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Department of Criminal Justice
321 Shippen Hall 
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 
1871 Old Main Drive 
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299

(717) 477-1558
(717) 477-4087 (FAX)
E-mail: crimjust@ship.edu

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE FACULTY AND STAFF

 ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014

 

Melissa L. Ricketts, Ph.D.  
Chair, Criminal Justice Department
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
 

Office: Shippen Hall 319
Phone: (717) 477-1550
Email: mlricketts@ship.edu
 

Education:
PhD: Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
MS: Indiana University of Pennsylvania  

Teaching Interests: Survey of Corrections; Domestic Violence 

Research Interests: Fear of Crime; School Violence; Cybercrime; Prescription Drug Abuse  
 
Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor: 

 
 

Michele P. Bratina, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice  

Office: Shippen Hall 311
Phone: (717) 477-1765
Email:
mpbratina@ship.edu

Education:
PhD: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MA: University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Teaching Interests: Race, Ethnicity, & Crime; Criminology Theory; Organized Crime; Victimology  

Research Interests: Race, Ethnicity, & Relationships Between Acculturation and Crime; Violence, Mental Health, & the CJ System,;Media & Crime   

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor:
To encourage students to acquire decision-making skills influenced by critical thinking practices and research with the ultimate goal of effectuating positive systematic-wide changes at all stages of the criminal justice system 

Matthew D. Fetzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Shippen Hall 309
Phone: (717) 477- 1630
Email: mdfetzer@ship.edu

Education:  
PhD: University at Albany, SUNY
MS: Shippensburg University
  
Teaching Interests:
Research Methods; Statistics & Quantitative Methods; Social Construction of Homicide; Intro to Criminal Justice

Research Interests: Juvenile Delinquency; Homicide; Hate Crime; Domestic Violence

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor: 
I chose to become a professor in criminal justice because I wanted to conduct academic research on related criminal justice topics.  I also want to pass on my expertise to both undergraduate and graduate students in order to help them develop skills that will advance their careers in the field. 
     


Billy Henson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Shippen Hall 305
Phone: (717) 477-1608
Email: bwhenson@ship.edu 

Education:
PhD: University of Cincinnati
MS: Eastern Kentucky University
 
Teaching Interests: Policing a Democracy; Crime Prevention; Policy, Professionalism, & Ethics; Criminal Justice in Popular Culture

Research Interests: Violent, Sexual, and Repeat Victimization; Fear of Crime; Crime Prevention; Cybercrime Victimization 

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor:
I went into criminal justice with the goal of working in law enforcement.  However, after class, I always annoyed my friends by telling them everything I learned that day.  Finally, in frustration, one of them said "since you love talking about criminal justice so much, why don't you become a professor."  After some thought, I realized that's exactly what I wanted to do.
 


Stephanie A. Jirard, J.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Mock Trial Team Advisor

Office: Shippen Hall 307
Phone: (717) 477-1142
Email: sajira@ship.edu

Education:
JD: Boston College Law School
BA: Cornell University 
 
Teaching Interests: Criminal Law and Procedure; Mock Trial

Research Interests: Constitutional Law; Capital Punishment; Race & Gender in Popular Culture
 
Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor: 
Criminal justice professionals have awesome power in our society.  Teaching is my small contribution to ensure our students exercise their power judiciously, fairly, and with compassion.

  

Cynthia Koller Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Club Co-Advisor  

Office: Shippen Hall 315
Phone: (717) 477-1599
Email:  cakoller@ship.edu
 

Education:

PhD: University of Cincinnati
MS: University of Wisconsin, Platteville
 
Teaching Interests: Juvenile Justice; Theories of Crime & Crime Control; Community Corrections; White Collar Crime; Criminal Justice Organization & Management
 
Research Interests: Juvenile Justice; White Collar Crime; Judicial Corruption; Sentencing Disparities  

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor:
After serving over 20 years as a juvenile justice practitioner, it was time to leave the field and complete my graduate degrees.  Becoming a criminal justice professor allowed me to bring my experience into the classroom and connect with future practitioners in a very meaningful way.

Carrie Maloney Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 
Criminal Justice Club Co-Advisor

Office: Shippen Hall 317
Phone: (717) 477-1770
Email:  clmaloney@ship.edu 

Education:
PhD: Rutgers University
MS: Rutgers University

Teaching Interests: Quantitative Research Methods; Policy, Professionalism, & Ethics; Intro to Criminal Justice
 
Research Interests: Juvenile Delinquency & Justice; Victimology; White Collar Crime; Theories of Crime & Deviance; Community & Institutional Corrections

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor: 

 

E. Britt Patterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Office: Shippen Hall 313
Phone: (717) 477-1763
Email: ebpatt@ship.edu

Education:
PhD: University of Maryland College Park
MA: West Virginia University
  
Teaching Interests:
Race, Ethnicity, & Crime; Research Methods; Theories of Crime & Crime Control

Research Interests
: Crime Causation; Racial Impact on Crime; Criminal Justice System's Response to Crime  


Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor:
I ask myself that question everyday. :)  

Laura Patterson, Ph.D 
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Shippen Hall 303
Phone: (717) 477-1355
Email: lapatt@ship.edu 

Education:
PhD: University of Maryland College Park
MA: Florida State University
 
Teaching Interests: White Collar Crime; Victimology; Organized Crime; Theories of Crime and Crime Control

Research Interests: Victimology; White Collar Crime; Community and Institutional Corrections
; Organized Crime 

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor: 
I wrote and managed grants to enhance law enforcement technology and to provide coordinated responses for persons with substance abuse and mental illness with the criminal justice system.  I wanted to bring practical experience to the classroom.  I appreciated faculty that could integrate applied and academic approaches to this field of study.

Bonnie Heming
Secretary for Department of Criminal Justice

Office: Shippen Hall 321
Phone: (717) 477-1558
Email: bghemi@ship.edu  

What is Your Favorite Thing About Working in the Criminal Justice Department? 
We are all like a big family. We all care about each other.