SHSU Ranks #1 for CJ Faculty Publications

#1 Faculty Publications

The College was the top producer of peer-reviewed faculty publication from 2010-14, according to the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University are the most productive scholars in the field, authoring nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study.

Dr. Tasca Earns Prestigious National Institute of Justice Award

NIJ Fellowship

Dr. Melinda Tasca received the W.E.B. Fellowship to study the use of restrictive housing in corrections.

Dr. Melinda Tasca received the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice to investigate racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in the use of restrictive housing in correctional facilities.

Dr. Buzzini Pinpoints Investigative Tool for Counterfeit Bills

Forensic Science

Dr. Patrick Buzzini is working with the Secret Service to develop a new investigative tool to trace counterfeit bills.

Dr. Patrick Buzzini of the Department of Forensic Science received a National Institute of Justice grant to develop chemical signatures for counterfeit currency or questioned documents produced with inkjet printers that can help lead investigator back to the source. Dr. Buzzini is collaborating with the U.S. Secret Service on the project.

Weekends are Designed for Learning Leadership in CJ College

Weekend Program

Law enforcement professionals can advance their careers with a weekend master’s program.

In the Dean’s Suite at the College of Criminal Justice is a plaque bearing a motto from noted leadership author James Maxwell, “A leader who produces other leaders multiplies the effect.” It is a gift from the latest graduating class of the master of Criminal Justice Leadership and Management weekend program.

Alumna Finds Niche at Child Protective Services

Victim Services

Alumna Melissa Brod found her niche in helping abused children find safe homes.

Melissa Brod (’92) originally wanted to be a probation officer after graduating from Sam Houston State University, but she discovered a more rewarding way to practice criminal justice.

Building and Strengthening Bridges Between Academics and Practice

Dr. Dennis Longmire was appointed Director of Practice Development to strengthen existing bridges between academics at the College and agencies in the field in Texas and around the world and develop new ones to help enhance the relationship between theory, research, and practice.

Dr. Oliver Presents Policing in America



Dr. Willard Oliver recently penned a new policing textbook to provide a primer on theory and practices in the field and to promote a better understanding of issues facing contemporary agencies.

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