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Faculty Faculty

Bert Burraston

Assistant Professor Graduate Coordinator

  • Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Research Methods and Criminology


Angela Gilmore 

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Policy Analysis, School Safety & Violence, Research Methods, and Criminological Theory


Randolph Dupont


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Mental Health, Substance Abuse Issues and the Criminal Justice System, Community Psychology


C.T. Freeman


  • M.A., University of Memphis
  • FBI National Academy Graduate
  • Crime Scene Investigations, Forensic Science


David J. Giacopassi (retired)


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Law and Society, Substance Abuse, Gambling and Its Effects on Quality of Life


Amanda Johnson

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

  • Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
  • Organizational Theory, deviant subcultures, police issues, drug-related crime, and geographical criminology and profiling


James McCutcheon

Assistant Professor, CJSA Faculty Advisor

  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida
  • Lethal violence, drug markets, firearm availability, and crime mapping


George Megelsh

Lambuth Lecturer

  • M.A., Rider University


Melissa Tetzlaff-Bemiller

Lambuth Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Central Florida


Mary Tucker

Instructor/Coordinator, Undergraduate Advisor

  • J.D., Louisiana State University
  • Law and legal studies


K.B. Turner

Associate Professor Chair of the Department

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Crime and Punishment, Courts, Police Administration, Racial Profiling


Margaret Vandiver (retired)


  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • History of Crime and Punishment; Death Penalty; and Genocide


Stephen Watts

Assistant Professor, Co-CJSA Faculty Advisor

Ph.D. University of Georgia

Gene-Environment Interactions, Communities, Victimization, Substance Abuse



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