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Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty


DeVere D. Woods Jr., Ph.D.
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HH 206; (812) 237-2190

Michigan State University; Criminal Justice; December 1997
Director of School of Criminology and Security Studies, Chair, Professor, and Director of the Institute of Criminology, 1999
Teaching assignments include Law Enforcement , Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, and Criminalistics. Research and publication interests include Community Policing, Police Management and Administration, and Policy Implementation.

Arif Akgul, Ph.D.
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HH 235; (812) 237-2370

Washington State University; Criminal Justice; May 2007
Associate Professor, 2018
Teaching and research interests include intelligence analysis, population migration, travel security, law enforcement, drug policy, GIS, and cybersecurity.
Avdi Avdi Avdija, Ph.D.
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HH 242; (812) 237-9652
Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Criminology; May 2010
Professor, 2010
Teaching assignments include Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, Criminalistics, Techniques of Interviewing and Interrogation, and Crime Analysis. Research and publication interests include Police Policy Issues, Evidence-Based Policing, and Crime Analysis.
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HH 240; (812) 237-8332
University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice; August 2000
Professor, 2002.
Teaching assignments include Community-Based Corrections, Research Methods, and Criminological Theory. Research and publication interests include Issues in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Correctional Programming, Correctional Officer Job Satisfaction, Court Improvement, Intermediate Sanctions, Gangs, and Homicides. Curriculum Vita
Travis Travis Behem, M.S.
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HH 214; (812) 237-2196
Indiana State University 2006
Instructor, Academic Advisor, 2013
Teaching assignments include Introduction to Criminology, Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals and Introduction to Policing.  Other areas of focus are with the School of Criminology and Security Studies Speaker Series, Recruiting, Marketing, School Newsletter and the Criminology Career Fair.​
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HH 212; (812) 237-2200

Indiana University School of Law; Doctor of Jurisprudence; May 1985
Associate Professor, 1995.
Teaching assignments include Law Enforcement, Courts, and Criminal Law and Law and Society.   Research and publication interests include Criminal Law, Decision making processes in the Courts, Police Personnel Selection and Education/Training in Law Enforcement.
Gilligan Christian Gallagher, Ph.D.
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HH 227; 812-237-8832
Indiana State University
Assistant Professor
Teaching assignments include Law Enforcement, Court Systems, and Crime Prevention
Robert Girod Robert Girod, Ph.D.
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HH 227; 812-237-2441
Assistant Professor, 2019
Post-Doctoral Executive Program Certificate, Leadership in the 21st Century, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Criminology and Public Administration, The Union Institute and University.
Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.), Law, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Teaching assignments Law Enforcement, Crime Analysis,  Counterintelligence
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Arizona State University; Justice Studies; May 2007
Associate Professor, 2006.
Teaching assignments include Corrections, Research Methods, and Theory.  Research and publication interests include Corrections and Sentencing, Media & Justice, and Punishment & Social Control.
hartsock Gary Hartsock, M.S.
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HH 219; (812) 237-2195
Indiana State University
Instructor. Academic Advisor 2013
Teaching assignments include Institution Based and Community Based Corrections, Correctional Counseling, and Correctional Administration.
Murray Jennifer L. Murray, Ph.D.
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HH 231; (812) 237-3006
Arizona State University; Justice and Social Inquiry; May 2011
Associate Professor, 2011
Teaching assignments include Serial Killers, Research Methods, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Dynamics in Crime and Delinquency Behavior, and Individuals, Societies and Justice. Research and publication interests include, Mass and Serial Murder, The Origins of Violent Crime and Social Deviancy, and The Psychology of Identity. She has lectured about her work in the U.S., U.K., and Europe. Additionally, she has analyzed, consulted, and been interviewed Nationally and Internationally on numerous murder cases. She is an expert commentator on several episodes for the Investigation Discovery Channel’s (ID) Television Series Evil Kin. Recently she taught a course at Scotland’s Stirling University comparing U.S. and British mass killings with regards to prevalence, gun laws, healthcare, and bullying.
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HH 239; (812) 237-3437

Duquesne University; Psychology; December 2002
Professor, 2005.
Teaching assignments include Correctional Counseling, Techniques of Correctional Interviewing, Criminology, Correctional Group Therapy and Report Writing. Research and publication interests include Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation and  Social Construction of Race and the Offender.
Frank Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.
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HH 230; (812) 237-2199

Sam Houston State University; Criminal Justice; August 2006
Associate Professor, 2008
Associated Professor with the ISU Department of African American Studies
Dr. Wilson’s research and publication interests are all focused on increasing the general public’s knowledge of key criminal justice issues.  He approaches his research through a blending of criminological, historical, and communications research techniques.  His research and publication interests specifically include issues surrounding mass incarceration and punishment as well as the depiction of municipal police officers in the media. Dr. Wilson is currently researching and writing a book on the largest prison cemetery in the United States.  Other areas of research and publication interests include The History of Island Prisons, Race & Socioeconomic Class Issues, Public & Prison Health Issues, and Death Penalty Issues. His research has been published in leading journals such as The Prison Journal, Women & Criminal Justice, Race & Justice, and the Journal of Crime Justice and Popular Culture.  Additionally, his research has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, Pittsburg Gazette, Houston Chronicle, and U.S. Catholic. He is the author of Crime and Media Studies: Diversity of Method, Medium, and Communication.
Dr. Wilson has worked with numerous agencies including the National Institute for Victims Studies, the Texas Counsel on Offenders with Mental and Medical Impairments, and United States Probation and Pretrial Services. He was the Founding Chair of the International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference (2008-2014). He is a featured expert for the Crime and Justice Research Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors for CRIMCAST, an online podcast, which centers on current issues in criminal justice. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Media and Celebrity Studies.
James Archer

James W. Archer, D.C.J.
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California University of Pennsylvania, 2020
Teaching assignments: Court Systems, Community Corrections, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Probation/Parole.

David Chambers David A. Chambers, M.S.
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Indiana State University
Doucette-Lunstrum Mary Ellen Doucette-Lunstrum, J.D.
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Western Michigan, Thomas M. Cooley Law School,
Lecturer, 2015.
Teaching assignments include Courts, Ethics, Juvenile Delinquency, Correctional Report Writing, and Introduction to Criminal Justice.
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Indiana State University
Teaching interests include Correctional Institutions and Corrections Report Writing.
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Indiana State University
Teaching assignments include Criminology and Introduction to Law Enforcement.
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Kentucky State University
Lecturer. Academic Advisor, 2007
Teaching Assignments include Introduction to Corrections, Correctional Institutions, Community Based Corrections, and Juvenile Delinquency.

Tamara McCollough
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Indiana State University
Tamara has been working within the Criminal Justice Field since 2006.  She has worked as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Accreditation Manager and as a law enforcement officer with the Indiana State University Police Department.  Tamara graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Class 06-167 in Plainfield, Indiana.  Tamara currently serves as the Clery Compliance Lieutenant.  Tamara is an International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Accreditation Assessor. Tamara is also a Lecturer for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 
MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University (2016)
BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University (2008)
Research Interests:
The use of Technology as an investigative tool, Clery Act law enforcement’s obligations, social demographics and the effects on crime data spikes, policy implications to curb instances of police misconduct, recruitment strategies to build an inclusive law enforcement agency, and report writing as an aid to successful prosecutions.



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