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
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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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.
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
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,
• 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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• 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
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).
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
Do the Write Thing Challenge Program, Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office
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,
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
- Inter-Agency Corrections Management Team, (Memphis Federal Correction Institution,
Tennessee State Prison, Shelby County Detention Facility), Memphis, TN
- Greater Memphis Area, YWCA
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.