College of Criminal Justice Holds Spring Commencement

The Spring 2014 graduates from the College of Criminal Justice.
The Spring 2014 graduates from the College of Criminal Justice.
The College of Criminal Justice graduated about 425 students during the Spring 2014 Commencement exercises on May 9.

Ph.D. graduates line up inside the Coliseum.
Ph.D. graduates line up inside the Coliseum.
Among these were eight new Ph.D. graduates and 53 Master’s students, including 16 from the Master in Science in Forensic Science program, 11 from the Master of Science in Security Studies program and 21 from the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management program. Four graduate students earned their Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology, and one received the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The Commencement also included more than 360 undergraduates in Criminal Justice and Victim Studies.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science cohort.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science cohort
The new Ph.D. graduates and their dissertations are:

  • Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk, “Examining the impact of problem-solving court clients’ perceptions of procedural justice on compliance with court mandates and recidivism.”
  • Dr. Lisa Bowman-Bowen, “Answers to questions: Do words matter? A comparison of methods, distributions, and correlated data for three surveys: Monitoring the future, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, National Youth Survey Family Study.”
  • Dr. Maria Koeppel, “A multi-theoretical exploration of college deviance based on sexual orientation.”
  • Dr. Christine Nix.
    Dr. Christine Nix.

  • Dr. Bora Lee, “The association between parenting styles and children’s delinquency.”
  • Dr. Valerie Mahfood, “Costs of capital punishment in Texas: A social welfare economics analysis of criminal justice policy.”
  • Dr. Christina Nix, “Hypnotically refreshed testimony in the United States: A socio-historical analysis of admissibility standards.”
  • Dr. Melissa Ryan, “If all else fails: An analysis of civilian and police justified homicides in Texas.”
  • Dr. Kevin Steinmetz, “A badge of honor and a scarlet letter: An ethnographic study of hacker culture.”
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