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Dr. Kim Rossmo gives a lecture

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Apr 18th

Where: Alkek Library Room 105-106

When: Tuesday, April 18th 2017 at 3:30pm

Who: Professor Kim Rossmo

Join us for a lecture on the "Dangers of Finding (and Not Finding) Life on Other Planets."

The search for life on other planets – whether successful or not – has significant ramifications for life on this planet. In an astronomical and sociological tour of some of these implications, this presentation begins with ideas from Bernoulli, Darwin, and Fermi, and concludes with timely warnings from Nate Silver and Jared Diamond.

Lecture Flyer (PDF)


Brown Bag Seminar: Moderating effects of personality traits

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Apr 12th

Dr. Shayne Jones presents his research that investigates whether the effects of mainstream criminological constructs depend on individual personality traits. Using data from the Pathways to Desistance study, Jones examines concepts relevant to several theories and shows how agreeableness and conscientiousness do condition the effects variables like delinquent peer association, parental efficacy, and exposure to violence. Dr. Jones' presentation considers more generally the role of personality in criminology.


Master’s student Deborah Mletzko successfully defends her thesis

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Mar 30th

On March 30, 2017, Deborah Mletzko successfully defended her Master’s thesis in a public forum. Her research focused on the spatial dynamics of sex trafficking in Austin, Texas, and was completed under the supervison of Drs. Lucia Summers (Chair), Ashley Arnio, and Donna Vandiver. Her findings revealed clear clusters of sex trafficking activity within the city, and highlighted the influence of several variables in shaping such spatial distributions. The thesis will be added to Texas State University’s Dissertations and Theses digital collection in due course. Deborah and her committee are grateful to Austin Police Department, who provided access to crime data.


Texas Undergraduate Research Day

Undergrad research day

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Mar 28th

Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol was held this week. Mykle Ayala, a student in the School of Criminal Justice and the Honors College, was one of two students selected to represent Texas State University at the event. The day included a Capitol Tour, research presentations, and the opportunity to meet with officials of the State of Texas. Mykle Ayala’s research poster was displayed in the Capitol Building. His faculty supervisor was Dr. Bob E. Vásquez.

Texas Undergrad Research Day

Bob E. Vásquez Profile


Ph.D. student, Callie Shaw, presents at TSU Conference

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Mar 24th

Callie Shaw, a current doctoral student presented her research, “Female Sex Offenders: An Analysis of a Disparate Response within the United States Criminal Justice System,” at the Century of Conflict: Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality and Militarism Symposium, hosted by the Women and Gender Research Collaborative. The study relies upon five years of National Incident Reporting System (NIBRS) data to explore the law enforcement response to male versus female sex offenders. Mrs. Shaw discussed the results of the study in addition to the implications for future research. The conference was held at Texas State University.

Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality and Militarism Symposium


Eight Criminal Justice students depart for Brazil

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Mar 10th

On March 10th, eight criminal justice students depart for Brazil to participate in a 10-day study-abroad trip led by Drs. Vandiver and Stafford. The students include one doctoral student—Monica Caballero, three master’s students—Samantha Aguirre, Raymond De Leon, and Kaylee Kadlubar, and four undergraduate students, Albreesha Culberson, Brianna Gordon, Tessa Lantsberger, and Tristan McPherson.

The students vary widely in their travel experience from this being their first travel experience outside of the U.S. to one student who will make Brazil her 24th country visited. The students have been meeting with Drs. Vandiver and Stafford in preparation for their departure.

While in Brazil, the students will be hosted by Dr. Corinne Rodrigues in the sociology department at the Universidade Federal De Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The students will attend various lectures and seminar sessions. They will also participate in various educational and cultural activities. The students will visit a judge, witness a trial, and meet diverse criminal justice officials. No trip would be complete, however, without a weekend trip to Rio de Janeiro to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue and the famous Rio beaches.


