Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Faculty

Dr. Kristin Park

Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies

Ph.D., Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A. Certificate in Latin American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
B.A., Colgate University
Courses taught: Social Theory, Sociology Capstone I, Cultural Anthropology, Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Religion and Society, Social Class in America (Social Inequality), Introduction to a Liberal Arts Education

Current Scholarship: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning uses Bloom's taxonomy and Kolb's learning styles to inform course design, including in role plays that apply and evaluate social theory and cultural relativism. Also create workshops and teaching modules on internationalizing the curriculum.

Dr. Kristenne Robison

Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College
Courses taught: Principles of Sociology, Juvenile Delinquency, Sociology Capstone II, Criminology, Research Methods, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Disability

Current Scholarship: Incarcerated Women's Educational Experiences; Gender Policing of Women Athletes

Honors: Recipient, 2011 ASA/SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award


Jamie Chapman

Visiting Instructor


Ph.D. Candidate Akron Univeristy
M.A., Edinboro University of PA
B.A., Edinboro University of PA

Courses taught: Medical Sociology, Social Theory, Sociology of Mental Health, Social Psychology, Women’s Studies

Current Scholarship:  Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, and Mental Health

Dr. Shannon Smithey

Affiliated Faculty (Political Science)

Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.A., Ohio State University
B.S., Southern Methodist University
B.A., Southern Methodist University
Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies Courses Taught: Criminology, Research Methods for Social Science, Data Analysis for Social Science, Principles of Sociology

Current Scholarship: Research on the South African Constitutional Court and its effects on South Africa's post-apartheid transition to democracy

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow

Faculty Emerita of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Courses taught: Deviance, Minority-Majority Relations, Sociology of Gender, Gender and Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Theory

Current Scholarship: Writing a book, based on in depth interviews, on career choices and trajectories of female lawyers completing law school in 1975

Honors: 2011-12 Westminster Distinguished Faculty Award


Dr. Gary Lilly

Faculty Emeritus of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies

Ph.D., Kent State University
M.A., Kent State University
B.A., Westminster College
Courses taught: Introduction to a Liberal Arts Education, Principles of Sociology, Research Methods for Social Science, Sociology Capstone I and II, Sociology of Law, Medical Sociology, Social Change

Current Scholarship: Program Manager, Mercer County Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q). Conducts interviews and supervises students to do the same to evaluate health and safety standards of residences for individuals with disabilities