College Graduates Nearly 250 at Summer Commencement

Nearly 250 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice on Aug. 5, including an estimated 176 undergraduates and 67 graduate students. The Commencement Ceremony was held at The Woodlands Church Campus because of ongoing construction at the Johnson Coliseum.

The College added nine new Ph.Ds. to its roster including Drs. Kadee L. Brinser, Angela Collins, Nancy Gartner, Xiaochen Hu, Jae S. Lee, Yudu Li, Fei Luo, Amy Proctor, and Deborah Sibila. Master’s degrees also were awarded to 28 students from the Criminal Justice Leadership and Management program, nine from the Homeland Security Studies program, 13 from the Victim Services Management program, five from Criminal Justice, and three from Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Among the Ph.D. graduates and their dissertations were:

  • Dr. Brinser “An Examination of Perceptual Challenges Faced by Female Police Officers”
    Chair: Dr. Larry Hoover; Committee Members: Dr. Yan Zhang, Dr. Jurg Gerber
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Collins “Testing Anomie Theory on an Adult Population”
    Chair: Dr. Scott W. Menard; Committee Members: Dr. Gerber, Dr. Dennis Longmire
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor with University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Dr. Gartner “The Continuity and Interrelationship of Self-Reported Service Needs and Receipt during Prisoner Reentry”
    Chair: Dr. Erin Orrick; Committee Members: Dr. Melinda Tasca, Dr. Victoria Titterington
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin Platteville
  • Dr. Hu "Moving Toward the Electronic Community-Oriented Policing Era: Content and Strategies of Police Use of Social Media"
    Chair: Dr. Gerber; Committee Members: Dr. Larry T. Hoover, Dr. Phillip Lyons
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor with Fayetteville State University in North Carolina
  • Dr. Lee “Attitudes toward the Police between General Citizens and Citizen Participation of Community Policing Programs: The Effect of Diffuse Support on Citizen Participation”
    Chair: Dr. Jihong (Solomon) Zhao; Committee Members: Dr. Hoover, Dr. Ling Ren
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor with Northern Kentucky University
  • Dr. Li “Correlates of Police Chief Turnover in Texas”
    Chair: Dr. William Wells; Committee Members: Dr. William King, Dr. Rita Watkins
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor with University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Dr. Luo, “Perceptions and Reality: Dimensions and Correlates of Public Attitudes toward the Police”
    Chair: Dr. Ren; Committee Members: Dr. Zhao, Dr. Hoover
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor with Texas A & M International
  • Dr. Proctor “Native on Campus: An Examination of Fear of Crime and Victimization between Native American and Non-Native American College Students”
    Chair: Dr. Raymond Teske; Committee Members: Dr. Titterington, Dr. Gerber
    Researcher at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Dr. Sibila "Citizenship Status and Arrest Patterns for Violent and Narcotic-Related Offense in Federal Judicial Districts along the U.S.-Mexico Border (2007-2010)"
    Chair: Dr. Menard; Committee Members: Dr. Gerber, Dr. Willard Oliver, Dr. Wendi Pollock
    Accepted position as Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University.
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