Brown Bag Seminar: Geoprofiling Terrorism

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Mar 9th

Dr. Kim Rossmo presents findings from his research on the geospatial patterns that underlie terrorist activities. Relying on historical records, official reports, and a heavy dose of shoe-leather, Dr. Rossmo’s research investigates cases such as the Madrid Train Bombings, and the Assassination of the Minister of Justice of Ankara, Turkey to illustrate the patterned nature of terrorism. Dr. Rossmo’s presentation highlights the potential for geographic profiling to assist law enforcement in investigating and preventing terrorist attacks.

 


Criminal Justice Career Fair - Spring 2017

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Feb 7th

Location: LBJ Student Center Ballroom, 301 Student Center Drive, San Marcos TX, 78666

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2017

Event Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The School of Criminal Justice and Career Services presents the 2017 Criminal Justice Career Fair for criminal justice students and any major interested in law enforcement and criminal justice opportunities. This event will provide an opportunity for students to meet and ask questions of representatives from a variety of local, state, and federal government agencies, the military, and the private sector who are actively recruiting for full-time and internship positions.

Obama Legacy Conference

Obama's legacy news conference

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Feb 2nd-3rd

Criminal Justice professor, Dr. Scott Bowman and MSCJ student, Charian Knight, are presenting at this two-day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Center for International Studies. It features prominent scholars from universities across Texas and the United States. These scholars will join professionals in law, journalism, diplomacy, healthcare, and criminal justice to discuss the likely domestic and foreign policy legacies of the Obama administration. More information can be found here: http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2017/January-2017/ObamaConference012617.html

Four Criminal Justice doctoral students graduated this past December

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Dec 17th

School of Criminal Justice graduates four doctoral students this December. Lisa Bell Holleran, Lynn Greenwood, Dittita Tititampruk, and Joseph McKenna all successfully defended their dissertation See here to read more about their individual dissertations. These students are the 20th to 24th students to graduate from the Criminal Justice Doctoral program.

Conjunctive Analysis Brownbag with Dr. Timothy Hart

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Dec 15th

The School of Criminal Justice and Criminological Association of Texas State is hosting a brownbag seminar for faculty and graduate students on Thursday December 15, at 3:30 pm. The guest speaker, Dr. Timothy Hart, will be discussing Conjunctive Analysis of Case Configurations. This is a data analysis technique utilized specifically to develop composite profiles for a particular unit of analysis (e.g., a person or place), examine which profiles or combinations of variables are dominant, and examine differences in an outcome variable between the different profiles.  The technique is used to understand the complex causal relationships that emerge when combinations of variables are present or absent.

Dr. Timothy C. Hart is visiting the Austin area from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia where he is Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director of the School of Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of South Florida in 2006, and he specializes in applied statistics, geographic information systems (GIS), and victimization. He has published numerous articles applying the technique in journals such as The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Violence & Victims, Justice Research & Policy, and Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency.


Negotiator of the Year Award for Dr. Mullins

Dr. Mullins receiving an award

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Nov 22nd

On October 21st, Dr. Wayman Mullins received the Negotiator of the Year Award by the the National Tactical Officers Association, at their annual Negotiator Division annual conference for his contributions and service to the field. Also, the same week, he received an Honorary Life Membership from the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators at their annual conference in San Antonio for his contributions to the field of hostage/crisis negotiations.

Upcoming: doctoral candidates defend their dissertations

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Nov 2nd

Lisa Holleran Future Dangerousness in Texas Death Penalty: A Content Analysis Dr. Donna Vandiver, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Scott W. Bowman
Dr. Meredith Martin Rountree
Dr. Ken Murray
November 4, 2016
9:00 a.m.
HAC 104
Dittita Tititampruk Offender's Decision Making: An Assessment of Convicted Burglars in Thailand Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
Dr. Jay D. Jamieson
Dr. Lucia Summers
Dr. Nathee Christanwang
Dr. Sunee Kanyajit
November 3, 2016
8:00 a.m.
HAC 104
Joseph McKenna Examining The Use of Full-Time Police in Schools: How Roles and Training May Impact Responses to Misconduct Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Scott W. Bowman
Dr. P. Michael Supancic
Dr. Sean P. Varano (Roger Williams University)
November 2, 2016
10:00 a.m.
HAC 104

