Faculty and Staff

Laying the foundation for excellence

The faculty members in the criminology program are experts in numerous areas of the criminal justice field, from gang research to prisoner re-entry to crime prevention. Our faculty pairs their diverse interests with a dedication to teaching, advising, research and community service to deliver an excellent criminology education.

As a student, you benefit from the knowledge and experience of our faculty through academic courses, research experiences and involvement in student organizations. Our faculty is committed to preparing you to seek knowledge about and find solutions to the issue of crime.

Dr. Brett E. Garland

Dr. Brett E. Garland

Department Head
Criminal Investigation and Terrorism and National Security Undergrad Certificates Coordinator

Teaching: Applied Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections; Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System; Offender Thinking and Decision Making

Dr. Ethan Amidon

Teaching: Applied Research in Criminal Justice; Capital Punishment; Contemporary Issues in Community Corrections; Correctional Theory and Practice; Criminology; Research Methods

Dr. Patrick R. Gartin

Teaching: Current Issues in Policing; Drugs in Society; Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System; Serial Killers

Dr. Aida Y. Hass

Teaching: Criminal Psychology; Criminal Typologies; Criminology; Media, Movies and Crime; Victimology

Diane M. Leamy

Teaching: Crime Prevention; Current Issues in Corrections; Institutional and Community-Based Corrections; Internship in Criminology

Paula K. Rector

Teaching: Difference and Diversity in Criminology; Family Violence; Juvenile Justice; Women in Criminal Justice

Dr. Patti Ross Salinas

Teaching: Criminal Law and Courts; Criminal Procedure; Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

Caryn E. Saxon

Teaching: Difference and Diversity in Criminology; Criminology; Inmates Voices; Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System; Research Methods; Restorative Justice

Dr. Michael Suttmoeller

Dr. Michael Suttmoeller

Associate Professor
Homeland Security and Defense Graduate Certificate Coordinator

Teaching: Conservation Law Enforcement; Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security; Fundamentals of Terrorism; Law Enforcement and Community; Leadership and Management in Criminal Justice

Christy L. Titus

Christy L. Titus

Academic Administrative Assistant II

Ivy V. Yarckow-Brown

Teaching: Criminology; Homicide; Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System; Seminar on Violence; Serial Killers; Sex Crimes; Victimless Crime