Willow Dawn Becker
With criminal justice being an issue that pervades all levels of society and indeed all reaches of the world, those that teach and study it have the opportunity to contribute in many different ways. Those that choose to dedicate their lives to the pursuit of justice and improvements in our own justice system must start with a strong foundational education. The professors on this list each bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom and are able to help provide that foundation for every student that passes through their doors.
Dr. Gary Kleck is the David J. Bordua Professor of Criminology at the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Kleck has taught an array of courses during his time at FSU, including criminology, law enforcement, and violence theory. He has a particular research interest in gun control and has written numerous, frequently cited articles on the issue. Dr. Kleck won the Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology for his book Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America.
Choosing 25 top criminal justice professors in the U.S. was a tall task, with universities in every state offering criminal justice studies. In order to narrow down the great many, highly qualified and highly educated professors, we used the following criteria:
Although imperfect, looking at the rankings of individual university criminal justice programs was a good starting point. The professors on this list teach at or were educated at criminal justice programs that have ranked in the top 25 themselves. We used the U.S. News & World Report Criminology rankings from 2009.
The professors on this list have been recognized by their peers and their employers as being among the top in their field. Whether they received Faculty of the Year awards, special recognition for their publications, or notable grants and research funding, these professors are dedicated to their field and to their students.
In addition to teaching and research obligations, the professors on this list have gone above and beyond in terms of leadership and professional contributions. Not only have they been published numerous times in academic journals, they have taken the time to become members and often leaders of professional organizations on their campuses and around the world. This dedication to the world of criminal justice is what makes them the top criminal justice professors in the country.
Willow Dawn Becker
Willow is a blogger, parent, former educator and regular contributor to www.forensicscolleges.com. When she's not writing about forensic science, you'll find her blogging about education online, or enjoying the beauty of Oregon.