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Janice Ahmad

Janice Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She received her doctorate at Sam Houston State University and masters at Michigan State University in criminal justice. Prior to this appointment Dr. Ahmad was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a former police officer and is active in the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, and the International Association of Women Police. Recently, Dr. Ahmad received the Master Online Degree Certification from the University of Illinois.

Barbara Belbot

Barbara Belbot is Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She received her doctorate at Sam Houston State University, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Belbot co-authored the book, Legal Rights of the Accused.

Ashley G. Blackburn

Ashley Blackburn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Blackburn has been recognized for her work on women’s issues and also for her use of student engagement in her courses. Her teaching and research focus on the areas of corrections, victimization, and research methodologies.

Traqina Emeka

Traqina Emeka is an Assistant Professor of Juvenile Justice. She received her doctorate at Prairie View A&M University and masters at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Emeka is an expert in the field of juvenile justice, having published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. She recently coauthored the text American Victimology.

Shannon Fowler

Dr. Fowler received his doctorate in 2007 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice and. His research interests include violence and victimization, criminological theory testing, incarcerated populations, and urban neighborhoods. He teaches courses on criminology, victimology, and statistics among others. Additionally, Dr. Fowler has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on-line, such as criminology and statistics.

Beth Pelz

Beth Pelz is the Dean of the College of Public Service and an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She received her doctorate at Sam Houston State University and masters at Stephen F. Austin University. Dr. Pelz was instrumental in the development of degrees in criminal justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, including the Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2000. Dr. Pelz provides expert witness testimony on prison gangs.

Clete Snell

Clete Snell is an Associate Professor. He received his doctorate at Sam Houston State University and masters at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Snell was employed as a case manager at a prison psychiatric hospital. He received an Online Certification from Texas A&M University.

Hsiao-Ming Wang

Hsiao-Ming Wang is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. He received his doctorate at Sam Houston State University and Master of Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Wang held several high level positions in the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice in Taiwan before moving to the United States to pursue his doctoral studies. His background combines strong practical and scholarly experience in administration, global security, and economic crime.

 

Last updated or reviewed on 7/6/12

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