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Professional Activities

Teaching

2008 W. Russell Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis.
Nominated for 2006-07 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award .
Nominated for 2005-06 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award .

Summary of Student Evaluations of Teaching

Courses taught since Fall 2007
Response Key Strongly Disagree=1 Disagree=2 Neither=3 Agree=4 Strongly Agree=5

Course No.

Title

Semester

Student More Competent

Test Method

Instructor Enthusiasm

Effective Teacher

Course Organization

Dept.

Means

CJUS 7100

CJ Administration

Fall

2008

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Spring

2008

4.38

4.46

4.54

4.63

4.54

4.24-4.63

CJUS 7161

Intervention Strategies

Spring

2008

4.75

4.63

5.0

4.88

4.75

4.63- 5.0

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Fall

2007

4.33

4.33

4.78

4.78

4.44

4.14-4.69

CJUS 3426

Corrections in America

Fall

2007

4.47

3.82

4.82

4.41

4.35

4.14-4.69

Courses taught Fall 2004 to Spring 2007

Response Key Strongly Agree=1 Agree=2 Neither=3 Disagree=4 Strongly Disagree=5

Course No.

Title

Semester

Instructor Involvement

Student Interest

Student-Instructor Interaction

Course Demands

Course Organization

Dept.

Means

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Spring 2007

1.23

1.43

1.28

2.40

1.33

1.48-2.28

CJUS 3130

Research Methods in CJ

Spring 2007

1.16

1.49

1.31

2.18

1.35

1.48-2.28

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Fall

2006

1.19

1.44

1.44

2.15

1.47

1.56-2.19

CJUS 2110

Comparative CJ Systems

Spring 2006

1.16

1.40

1.28

1.97

1.34

1.22-1.93

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Spring 2006

1.20

1.51

1.46

2.12

1.42

1.59-2.45

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Fall

2005

1.19

1.40

1.35

2.15

1.30

1.46-2.20

CJUS 7100

CJ Administration

Fall

2005

N/A**

N/A**

N/A**

N/A**

N/A**

N/A**

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Spring 2005

1.13

1.40

1.24

1.78

1.25

1.58-2.22

CJUS 2110

Comparative CJ Systems

Spring 2005

1.40

1.68

1.47

2.28

1.63

1.36-2.02`

CJUS 3129

Statistical Methods in CJ

Fall

2004

1.37

1.75

1.56

2.61

1.65

1.38-2.14

CJUS 7100

CJ Administration

Fall

2004

1.38

1.67

1.42

1.75

1.90

1.84-2.74

Courses taught before Fall 2004 not included – available upon request

** Student evaluations not collected – fewer than five students enrolled

Supervision of Students

Graduate Research Supervision and Independent Readings

Christopher Kennemore, University of Memphis, Fall 2008. “Occupational Stress and Probation/Parole Officers: A Family Affair”, Independent Study.

Samantha Scales, University of Memphis, Fall 2007. “Occupational Stress Factors for Probation/Parole Officers by Gender”, Independent Study.

Eugena Givens, Master’s Thesis Committee Chair, University of Memphis, 2004-2006. Evaluation of a Metropolitan Court Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program.

Sarah Pilsbury, Master’s Thesis Committee Member, University of Memphis, 2004-2005. Awareness of Project Safe Neighborhoods and Attitudes Toward Gun Laws.

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Undergraduate Research

April Mims, “Latino Immigrant Women and Incidents of Domestic Violence in Shelby County, 2000-2006”. Independent Study, Spring 2007.

Keaston Byrd, “State-level Analysis of Occupational Stress among Probation Parole Officers”. Independent Study, Spring 2007.

Tia Holland, “Factors Affecting Occupational Stress for Probation/Parole Officers,” Addendum for Honor’s Credit, Spring 2006.

Erin Ryan, “Issues of Sexual Harassment in a Metropolitan Jail Setting,” Independent Study, Spring 2006.

Chris Kloc, “Community Policing in Post-Saddam Iraq,” Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis, Faculty Mentor, University of Memphis, 2004-2005.

Cindy Torres, “Female Prisoners in New Mexico: Considerations of Criminal Activity Over the Life-Course,” Faculty Mentor, University of New Mexico, 2004

Elise Vigil, “Methamphetamine Use in Six Southwestern States,” Careers in Mental Health Research Scholarship Program. Faculty Mentor, University of New Mexico, 2003.

