Associate Professor — Criminal Justice, Social Work & Sociology
Juvenile Justice, Research Methods, Introduction to Criminal Justice
B.S. (2) Psychology and Sociology-Criminology (University of Central Arkansas)
M.A. Criminal Justice (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
Ph.D. Criminal Justice (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
My philosophy is simple. I attempt to teach every student something new that opens their mind and sharpens their skills. In addition, once they have learned their new skill or concept, it is my hope that they take their knowledge and teach others.
I chose to teach due to many reasons. Yes, the summers off and flexible hours are great but there is so much more to teaching especially working with college students. College was a very influential time for me that I truly cherish. College was where I learned research skills, found lifelong friends, and gained practical experience. It was not always easy or fun but persevering through tough classes and hard times truly prepared me for my career. In my opinion, teaching college students is a blast. I've learned more about myself as an instructor through conversations I've had with college students. In addition, I am forced to stay updated on my skills and I'm able to be creative through the different learning activities. One of the most notable high points of being a teacher is seeing a student understand previously difficult concepts and being able to apply those concepts to practical activities. There are definitely good days and bad days but, overall, teaching gives me a sense of pride and purpose. I love the fact that I'm happy to go to work in the morning.
Criminal Justice Ph.D. Student of the Year (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
Take college for all its worth. Study, work hard, and utilize the skills you've learned in the classroom. Also, take breaks and breathe. College should be a mixture of hard work and fun. Finding a balance will be your best asset. Lastly, remember these times and value the friends that you've made. College doesn't last forever but the friends you make and the knowledge you gain will last a lifetime.