequality




              Michael LosavioMichael M. Losavio, J.D., Louisiana State University

              Assistant Professor: Criminal Procedure, Law & Computer Forensics




              jpeg of Heather OuelletteHeather Ouellette, Ph.D.University of South Carolina

              Assistant Professor: Institutional and Community Corrections, Offender Assessment & Management




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                  Angela J. Thielo, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

                  Assistant Professor: Effective Corrections, Juvenile Justice

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                   Alex O. Widdowson, Ph.D., Florida State University

                  Assistant Professor: Criminal & Delinquent Behavior, Criminology, Capital Punishment



                      Adjunct Faculty:

                      Kathy A. Eigelbach, M.S., Eastern Kentucky University

                      Adjunct Faculty: Internship/Practicum Coordinator, Crime Prevention, Career Development




                      Joseph S. Grant, Ph.D., University of Louisville

                      Adjunct Faculty: Law Enforcement, Cultural Intelligence, Conflict Management


                      Theresa C. Hayden, Ph.D., University of Louisville

                      Adjunct Faculty: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology, Human Trafficking




                      Photo of SPI Director Cindy ShainCynthia Shain, M.S., Eastern Kentucky University

                      Director: Southern Police Institute

                      Adjunct Faculty: Law Enforcement & Leadership 

                      Faculty Emeritus:


                      J. Price Foster Ph.D., Florida State University

                      Professor Emeritus




                        Ronald M. Holmes Ed.D., Indiana University.

                         Professor Emeritus




                        Dr. Bill WalshWilliam F. Walsh Ph.D., Fordham University.

                         Professor Emeritus



                        Part-Time Lecturers:

                          Harry E. Allen Ph.D., Sam Houston State University

                          Part-Time Lecturer: Corrections,  Ethics, White Collar Crime




                           Charles BakerCharles D. Baker Ed. D., Arizona State University

                          Part-Time Lecturer: Law Enforcement, Serial Murder, Criminalistics




                          Terry EdwardsTerry D. Edwards, J.D.University of Louisville

                          Part-Time Lecturer: Criminal Law & Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law




                              John Gregory, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

                              Part-Time Lecturer: Law Enforcement


                              Joe Gutmann, J.D., University of Louisville

                              Part-Time Lecturer: Criminal Law & Evidence, Criminal Procedure


                              Wesley Jennings, Ph.D., University of Florida

                              Part-Time Lecturer: Sex Crimes, Gender Race/Ethnicity, Gangs


                              George Richards, Ph.D. CPP, University of Akron

                              Part-Time Lecturer: Occult Crime, Emergency Mgmt., Homeland Security


                              Geetha Suresh, Ph.D., University of Louisville

                              Part-Time Lecturer: Quantitative Analysis & Crime Mapping


                              Mark Wettle, J.D., University of Kentucky

                              Part-Time Lecturer: Criminal Law