Criminal Justice Faculty

CJ Faculty Page

Department Chair:

 Thomas W. Hughes, J.D.University of Dayton, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Associate Professor: Policing, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law








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


Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Ph.D.Virginia Commonwealth University 
Associate Dean, A&S Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Director, Social Change



Elizabeth L. Grossi, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor: Corrections and Criminology, International Service Learning




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: Policing: Investigations, Decision-Making, Training, Responses to Victims




      Barry Denton

      Barry Denton Ed.D, Spaulding University 
      Assistant Professor: Criminal Justice, Terrorism and Homeland Security


      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:

                       Joseph S. Grant, Ph.D., University of Louisville
                      Director of Undergraduate Studies
                      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



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



                      Part-Time Lecturers:

                        Harry E. Allen Ph.D., The Ohio 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

                            Bruce Ponder 
                            Part-Time Lecturer

                            Cassandra Rausch, Ph.D., University of Louisville
                            Part-Time Lecturer: Death Investigation

                            George Richards, Ph.D. CPP, University of Akron
                            Part-Time Lecturer: Occult Crime, Emergency Mgmt., Homeland Security