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Kenya Anderson, Instructor/Coordinator
Department of Social Work

Kenya holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis and a Master of Social Work Graduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

She brings a holistic perspective to child welfare and has served as a direct service provider of family preservation services at the Memphis and Shelby County Community Services Agency (MSCCSA) where she became a Program Specialist in the area of Training and Professional Development. In 2004, Kenya began work at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) where she successfully completed the New Case Manager Certification Training Program and was assigned as a Resource Parent Recruiter. In this time, Kenya served on special assignment with Pre-service training and progressed to the position of lead trainer with the Child Welfare Training Center where she worked as a Professional Development Specialist for 6 years. Before joining the University of Memphis, Kenya worked on the Blues Project at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a research project seeking to reduce the infant mortality rate.

She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Tennessee, a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers where she volunteers as a mentor for other Social Workers. She was also recently named the 2013 Parent of the Year by the Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


 Angela Crews, Instructor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Angela earned her Ph. D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to this she earned an M.A. in Criminal Justice & Criminology from East Tennessee State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Tusculum College (TN).

She has been active in the American Society of Criminology and in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences as past Chair of the Corrections Section and as the Secretary of the International Section. She currently is the Immediate Past President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Her areas of teaching include research methods and statistics, corrections, comparative justice systems, criminal justice policy, and criminological theory. Her research interests are varied and involve all aspects of the criminal justice system, but share a policy analysis or program evaluation focus. Most recently, she has been interested in policies related to school safety & violence, correctional policy analysis and program evaluation, policies related to the release of ex-prisoners into society, and in comparative policing and corrections.


 Amanda Johnson, Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Amanda received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

She has professional experience in both corrections and police organizations and served as the Federal Methamphetamine Initiative Coordinator at the South Tucson Police Department where she received over 100 hours of training in methamphetamine issues and clandestine labs.

Her teaching interests include organizational theory, deviant subcultures, police issues, drug-related crime, and geographical criminology and profiling and her current research agenda includes studies in organizational failure and deviant organizational cultures, police use of force and TASER usage, and GIS.

Dr. Johnson is a member of The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and The American Society of Criminology (ASC).


James McCutcheon, Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

James received his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he attended Auburn University where he received Baccalaureate degrees in Psychology and Criminology and remained to earn a Master of Science in Sociology.

Prior to joining the University of Memphis he served as a researcher at a juvenile detention center where he studied sex offenders. He also spent time as a political consulting intern in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. McCutcheon's research agenda includes lethal violence, drug markets, firearm availability, and crime mapping.


Erin Nemenoff, Assistant Professor
Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration

Erin received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also received her M.P.A.

She brings more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit workforce, having served in both development/marketing and program management roles, most recently at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Her research interest in the nonprofit workforce, particularly nonprofit career awareness, stems from her experience as an "accidental nonprofiteer." She is also interested in the impacts of different collegiate experiences on civic engagement during adulthood, which has led to her involvement as a board member of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Dr. Nemenoff was very involved in the Kansas City community where she chaired events for the Humane Society and her neighborhood homes tour. She also chaired the marketing committees for the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, and the Philanthropy Midwest Conference. Dr. Nemenoff is excited to continue her community involvement in a new city.


John Topinka, Assistant Professor
Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration

John received his Ph. D. in Public Administration from Florida International University.

He has more than 25 years of varied public sector experience, with 12 years in the Miami- Dade County budget office.  He has also served as an adjunct professor at several South Florida universities, teaching budget, finance, and emergency and other management course for more than 20 years.

Dr. Topinka's research interests include fiscal health, budget and organizational performance.


Mary Tucker, Instructor/Coordinator, Advisor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Mary received her J.D. from Louisiana State University and spent a few years practicing in Louisiana before she attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to receive her Master's in Higher Education Administration.

Prior to these endeavors she earned her B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans.

She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas and worked as a full time professional advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas where she also advised all Pre Law students.


Lenard Wells, Instructor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Lenard obtained his PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Prior to this he earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where he also earned a BA in Psychology. He earned both of these while working full-time in the Milwaukee Police Department.

After 27 years of service as a Lieutenant of Police with the Milwaukee Police Department Lenard was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doye to Chair the Wisconsin Parole Board. Dr. Wells also served as the Center Director for an adult education facility for a local Milwaukee university.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Lenard has had a great passion for teaching. He has been an adjunct instructor at various institutions for over 15 years. When he is not pursuing teaching, he is spoiling his grandchildren. Lenard is married with one daughter, three sons, and seven grandchildren.



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