Service

Professional Activities

Faculty Advisor for Student Organizations

Indian Student Association (2007)

American Criminal Justice Association, Upsilon Mu Chapter (since Fall 2005)

Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, University of Memphis Chapter (since Fall 2005)

Memberships in Professional Associations

Southern Criminal Justice Association

American Society of Criminology

• Division of International Criminology

o Member – Best Student Paper Award Committee (2005)

Chair – Information Desk Committee (200-2007)

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Honor Society

Participation in Working Groups

• Elder Support and Resources Project

• Shelby County Corrections Administration Advisory Committee.

• TN Governor's Office of State Planning & Policy, Governor Phil Bredesen's Public Safety Study Group.

• Crime and Justice Institute - “Responsivity: The Importance of Cultural Variables in Assessing American Indian and Hispanic Populations.”Minneapolis, MN, August 15-17, 2007.

• Mexican Migration Project

• International Prison Initiative sponsored by the American Society of Criminology, Division of Corrections and Sentencing and the Division of International Criminology

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Consultancy

• Crime and Justice Institute, August, 2007-Current.

• Recording Industry Association of America, Latin Music Sector, March, 2006 - Current.

• Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, National Preparedness Directorate, April 2005 - Current

• Management Systems International, November, 2004-Current

Expert Testimony

Approved by the State of Arkansas as an Expert Witness, July 2005.

“Shoplifting and Racial-profiling”. Walmart, Santa Fe, NM, September-October 2002. (Background research only – did not go to trial).

Reviewer

Grants: National Institute of Justice

Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

Journals: American Journal of Criminal Justice

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture

Criminology and Public Policy

Journal of Critical Criminology

Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Review

Violence Against Women

Publishers: Roxbury Publishing Company

Sage Publications

Thomson Wadsworth

Do the Write Thing Challenge Program, Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office

University

University: Caminos Derechos, A Pilot Project to Improve Latino Cultural Competency, 2007, 2008

Works in Progress Symposium (WIPS), Faculty Evaluator, Fall 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.

University of Memphis SIRS Committee, Appointed Spring 2007

Department – Liaison to the Library Committee, Appointed Fall 2004.

Liaison to the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Statistics Committee

Community and Outreach Affiliations

  • Member – Coming Home Advisory Group – TN Board of Probation and Parole
  • Member – Tennessee Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force, TN Commission on Children and Youth
  • Governor Bredesen’s Public Safety Group
  • Shelby County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Board
  • La Prensa Latina – biweekly articles written in Spanish to raise awareness of relevant social issues
  • Binghamton Development Corporation - http://www.bdcmemphis.org/ - Engaging Latinos initiative
  • Shelby County Division of Corrections (Penal Farm) - Lock-Up-And-Learn
  • Shelby County Jail (201 Poplar Ave.) – Lock-Up-And-Learn
  • Memphis Police Department – Riding with MPD Program
  • Federal Correction Institution – Memphis, Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Department of Justice, Member - Community Relations Board
  • Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office Truancy Reduction Pilot Project (Memphis City Schools; Shelby County Juvenile Court; University of Tennessee, Knoxville Social Work Program; University of Memphis Social Work Program).
  • DAWN, Transitional Housing for Female Offenders, Board of Directors, Memphis, TN
  • Juvenile SVORI Committee, Serious Violent Offender Re-entry Initiative, Shelby County Juvenile Court
  • Inter-Agency Corrections Management Team, (Memphis Federal Correction Institution, Tennessee State Prison, Shelby County Detention Facility), Memphis, TN
  • Greater Memphis Area, YWCA

Other:

On-line Course Development, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Extended Programs, University of Memphis, Spring 2006.

ESL Instructor Training, Memphis, TN. November 6-13, 2004.

Workshop Participant, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Workshop on Hierarchical-Linear Modeling entitled: "Multilevel Models Using SAS,” Chapel Hill, NC. July 12-19, 2004.

Spanish Interpreter Training, Completed certification as Interpreter for Health and Human Services. Mountain Area Health Education Center, Department of Allied and Public Health Education, Asheville, NC, October 26-29, 1998.

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