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Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty


DeVere D. Woods Jr., Ph.D.
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.

HH 206; (812) 237-2190;


Avdi Avdi Avdija, Ph.D.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Criminology; May 2010
Associate 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.

HH 242; (812) 237-9652;

Shannon-4 Nov. 09.jpg Shannon M. Barton, Ph.D.
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

HH 240; (812) 237-8332;

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Kevin Beaver M.S.
Indiana State University, Instructor, Distance Education Assistant Coordinator, 2018.
Teaching Assignments include Courts, Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals, and Juvenile Delinquency.

HH 217; (812) 237-4360;

Behem Travis Behem, M.S.
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.​

HH 214; (812) 237-2196;

Burns Tyler Burns, M.S.
Indiana State University
Academic Advising Coordinator/Instructor
HH 211; (812) 237-3039;

Lisa Kay Decker, J.D. 
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.

HH 212; (812) 237-2200;



Christian Gallagher, Ph.D.
Indiana State University
Assistant Professor
Teaching assignments include Law Enforcement, Court Systems, and Crime Prevention.

HH 227; 812-237-8832;

Robert Girod

Robert Girod, Ph.D.

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

HH 227; 812-237-2441;





Jennifer N. Grimes, Ph.D.
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.

HH 232; (812) 237-2441;


Gary Hartsock, M.S.
Indiana State University
Instructor. Academic Advisor 2013
Teaching assignments include Institution Based and Community Based Corrections, Correctional Counseling, and Correctional Administration.

HH 219; (812) 237-2195;


Mackey, William  ABD
University of Cincinnati,
Instructor 2016.
Teaching assignments include Community-Based Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Procedure. Research interests include cybercrime, white-collar crime, and criminological theory.

HH 228.(812) 237-2198;


Jennifer L. Murray, Ph.D.
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.​

HH 231; (812) 237-3006;


David Polizzi, Ph.D. 
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.

HH 239; (812) 237-3437;

Dr. Donna Selman

Donna Selman, Ph.D.
Western Michigan University: Sociology; 2005
Teaching assigments include Ethics in Criminal Justice, Research Methods Criminal Justice, Dynamics of Criminology & Delinquent Behavior, and Criminology.

HH238; (812) 237-2197;


Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.
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.

HH 230; (812) 237-2199;


Mark S. Hamm, Ph.D. 
Arizona State University; Public Administration; May 1985
Professor Emeritus, 1985.
Teaching assignments include Research Methods, Criminology Theory, Terrorism and Public Policy.  Research and publication interests include Terrorism, Prison Subcultures, Human Rights, Cultural Criminology.


Robert G. Huckabee, Ph.D.
Sam Houston State University
Associate Professor Emeritus.
Teaching assignments include Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Corrections. Research and publication interests include Victimization and History of Criminal Justice.

HH 219; (812) 237-2195;

Dave Chambers

David A. Chambers, M.S.
Indiana State University

James Archer

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


Mary Ellen Doucette-Lunstrum, J.D.
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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James Houston, M.S.
Indiana State University
Teaching interests include Correctional Institutions and Corrections Report Writing.


Matthew J. Morgan, M.S.
Indiana State University
Teaching assignments include Criminology and Introduction to Law Enforcement.


Eloise Pitt, M.P.A.
Kentucky State University
Lecturer. Academic Advisor, 2007
Teaching Assignments include Introduction to Corrections, Correctional Institutions, Community Based Corrections, and Juvenile Delinquency.


Tamara McCollough

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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