Dr. Jaqueline Sebire, Head of Crime and Community at Bedfordshire Police, presents “Profiling Intimate Partner Homicide: Best Uses of Police Data

Dr. Jacqueline Sebire

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Sep. 8th

Dr. Jaqueline Sebire, Head of Crime and Community at Bedfordshire Police, presented her University Lecture, “Profiling Intimate Partner Homicide: Best Uses of Police Data,” on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Dr. Sebire has 23 years of policing experience, mainly as a detective in homicide and serious crime investigation with the London Metropolitan Police. She is also a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, and has researched and published in the areas of domestic violence and risk assessment.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Ph.D. Dissertation


Criminal Justice Career Fair - Spring 2017

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Feb 7

Location: LBJ Student Center Ballroom, 301 Student Center Drive, San Marcos TX, 78666

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2017

Event Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The School of Criminal Justice and Career Services presents the 2017 Criminal Justice Career Fair for criminal justice students and any major interested in law enforcement and criminal justice opportunities. This event will provide an opportunity for students to meet and ask questions of representatives from a variety of local, state, and federal government agencies, the military, and the private sector who are actively recruiting for full-time and internship positions.

Obama Legacy Conference

Obama's legacy news conference

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Feb 2nd-3rd

Criminal Justice professor, Dr. Scott Bowman and MSCJ student, Charian Knight, are presenting at this two-day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Center for International Studies. It features prominent scholars from universities across Texas and the United States. These scholars will join professionals in law, journalism, diplomacy, healthcare, and criminal justice to discuss the likely domestic and foreign policy legacies of the Obama administration. More information can be found here: http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2017/January-2017/ObamaConference012617.html

Four Criminal Justice doctoral students graduated this past December

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Dec 17th

School of Criminal Justice graduates four doctoral students this December. Lisa Bell Holleran, Lynn Greenwood, Dittita Tititampruk, and Joseph McKenna all successfully defended their dissertation See here to read more about their individual dissertations. These students are the 20th to 24th students to graduate from the Criminal Justice Doctoral program.

Conjunctive Analysis Brownbag with Dr. Timothy Hart

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Dec 15th

The School of Criminal Justice and Criminological Association of Texas State is hosting a brownbag seminar for faculty and graduate students on Thursday December 15, at 3:30 pm. The guest speaker, Dr. Timothy Hart, will be discussing Conjunctive Analysis of Case Configurations. This is a data analysis technique utilized specifically to develop composite profiles for a particular unit of analysis (e.g., a person or place), examine which profiles or combinations of variables are dominant, and examine differences in an outcome variable between the different profiles.  The technique is used to understand the complex causal relationships that emerge when combinations of variables are present or absent.

Dr. Timothy C. Hart is visiting the Austin area from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia where he is Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director of the School of Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of South Florida in 2006, and he specializes in applied statistics, geographic information systems (GIS), and victimization. He has published numerous articles applying the technique in journals such as The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Violence & Victims, Justice Research & Policy, and Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency.


Negotiator of the Year Award for Dr. Mullins

Dr. Mullins receiving an award

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Nov 22nd

On October 21st, Dr. Wayman Mullins received the Negotiator of the Year Award by the the National Tactical Officers Association, at their annual Negotiator Division annual conference for his contributions and service to the field. Also, the same week, he received an Honorary Life Membership from the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators at their annual conference in San Antonio for his contributions to the field of hostage/crisis negotiations.

