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Frank Schmalleger

Frank Schmalleger, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Dr. Schmalleger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and both a master’sand a doctorate in sociology from. The Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology.From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, serving for many years as a tenured full professor. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Schmalleger helped develop a graduate program in security management and loss prevention that is currently offered on U.S. military bases around the world. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade, focusing primarily on computer and information security. Dr. Schmalleger also has taught int he New School for Social Research online graduate program,helping build the world’s first electronic classrooms for criminal justice distance learning.

Dr. Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including Criminal Justice Today (Prentice Hall,2017), Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice Hall,2018), Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2017), and Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 2016). He is founding editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies (formerly The Justice Professional)and has served as imprint advisor for Greenwood Publishing Group’s criminal justice reference series.Dr. Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning web sites (including the former cybrary.info and crimenews.info). He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, and the Society of Police Futurists International (where he is a founding member).

John Smykla

John Ortiz Smykla, PhD, is Director and Professor of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.He has held appointments at the University of Alabama, the University of South Alabama, and the University of West Florida. He earned the interdisciplinary social science PhD in criminal justice, sociology, and anthropology from Michigan State University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from California State University at Northridge.

Dr. Smykla has authored or edited five corrections books,including Probation, Parole, and Community Based Corrections(2013) and Offender Reentry: Rethinking Criminology and Criminal Justice (2014). His coauthored data set Executions in the United States, 1608–2003: The Espy File, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is one of the most frequently requested criminal justice data files from the University of Michigan’s Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Dr. Smykla has published more than 50 research articles on corrections and policing issues. He is currently engaged in a five-year study of federal reentry court for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, and a multi-year investigation of police and community perceptions of police-work body cameras. Dr. Smykla has delivered more than 60 conference papers in the United States and abroad. In 1986, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and Uruguay.

Dr. Smykla is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Southern Criminal Justice Association.In 1996, the Southern Criminal Justice Association named him Educator of the Year. In 1997, he served as program chair for the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2000, he served as president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. In 2010, the University of West Florida named him a Distinguished University Professor.