New Generation of CJ Professors Granted Tenure

Group photo of the faculty of the College of Criminal Justice.The faculty of the College of Criminal Justice.

Eight members of the College of Criminal Justice faculty earned tenure at Sam Houston State University this year.

Among those granted tenure by the Sam Houston State University Board of Regents as Associate Professors are: Dr. Jeffrey Bouffard, Dr. Leana Bouffard, Dr. Joan Bytheway, Dr. Howard Henderson, Dr. William King, Dr. Ling Ren, Dr. Chi Chung (Jorn) Yu and Dr. Yan Zhang.

“Tenure is the most important decision a university makes with regard to its faculty, and the quality of tenure decisions over the years determines in large measure the quality of the university,” according to the Sam Houston State University policy. “Tenure denotes a status of continuing appointment as a member of the faculty at Sam Houston State University. It is not granted automatically or on the basis of seniority. Tenure is granted to faculty, after a rigorous probationary period, on the basis of meritorious performance in teaching, research, and service.”

The newly tenured faculty will help build the next generation of criminal justice leaders in law enforcement, corrections, victim studies and forensic science.

Dr. Jeffery Bouffard.Dr. Jeffrey BouffardDr. Jeffrey Bouffard joined the faculty in 2009 after teaching at Washington State University, where he served as Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator, and at University of Maryland, Indiana University, and North Dakota State University. Dr. Bouffard is the recipient of numerous grants and served as Co-Editor of the Western Criminology Review. His research interests include rational choice and self-control theories and corrections and rehabilitation. He received a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from St. Michael's College and a B.A. in Psychology from Suffolk University.

Dr. Leana Bouffard
Dr. Leana Bouffard
Dr. Leana Bouffard joined the faculty in 2009 and serves as the Director of the Crime Victims’ Institute. She was Co-Editor for the Western Criminology Review, and she is the recipient of several grants including a 2008 grant of $300,000 from the MacArthur Foundation. Her research interests include violence against women, police response in domestic violence, sexual aggression among college students, and the effects of parenting on criminal behavior. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University.

Dr. Joan BythewayDr. Joan BythewayDr. Bytheway joined the faculty in 2006 and serves as the Director of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility. She specializes in Forensic Anthropology/Human Osteology and Taphonomy with an interest in Bone Pathology and Trauma. Her research interests are in the areas of sex determination of the fragmented os coxa utilizing three dimensional data, effects of fire trauma to human skeletal remains, and non-metric anomalies of the human skeleton. She was a peer reviewer in more than 130 forensic anthropology cases in Baghdad, Iraq reconstructing and analyzing remains in mass graves. She is currently a peer reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. and B.A. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Howard Henderson
Dr. Howard Henderson
Dr. Henderson joined the College in 2006. His current research interests are centered around examinations of correctional program effectiveness and the assessment of criminal justice legitimacy through contemporary cultural expressions. Currently, Dr. Henderson is examining the psychometric racial bias exhibited by offender risk assessment instruments. Along with a Ph.D. in criminal justice from SHSU, Howard earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. William KingDr. William KingDr. King joined the faculty in 2009 after he taught and served as the Director of the Crime and Justice Research Laboratory as well as the Graduate Coordinator for the M.S. Criminal Justice program at Bowling Green State University. Most recently, he is working on research on the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Dr. Ling Ren
Dr. Ling Ren
Dr. Ren joined the College in 2008 after teaching in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University. Dr. Ren's primary research interests include policing, comparative criminal justice, and quantitative methodology. Her recent research endeavor involves the third wave of the Houston Police Department Citizen Contact/Impression Survey. Dr. Ren earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her M.S. in Criminalistics and a B.A. in Police Administration from the Institute of Forensic Science & Chinese People’s Public Security Institution in Beijing.

Dr. Chi-Chung Yu
Dr. Chi-Chung Yu
Dr. Yu joined the faculty in 2006 after serving as a forensic scientist at the Forensic Science Center in Taipei, Taiwan. In his M.S. training, he completed a study using different algorithms to search infrared spectra for automobile coatings by the use of Micro-FT-IR (a Microscope coupled to a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy). His current research interests focus on forensic chemistry, examination of trace evidence and analysis of pattern evidence. His research lab is working on developing novel analytical techniques for the application in forensic science. Dr. Yu received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forensic Science from Central Police University, Taiwan.

Dr. Yan ZhangDr. Yan ZhangDr. Zhang joined the College in 2004. She specializes in quantitative research methods, crime mapping, and crime analysis. She participated in grants on the use Geographic Information System in policing as well as an evaluation of the Texas Police Chiefs Leadership Program at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. Dr. Zhang received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice as well as M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice and Statistics from Michigan State University. She earned a B.S. in Information Science from Wu-Han University in China.





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