Department of Criminal Justice

  • Celebrate Women's History Month with the women who shape UAB

    From traveling to Antarctica to publishing children’s books, from taking biology educational tools to India to planting pollinator gardens on campus, women have been integral to shaping UAB’s reputation its 50-year history. As part of its annual coverage of Women’s History Month, the UAB Reporter has gathered examples of its more recent coverage of women at UAB.

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  • 8 grants awarded to promote innovative teaching

    The proposals, which support new approaches to instruction and learning in a team environment, reflect the "incredible diversity of creative scholarship" at UAB.

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  • More additions available for UAB 2019 summer camps

    Opportunites for students to attend summer camps across campus continues to grow.

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  • Common threads: The value of interdisciplinary partnerships

    Our university enables faculty to make connections across various disciplines, schools, and centers, and being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences provides my colleagues and me with a broad platform to support this kind of effective interdisciplinary work.

    Our university enables faculty to make connections across various disciplines, schools, and centers, and being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences provides my colleagues and me with a broad platform to support this kind of effective interdisciplinary work. Even in the short time I've been at UAB, I have developed three interdisciplinary courses that have service learning goals and ongoing research endeavors.

    By working with willing faculty members from the Departments of History and Art and Art History, we developed a "Birmingham Neighborhood Studies" course that involves student examination of four specific Birmingham Neighborhoods from a historical perspective, a contemporary perspective, and an artistic perspective. In that course, students complete a project-based final portfolio. Their projects range from architectural histories of places to walking tours of women buried in Oak Hill cemetery.

    This year, in a joint effort between the Departments of Social Work and Criminal Justice, we have enhanced an existing "Community-Based Corrections" course—making it interdisciplinary and including both team-based learning and service learning elements. Students in the course participate in re-entry simulations in which they experience what it is like to be a person returning to the community after a period of incarceration. The U.S. Attorney’s office developed this curriculum and the Department of Social Work has taken a lead role in bringing the simulations to our campus. Last year, we received a Quality Enhancement Plan grant to continue the simulations and to conduct research around their effectiveness. Students also work with women incarcerated at Tutwiler Prison and Birmingham Work Release to produce holiday greeting videos for their families, as well as with Jefferson County Veterans Court to recruit veteran volunteers to support court efforts.

    Last year, I developed a study abroad course that examines women’s rights and health in Kenya. This year, the social work course will be team-taught with Dr. Tina Kempin-Reuter, director of the UAB Institute for Human Rights, and will involve international service learning in which students create health-based lesson plans and assemble reusable feminine hygiene supplies that they deliver in rural Kenya. Since last year’s successful trip with 12 students, we have written a grant to support the continuation of the women’s hygiene project and the addition of a micro-business sewing initiative. All of these efforts will be evaluated through community partners in Kenya.

    The common thread through all of these courses are that they all involve social work principles that advance human rights as well as social, economic, and environmental justice. And they are all led by female faculty and directors from across the College.

    As service learning is considered a high-impact learning tool, these courses are expected to strengthen student learning and engagement in multiple ways outside of the course content. And just as women are leading the efforts to craft these high-impact courses, women are benefitting from them as participants—as student and as community collaborators.

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  • New partnership between Facebook, UAB to help fight online drug sales

    The UAB Computer Forensics Research Lab partners with Facebook to fight online drug sales.

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  • Innovate Birmingham will offer scholarships to digital forensics majors

    Starting this fall, selected digital forensics majors could receive up to $4,000 toward tuition in addition to job and internship search support.

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  • Undergraduates fight on cybercrime’s front lines

    UAB students aid authorities in cybercounterespionage day in and day out, giving them “the best start on their careers that we can.”

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  • Five tips to stay safe while on vacation

    Criminal justice professor Jeff Walker, Ph.D., shares tips to keep yourself and your personal property safe while you are traveling this summer.

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  • Student spotlight: Fulbright Scholar Tamesha Duesbury

    Tamesha Duesbury, a Fulbright Scholar pursuing her Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, is the first Barbadian student at UAB.

    Tamesha Duesbury, a Fulbright Scholar pursuing her Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, is the first Barbadian student at UAB. Driven by her experience working at a probation office in Barbados, Duesbury wants to further develop the skills to better serve at-risk youth. She credits the support of her family with allowing her to study at UAB. “Not only am I a Fulbright ambassador, but I am an ambassador for my country,” she said.

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  • Capturing Success

    Palo Alto Networks' Cyber Competition for High School Students.

    Palo Alto Networks' Cyber Competition for High School Students

    Student support can come in a variety of forms. With a growing vacancy of cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. workforce, Rick Howard, chief security officer at Palo Alto Networks, recognized the need to nurture talent and passion for cybersecurity and digital forensics.

