Brandt Hall 320
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7950
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

What area do you teach?

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)

Your Philosophy of Teaching

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.

Why did you decide to teach?

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.

Credentials/Career Path

  • (2017 to Present) Assistant Professor at Southeast Missouri State University
  • (2017) Ph.D. Criminal Justice (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • (2016-2017) Visiting Assistant Professor
  • (2013-2016) Research Assistant
  • (2013) M.A. Criminal Justice (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • (2011-2013) Research Assistant and Academic Adviser
  • (2011) B.S. (2) Psychology and Sociology-Criminology (University of Central Arkansas)
  • (2010) Intern: Juvenile Probation Officer

Professional Highlights

  • Forthcoming Fall 2018: Panel Chair and Presenter for the Southern Criminal Justice Association Panel, "College-level Perceptions and Correlates of Cyberbullying: Quantitative and Qualitative Research related to Victims and Bystanders"
  • Forthcoming Fall 2018: Research Presentation: SEMO Library Athenaeum Presentation: Cyberbullying on College Campuses
  • Prior Committee Member for University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Prison Reentry Program


Criminal Justice Ph.D. Student of the Year (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

Organizations with Which You are Involved

  • Prior McNair Adviser
  • Midwestern Criminal Justice Association

Most Recent/Notable Published Works

  • (2018) Sobba, Kristen N. “Using Social Capital to Inform Policy Regarding Bullying Victimization.” Sociation Today, 15.2.
  • (2018) Bixby-Radu, Monica, Kristen N. Sobba, and Lisa McManus. “Who and What Helps Bully Victims Fell Safe at School? How Families and Schools Influence Youths’ Perceptions of School Safety.” Sociation Today, 15.2.
  • (2017) Sobba, Kristen N., Rocio Alejandra Paez, and Tusty ten Bensel. "Perceptions of Cyberbullying: An Assessment of Perceived Severity among College Students." TechTrends 61.6 (2017): 1-10.

Best Advice for Students

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.

There should always be active learning for both students and teachers; therefore, I constantly seek feedback from my students to gauge what strategies are beneficial to learning in the classroom.

Dr. Kristen Sobba, Assistant Professor