I am in my seventh year at Westminster College currently in the role of Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies.
I have a B.A. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University (formerly Baldwin-Wallace College), a M.A. in Education from The Ohio State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University.
My current research focuses on innovations in prisons. I am collaborating with The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Our current project is trying to better understand how The Hope Channel, a resident generated television station in prisons in northeast Ohio, inspires hope in incarcerated men and women.
I integrate experiential learning into my courses. Students in my Criminal Justice Studies courses go on ride-alongs with police officers, tutor at-risk youth, and take courses along side incarcerated individuals. I typically teach Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, Corrections, The Police, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Gender, Research Methods, and Capstone. I recently had the opportuntity to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has sparked my interests in Comparative Criminal Justice.
Out of the classroom you might find me running, traveling, listening to '80's music, talking about Star Wars, or officiating track meets.