    So, Palo Alto Networks, along with UAB’s Capture the Flag Student Organization in the Department of Criminal Justice, sponsor the annual Blazer42 Capture the Flag Scholarship Competition for qualified high school computer science teams. This year, 10 teams of four 10th-12th grade students participated in a simulated hacking event based on the board game Risk . Individuals in the top three teams were awarded scholarships to attend UAB as freshmen students. The first-place winner of this year’s competition was a team of four students from Tuscaloosa Academy.

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  • Film series aids discussions about food insecurity and prisons in America

    Social justice issues take spotlight in film series discussion for UAB and Birmingham community.

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  • Introducing the new members of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Board

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce the new alumni board members for 2018.

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce the new alumni board members for 2018.

    These eleven board members graduated from a variety of programs at UAB and were students during different eras. They've also pursued careers in a wide range of fields.

    • Johnny (Rusty) Bates: Founder, President and CEO, QCHC, Inc. Math, 1979; M.D., 1983
    • Kristin Chapleau: Program Specialist II, UAB Biomedical Sciences Program. Communication Studies, 2004; M.A. Education, 2005
    • Kathleen Drake: Head of School, Foundations Early Learning & Family Center. Social Work, 1992
    • Mike Guest: CEO and President, Guest Associates. Individually Designed, 1987
    • Joe Maluff: President, JAM Food Company. Psychology, 1996
    • Natasha Moore: Banker, Hometown Bank of Alabama. Criminal Justice, 2010
    • Tim Meehan: Vice President of Senior Services, Always Best Care. Communication Studies, 1986
    • Alexander Shunnarah: President and CEO, Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C. Political Science, 1991
    • Tim Stephens: CEO, Tim Stephens Media LLC. Individually Designed, 2015
    • Tom Walker: Associate Attorney, Maples, Tucker & Jacobs, LLC. Political Science, 2002
    • Stephen Walsh: Partner, Adams and Reese. Math, 1995

    Want to get involved? Join the UAB National Alumni Society: Arts & Sciences Chapter.

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  • Mapping the spread of crime could help save neighborhoods

    UAB criminal justice students and faculty explore the factors shaping neighborhood evolution and share potential solutions for communities at risk.

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  • Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show set for Feb. 3

    Proceeds from the show go toward scholarships for future deserving students.

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  • UAB to host 2017 peace and justice studies conference

    The 2017 Peace and Justice Studies Association conference will bring activists, scholars and educators from around the world to UAB.

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  • New Degrees, New Department Names

    At recent Board of Trustees meetings, two new degrees and two new department names were approved.

    The College now offers two new degrees to undergraduate and graduate students, both of which were approved at recent Board of Trustees meetings.

    The new Bachelor of Science in Medical Sociology will be a part of the slate of degrees currently offered by the Department of Sociology, including the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Social Psychology concentration), the Master of Arts in Applied Sociology, and the Doctorate in Medical Sociology.

    The new Master of Arts in Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights is a new graduate degree in the Department of Anthropology. The program focuses on peace as behavioral process among individuals, families, groups, communities, cultures and nations. The new degree complements the educational and outreach activities of the recently established UAB Institute for Human Rights.

    Also approved at recent Board of Trustees meetings are the new names for two departments: Criminal Justice (formerly Justice Sciences) and Computer Science (formerly Computer and Information Sciences).

    For more information on our programs and departments, visit uab.edu/cas.

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  • Nine Departments Welcome New Faculty Members

    This fall, new faculty members join the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of English, the Department of Music, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Social Work, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Theatre.

    Communication Studies

    Computer Science

    Criminal Justice

    English

    Music

    Philosophy

    Social Work

    Sociology

    Theatre

    • Dr. Roy Lightner, Assistant Professor

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  • Alumni Honored at UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Event

    Thirteen College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2017 class of the  Excellence in Business Top 25 on Friday, June 23, at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    Thirteen College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2017 class of the  Excellence in Business Top 25 on Friday, June 23, at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    These deserving graduates were among 25 UAB alumni recognized for their success at a company they founded, own, or manage. Bates and Stephens also received additional awards in the Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies category. Donohoo was named No. 1 and Bates was named No. 2 in the category of Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies with revenue over $10 million, and Stephens was named No. 2 in the category of Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies with revenue under $10 million.

    Congratulations to our deserving graduates!

    Janet Anderson

    Anderson is Director of Business Development for The Legacy Connection, a full-service telecommunication company based in Tuscaloosa that provides answering, receptionist, and other business services. She graduated with a degree in communication studies in 2001.

    Johnny Edward Bates, M.D.

    Bates is founder, president, and CEO of Quality Correctional Health Care (QCHC) in Birmingham. He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978 before completing his Doctor of Medicine in 1983.

