Alumni In The News

March 2019

Ryan Strong named Chief of Police

School of Criminal Justice alumni Ryan Strong was named Chief of Police by the Wayne City Council on March 2019. As Chief, he will manage roughly 25 officers.

October 2018

Michael Rossler and Charles Scheer present at 2018 IACP Conference

PhD alumni Charlie Scheer and Michael Rossler presented Police Career Expectations of Today’s Criminal Justice Students: Results of a Five-University Survey at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando on October 6, 2018. Other panelists included Chief Leonard Papania of Gulfport MS Police Department, Sergeant Matt Cobb of Topeka KS Police Department, and Lieutenant Greg Pashley of Portland Police Bureau.

July 2018

Jeffrey Senese

Jeffrey Senese graduated from Michigan State University with an Interdisciplinary PhD with a concentration in Criminal Justice (this was how a PhD in Criminal Justice was offered prior to 2001).

Since graduating, Jeffrey has served as a faculty member within multiple institutions including Indiana University and the University of Baltimore; completed various Higher Education Management institutes from Harvard, Pennsylvania State University, and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; and has published a book, multiple articles, book chapters, and other various publications. Currently, Dr. Senese serves as the President of Saint Leo University, Florida’s first Catholic University.

May 2018

Joseph Sears

Joseph Sears graduated from the School of Criminal Justice in May of 2015. Currently, he is a police officer for the Auburn Hills Police Department.

During his time at MSU, Joseph studied Criminal Justice and Psychology, receiving a degree in both. Joseph was also a member of the the Spartan Marching Band and held a student employment position with the MSU Police Department. Since then, Joseph has graduated from the Mid-Michigan Police Academy as part of the 97th Class. Joseph says he has wanted to pursue a career in Criminal Justice since he was a kid and is grateful to work in this field every day.

Read more about Joseph’s passion here.

April 2018

Joanne BelknapJoanne Belknap

Dr. Joanne Belknap is an alumni of the School of Criminal Justice, and ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Belknap, along with doctoral candidate in ethnic studies Deanne Grant, spoke at a congressional briefing on Criminal Justice in Washington, D.C. The briefing was held to discuss the latest findings in the Criminal Justice field, and what changes have been taken place since Lyndon B. Johnson first established the Crime Commission in 1967.  Dr. Belknap advocated for a new Crime Commission that specifically addressed issues of domestic violence; and Congress is currently reviewing a bill that would create the National Criminal Justice Commission, the first of its kind in over 50 years.

Read more about Dr. Belknap’s presentation at the congressional briefing here.

August 2017

Chief Richard MyersRichard Myers

Chief Richard Myers is a graduate of the School of Criminal Justice, class of 1976. Myers is currently the Chief in Newport News, VA.

Richard Myers has been selected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association to serve as Executive Director.  Myers brings 40 years of experience in policing in six different states and 33 years as a police chief in six cities including Newport News, VA, Colorado Springs and Appleton, WI. He also served as interim chief in two cities including spending 11 months in Sanford, FL following the death of Trayvon Martin.   He has been a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies board since 2009 and was elected as Chair/President in 2015.

April 2016

Rebecca (Goldman) BeardRebecca Goldman Beard

Rebecca Beard is a graduate of the School of Criminal Justice, class of 2003. She has been a parole agent for the Michigan Department of Corrections since 2011 and is currently assigned to the Wayne County Parole/Probation Tether Unit.

Agent Beard recently went above and beyond in her attempt to resuscitate a parolee found unresponsive during a routine home visit. She immediately began emergency CPR and performed chest compressions until assistance arrived, and is an excellent example of a dedicated Spartan performing her job duties at a very high level.

November 2015

Jeremy Carter co-chair of NIJ’s SRP on TechnologyPhoto of Jeremy Carter

2011 Ph.D. alumnus Jeremy Carter is co-chair of the National Institute of Justice’s standing scientific review panel (SRP) on technology.

NIJ is the lead federal science agency for research to improve criminal justice and policy, and conducts its work mainly through an interdisciplinary grant program that funds research in the social and physical sciences and technology. The NIJ’s SRP on technology is one of the most diverse, and includes computer scientists, operations research analysts and social and behavioral scientists. In addition to other topics, the SRP on technology reviewed applications dealing with preventing officer suicide, valuating data, and developing improved methods to collect digital evidence from large-scale computer systems and networks.

Jeremy Carter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

October 2015

Joseph Schafer appointed as a CALEA CommissionerPhoto of Joe Schafer

2000 Ph.D. alumnus Joseph Schafer has been named one of four new Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  The Commission is comprised of 11 law enforcement practitioners and 10 members from the public and private sectors.

CALEA is an independent credentialing authority created in 1979 by the joint effort of four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Joseph Schafer is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Read about the newly appointed Commissioners here.

September 2015

Training for Procedural Justice will be presented at IACP conference

2014 Ph.D. alumnus Charlie Scheer is part of a panel of researchers and practitioners whose presentation “Training for Procedural Justice” has been accepted to the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Chicago in October 2015. The panel also includes Dr. Wesley Skogan of Northwestern University, Chief Edward Flynn of Milwaukee Police Department, Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin of the Queensland (Australia) Police Service, and Sergeant Renee Mitchell from the Sacramento Police Department. For those interested in attending, the panel’s presentation is Saturday, October 24, at 10:00 AM.

Charlie Scheer is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at University of Southern Mississippi.

Facebook Grant to Study Cyberbullying and Teen Dating Violence

MSU CJ Alumni Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

Justin Patchin (left) and Sameer Hinduja (right)

2004 Ph.D. alumni Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin recently received a Facebook grant to study cyberbullying and teen dating violence.  The goal of the study is to shine a light on the nationwide prevalence, frequency and scope of cyberbullying and electronic dating violence among a population of youth.

Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin are co-directors of the Cyberbullying Research Center.  Hinduja received the Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award for 2015 from Auburn University for his efforts and contributions on the subject and recently spoke on Capitol Hill at a Congressional Briefing about cyberbullying and teen dating violence.

Read the full story here.