Fall 2022

Student Organizations Donate Over 1,500 Pounds of Food to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

December 10, 2022

The Fall 2022 “Cans for Credit” food drive resulted in the largest donation to date: 1,510 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! Cans for Credit is coordinated by the three department student organizations each semester (Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Student Organization, and the Mock Trial Association) and takes place in November and April each year. Faculty members who participate offer nominal extra credit for canned food donations.

Department Faculty Recognized as Honored Instructors

November 29, 2022

Mrs. Heather Douglas and Mr. Chad Jordan were recognized for their invaluable contributions to student learning. One or more student(s) who reside in Campus Living recognized each for having significantly impacted their educational experience here at ECU. Congratulations! Honored Instructors were recognized during an event on November 29.

Department Faculty Present Research at American Society of Criminology Conference

November 25, 2022

Several Criminal Justice faculty members attended the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta, GA to make the following presentations:

Dr. Steven Brewer: “Longitudinal evaluation of mass shooting events in the United States”
Dr. Sara Bryson: “Perceptions of harm and seriousness in cyberbullying incidents
Dr. Logan Kennedy: “An examination of land use and crime: a Las Vegas study” and “Accessibility and innovations in undergraduate research methods courses”
Dr. Michelle Malkin: “Feminist convict criminology for the future” and “Successes and failures of a gambling diversion treatment court: an evaluation”
Dr. Michele Stacey: “The immigration/hate crime link”
Dr. Scott Walfield: “Patterning of sexual violence against women across US cities and counties”

Criminal Justice Alumnus and ECU PD Master Patrol Officer Receives UNC System’s Valor Award

November 21, 2022

Michael Fecteau, a Master Patrol Officer with the East Carolina University Police Department, received the Valor Award from the University of North Carolina System. Along with fellow officer William Brown, he was recognized for helping three students in mental health crises at different times last year. Fecteau is a department alumnus, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in security studies. In the accompanying news story, Fecteau stated “I am humbled and honored to be receiving this award. Being able to help people is the reason I became a police officer and to be recognized for it is a privilege.”

Department Faculty Present Research at Fall Academic Conferences

October 5, 2022

Several Criminal Justice faculty members attended academic conferences in September. Dr. Walfield and Dr. Bryson participated in the Southern Criminal Justice Association conference in Asheville, NC. Dr. Walfield presented “Patterning of sexual violence against women across US cities and counties,” and Dr. Bryson presented “Is it (cyber)bullying? Assessing adult perceptions of bullying and cyberbullying using a mixed-methods approach.” Dr. Mark Jones attended the European Society of Criminology Conference in Malaga, Spain, and presented “US history viewed through the lens of high-profile assassinations and crimes.”

Mr. Allsbrook Honored During Faculty Appreciation Night

September 30, 2022

Mr. Richard Allsbrook, Teaching Instructor, was honored during Faculty Appreciation Night at yesterday’s women’s soccer game. A current student and member of the soccer team invited him to attend because he is “a faculty member that has had a positive impact” while she has been at ECU.

Dr. Bonner’s Recent Co-Authored Research Focuses on How Police Officers Utilize Mental Health Resources

September 19, 2022

A recent ECU news story highlights how Dr. Heidi Bonner, with co-author Dr. Allison Crowe (professor of counselor education), combined their knowledge of mental health stigma and law enforcement to publish two articles on mental health and wellness programming needs for police officers. The findings of their work echo some of the practices implemented by the Greenville Police Department and the ECU Police Department.

Department Faculty Sign Book Contracts

September 16, 2022

Dr. James Anderson recently signed a book contract with Routledge Taylor & Francis Group to write Violence and Crime: A Public Health Approach. Dr. Mark Jones recently signed a third book contract with Cognella Publishing to write the second edition of Criminal Justice Pioneers in US History. His other contracts include A History of the United States through High-Profile Assassinations and Assassinations Throughout US History: The Events and Their Contemporary Implications.

Corrections Students Tour Pitt County Detention Center

September 9, 2022

Students in Mr. Chad Jordan’s Correctional Systems course had a chance to tour the Pitt County Detention Center. Tours of criminal justice environments help expose students to the reality of such settings and, in the case of a tour of a jail, correct misperceptions about the facility, and those who are incarcerated or work there.

Dr. Malkin’s Problem-Based Gambling Work Gaining Attention

September 6, 2022

Dr. Michelle Malkin’s work on problem gambling is featured on the ECU blog. The feature focuses on gambling-motivated crimes, the effect problem gambling has on family and co-workers, and Malkin’s current research projects. Malkin also discusses the need for a different approach in responding to problem-gambling, including the potential of gambling treatment diversion courts.

Five Faculty Earn Quality Matters Certification for Online Courses

August 30, 2022

Five faculty have earned Quality Matters (QM) certification for their development of online courses:

  • JUST 1000: Dan Culver
  • JUST 2004: Michele Stacey
  • JUST 2012: Keri Grimsley
  • JUST 3200: Sara Bryson
  • JUST 3800: Steven Brewer

Faculty received support from the Office for Faculty Excellence to pursue QM certification. QM is a research-supported program designed to encourage quality in online and other digital teaching and learning environments. Through a rigorous rubric-based review process, the design of an online course is evaluated on a set of eight General Standards and 42 Specific Review Standards.

Department Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

August 15, 2022

Mr. Richard Allsbrook is a new Teaching Instructor, although his face may be familiar – he has taught as a part-time instructor for the department for decades! Mr. Allsbrook earned his MS in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. His teaching interests are policing, criminal investigation, and juvenile justice.

Dr. Michaela Flippin is a new Assistant Professor. Dr. Flippin earned her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Her research interests include formal social control, criminal justice policy, procedural justice, policing, and 911 call-taking. Her teaching interests include criminal justice principles, administration and management, criminology, and policing.

Dr. Logan Kennedy is a new Assistant Professor. Dr. Kennedy earned his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. His research interests include policing crowds and protests, police decision-making, police legitimacy and procedural justice, public policy and practice, and criminological theory. His teaching interests are policing, criminological theory, and research methods.

Mr. Erick Lindsey is a new Teaching Instructor. He earned his MA in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. His teaching interests include technology in criminal justice, community corrections, alternative sentencing, drug court programs, juvenile delinquency, race, class, and gender in criminal justice, and community policing.