    Chris Donohoo

    Donohoo is is the founder of DonohooAuto, LLC in Pelham, a dealership specializing in pre-owned vehicles with an inventory of more than 1,000 cars and trucks and a staff of more than two dozen. He earned his Bachelor of Science in history from UAB in 2000.

    Mark Gray

    Gray is Vice President of Sales for Lighting Solutions, Inc., which provides lighting products and services, as well as energy solutions, for customers across the State of Alabama, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the Florida Panhandle. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 1998.

    Michael Guest

    Guest is CEO of Guest Associates, a Huntsville-based firm that provides business development, consulting and marketing to companies seeking business with the Department of Defense, NASA, and a wide range of other agencies companies. He graduated with an individually designed major in 1987.

    Valerie Hunter

    Hunter is Managing Partner at Hunter & Hein, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, a Charlotte, North Carolina firm. She graduated with a degree in political science in 2009.

    Sandy Killion

    Killion is CEO and Principal of Vulcan Industrial Contractors, a certified, woman-owned industrial contractor providing industrial construction, maintenance, operations support, and environmental services. She graduated with a degree in history in 1981.

    Joy O'Neal

    O'Neal is the executive director at The Red Barn in Leeds. After completing her Bachelor of Science in History from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1990, she earned her Master of Public Administration in 2010.

    Blake Prime

    Prime is co-owner of Godspeed Elite Sports Academy, a full-service gym and training facility in Pelham. (Read more about Prime and Godspeed on page 34.) A former UAB football player, Prime graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in biology in 2006 and an MBA from the Collat School of Business in 2011.

    Charles M. Reuse

    Reuse is President of Alabama Controls, Inc., an energy management and security technology company with offices in Pelham, Montgomery, Huntsville, and Gulf Shores. He received his degree in communication studies in 1994.

    Lance Rhodes

    Rhodes is founder co-owner of Godspeed Elite Sports Academy, a full-service gym and training facility in Pelham. (Read more about Rhodes and GodspeedIn the Fall 2017 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine.) A former UAB football player, Rhodes graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in history in 2006.

    Alexander Shunnarah

    Shunarrah is CEO of Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C., a firm with 19 offices in 5 Southeastern states, with 85 attorneys working in 24 practice areas. Shunnarah graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in political science in 1991.

    Tim Stephens

    Stephens is the vice president of Strategic Partnerships for SportsManias in Miami, Florida. He completed his individually designed Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

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  • Five ways to protect yourself from retail and restaurant data breaches

    UAB cybersecurity expert Gary Warner says, as businesses work to better protect sensitive customer information, consumers should still be proactive when making purchases.

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  • New Degrees in Computer Science, Digital Forensics, Immunology and Genetics and Genomics Sciences

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to offer new degrees in Computer Science, Digital Forensics, Immunology, and Genetics and Genomics Sciences.

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to now offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Forensics. This interdisciplinary degree program, a joint offering from the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Computer Science, will prepare graduates for a professional career in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity.

    “The program is a mixture of criminal justice and computer science,” said Jeffery Walker, Ph.D., chair of Department of Justice Sciences. “The goal is to provide students with the tools they need in computer programming to work effectively within a computer environment and understand the behavior of those who may be a threat to computer systems or engage in cybercrime. Students will also develop an understanding of the legal system and processes necessary to gather digital evidence and support a computer investigation in court if necessary.”

    In addition, the College also provides students with a new Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, the only B.A. in computer science in the state. Bachelor of Arts degree programs in computer science are emerging across the country in response to industry growth and demand. The Department of Computer and Information Sciences joins a short list of computer science programs in the Southeast to offer the degree.

    “One of our goals is to offer innovative interdisciplinary programs that span the traditional boundaries of science, arts and humanities,” said Dean Palazzo. “With the ever-increasing use of computers and computer software in all aspects of life, computer science is becoming an integral part of many fields of study. This new degree will give students a unique opportunity to combine their interests and maximize career prospects.”

    And two degrees offered in partnership with the School of Medicine are also available to undergraduates in fall 2017: the Bachelor of Science in Immunology, and the Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Genomics Sciences

    “The B.S. in Immunology is a cutting-edge major,” says Louis Justement, Ph.D., director of the Immunology program, and a professor in the microbiology department in the School of Medicine. “Students will get comprehensive experience in the scientific process, critical thinking, problem solving, scientific methodology and in communicating science. Our goal is to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future — and build up a pipeline of young immunologists to tackle the pressing problems of the 21st century.”

    Likewise, the Genetics and Genomics program is one of only of a small group of undergraduate programs available at American universities and offers a rich environment of research, training, and education. The degree is offered in partnership between the Department of Biology and the Department of Genetics in the School of Medicine. Students will receive strong educational and research experiences and will have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, teaching, research, providing professional services, and scholarship.

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