Criminology & Criminal Justice

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

 

Letter From Program Head

I am now in my 11th year here at UTD and as I transition into my new role as program head, it is amazing to reflect back on the changes I have witnessed within our vibrant campus and program. When I started here as a junior professor in 2006, there were fewer than 15,000 students on our campus. Today, we are rapidly approaching 28,000 enrolled students and we see our campus being transformed with new additions.

Denise Boots

Dr. Denise P. Boots, PhD
Program Head & Associate
Professor of Criminology

That theme of growth continues in our Criminology program as we welcome two new faculty members who have joined our ranks this semester — Dr. Jon Mask├íly and Dr. Andy Wheeler. This fall, the Criminology Program also welcomed Rita Medford as our new graduate program assistant. Please welcome these new faculty and staff members to our program if you see them on campus.

Additionally, the Executive Justice Administration and Leadership (JAL) MS program continues to expand into new areas. This past fall, the program welcomed students in management and executive positions from various police departments (e.g., Dallas, McKinney), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

I am very proud of the contributions that our faculty and graduate students have made to our understanding of crime and deviant behavior. As 2016 winds down to a close, I want to wish our faculty, students and staff a wonderful holiday season with your families. UTD will close to observe the winter break from December 21st until January 2nd.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Criminology Program and contact our Ph.D. Advisor, Dr. Nadine Connell, with any questions regarding the doctoral program. If you have advising questions about the MS program, please contact Nora Hernandez or Christina Rhodes, and for the undergraduate program, the EPPS Advisors. Wishing you all the very best in 2017!