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Cybercriminology and Security Studies Faculty

Woods 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;

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Arif Akgul, Ph.D.
Washington State University; Criminal Justice; May 2007
Assistant Professor, 2018
Teaching and research interests include intelligence analysis, population migration, travel security, law enforcement, drug policy, GIS, and cybersecurity.

HH 235; (812) 237-2370;

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;

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. Research and publication interests include policing in a post 9/11 society, national database for DNA, Privacy issues and policing. Prior experience includes Loss Prevention, Emergency Medical Dispatching, and Policing.  Other areas of focus are with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Speaker Series, Recruiting, Marketing, Department Newsletter and the Criminology Career Fair.​

HH 214; (812) 237-2196;


Tyler Burns, M.S.
Indiana State University
Academic Advising Coordinator/Instructor

HH 211; (812) 237-3039;

decker.jpg 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; 812-237-2192;


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;

Jason James

Jason E James, D.Sc.

Robert Morris University; Information Systems; May 2017
Teaching assignments include cybersecurity, security and risk analysis, cybercrime investigation, computer forensics, information systems security, networking, cyber fundamentals
Research and publication interests include Information Systems and Technology, Cybersecurity, Certifications, Cybersecurity education, Security Awareness, Wireless, Mobile, Database, Systems and Network Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Planning, Information Security Analysis and Auditing, Governance, Policy, Compliance and Risk, Computer, Network, Mobile, and Cloud Forensics

HH 209; 317-517-4872;


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;


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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