Upcoming: doctoral candidates defend their dissertations

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Nov 2nd

Lisa Holleran Future Dangerousness in Texas Death Penalty: A Content Analysis Dr. Donna Vandiver, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Scott W. Bowman
Dr. Meredith Martin Rountree
Dr. Ken Murray
November 4, 2016
9:00 a.m.
HAC 104
Dittita Tititampruk Offender's Decision Making: An Assessment of Convicted Burglars in Thailand Dr. Mark C. Stafford, Chair
Dr. Jay D. Jamieson
Dr. Lucia Summers
Dr. Nathee Christanwang
Dr. Sunee Kanyajit
November 3, 2016
8:00 a.m.
HAC 104
Joseph McKenna Examining The Use of Full-Time Police in Schools: How Roles and Training May Impact Responses to Misconduct Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, Chair
Dr. Mark C. Stafford
Dr. Scott W. Bowman
Dr. P. Michael Supancic
Dr. Sean P. Varano (Roger Williams University)
November 2, 2016
10:00 a.m.
HAC 104

Dr. Jaqueline Sebire, Head of Crime and Community at Bedfordshire Police, presents “Profiling Intimate Partner Homicide: Best Uses of Police Data

Dr. Jacqueline Sebire

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Sep. 8th

Dr. Jaqueline Sebire, Head of Crime and Community at Bedfordshire Police, presented her University Lecture, “Profiling Intimate Partner Homicide: Best Uses of Police Data,” on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Dr. Sebire has 23 years of policing experience, mainly as a detective in homicide and serious crime investigation with the London Metropolitan Police. She is also a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, and has researched and published in the areas of domestic violence and risk assessment.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Ph.D. Dissertation


Dr. Scott Bowman and Dr. Howard Williams quoted in Texas Tribune on race and police shootings

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Aug. 30th


New school year, new awards and recognitions

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Aug. 26th

Several Criminal Justice professors were welcomed back to the new school year with recognitions and awards. Dr. Bill Stone received acknowledgements of 35 years of service at Texas State University. He began teaching here in 1981. Dr. J.D. Jamieson also was acknowledged for his 30 years of service, beginning here in 1986. Dr. Scott Bowman has completed 10 years of service. Also, Dr. Joycelyn Pollock and Dr. H. Jaymi M. Elsass received the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activities. Dr. Scott Bowman received the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Congratulations to our award recipients for their continued dedication to the School of Criminal Justice.


Doctoral Student, Jason Smith, was recognized in the Austin American-Statesman since he will take over as the Pflugerville ISD police chief. Mr. Smith began his law enforcement career in 1996.

Aug. 19th


Graduate Student Anne Li Kringen Selected to Receive The Graduate College's "Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, Business, and Education."

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July 11th

Anne Li Kringen, who earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, has been selected to receive the Texas State University, Graduate College's Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, Business, and Education. Her dissertation, "Understanding Barriers that Affect Recruiting and Retaining Female Police Officers: A Mixed Method Approach", was directed by Dr. Joycelyn Pollock, University Distinguished Professor in the School of Criminal Justice.
A selection committee composed of faculty representing a range of disciplines and colleges reviewed nominations for the award. As the winner of the 2017 competition, Dr. Kringen will receive $1,000 and be recognized at The Graduate College Awards Ceremony in April, 2017. We have also entered her into the Council of Graduate School's national competition for best dissertation in the above mentioned category.


Congratulations to Dr. Kringen for her outstanding work! Dean Andrea Golato would also like to acknowledge Professor Pollock for her exemplary mentorship and commitment to her students. In addition, the Dean would like to thank the award selection committee for their time and effort in reviewing nominations.


Dr. Kim Rossmo was part of a team that identifies Banksy, an elusive graffiti artist

Dr. Peter Blair

Jul. 9th


Granger Studdard, Criminal Justice major, selected in the MLB draft

Jun. 28th


Dr. Kim Rossmo was part of a team that identifies Banksy, an elusive graffiti artist

March 8


Doctoral Student, Tiffany Cox, is recognized for pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice while working full-time

Nov. 1st