7 New Ph.D.s Added to Alumni Roles; Inaugural Masters Online Class Graduates

The Summer 2011 Ph.D. graduates from the College of Criminal are (l to r) Drs. Randa Embry, Kadir Akyuz, Hoon Lee, Napoleon Reyes, Claire Nolasco, Natalia del Rocio Tapia Mansilla and Alicia Deal.
The Summer 2011 Ph.D. graduates from the College of Criminal are (l to r) Drs. Randa Embry, Kadir Akyuz, Hoon Lee, Napoleon Reyes, Claire Nolasco, Natalia del Rocio Tapia Mansilla and Alicia Deal.

A total of 176 students earned bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice during the Summer Commencement ceremony on August 6.

Seven students received Ph.D. degrees, and the College graduated its first class of 20 students from its Online Master of Science program in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management. There were 56 graduate students and 120 undergraduates recognized at the ceremony.

Among the new Ph.D. graduates are Drs. Kadir Akyuz, Alicia Deal, Randa Embry, Hoon Lee, Claire Nolasco, Napoleon Reyes, and Natalia del Rocio Tapia Mansilla.

Dr. Akyuz will return to the Turkish National Police, where he has served in homicide, anti-smuggling and financial crime units. Dr. Akyuz’s dissertation was "Terrorism versus Justice: A Cross-National Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Terrorism on Due Process and Individual Rights." His dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Mitchel Roth.

Dr. Deal’s dissertation was "Real Men? The Reporting Behavior of Male Physical Assault Victims and the Institutional Response to Male Victimization." Her dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Victoria B. Titterington. Dr. Deal is seeking a job conducting research in a crime victim services agency.

Dr. Embry was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Central Missouri. Her dissertation was "Applying the Concept of Self-Preservation to Criminological Theory: Reconceptualizing Low Self-Control and Its Resultant Behaviors." Her dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Phillip Lyons.

Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. His dissertation was "The Impact of Neighborhood Crime Levels on Police Use of Force: An Examination at Micro and Macro Levels Using Geographic Information System Techniques." His committee was chaired by Dr. Michael S. Vaughn.

Dr. Reyes will join the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Sonoma State University in California as an Assistant Professor this fall. His dissertation was entitled "Sexual Homicide in the Philippines: A Comparative Analysis of Single-and Multiple-Offender Cases," and his committee also was chaired by Dr. Titterington.

Dr. Mansilla is an Assistant Professor at Lewis University in Chicago in the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety. Her dissertation, also chaired by Dr. Vaughn, was "Elder Abuse and Its Handling in the Courts."

Dr. Nolasco is an Assistant Professor in Criminology in the Department of Arts and Sciences at Texas A & M University, San Antonio. Her dissertation, was "Liability of Corrections Officials for Inmate-on-Inmate Sexual Violence: Analysis of Case Law after Farmer v. Brennan." Her committee also was chaired by Dr. Vaughn.

Another milestone reached in the summer of 2011 was the graduation of the first online master’s program in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management. Designed for criminal justice professionals in the field, this program offered a flexible schedule and high-quality graduate education from one of the largest and most reputable academic programs in the field.

Among the inaugural members of this distance learning class were Alain Babin, Margaret Beaty, Catherine Betts, Patricia Cantu-Barrios, Nancy Darnell, James Dixon, Leigh Freeman, William Gollmitzer, John Griffin Jr., Wayne Isbell, Rector Livingston Jr., Erik Reyna, Bobby Smith Jr., Jeffery Spivey, James Summitt, Trevor Taylor, Ricardo Trevino Jr., Jennifer Watkins, Joseph Williams, and Brent Wilson.

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