Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

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Phone: 785.670.1411

Meet Our Faculty and Staff


Criminal Justice Faculty

Ryan Alexander, Ph.D.             

Associate Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.2075
ryan.alexander@washburn.edu

Rm 203D
Benton Hall


Patricia Dahl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.1413
patricia.dahl@washburn.edu


Rm 203B
Benton Hall


Erin Grant, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.2216
erin.grant@washburn.edu


Rm 201B
Benton Hall


Jason Jolicoeur, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies


   Faculty

785.670.2057
jason.jolicoeur@washburn.edu

Rm 201D
Benton Hall


Leslie-Dawn Quick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.1416
leslie.quick@washburn.edu

RM 203C
Benton Hall


Melanie Worsley, JD.

Assistant Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.1410
melanie.worsley@washburn.edu

Rm 201C
Benton Hall


Michael Van Stratton

Visiting Distinguished Lecturer,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

785.670.2217
michael.vanstratton@washburn.edu

Rm 201
Benton Hall


Legal Studies Faculty 

Amy Memmer, JD.

Assistant Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.1478
amy.memmer@washburn.edu

Rm 203
Benton Hall


Michelle Watson

Assistant Professor,
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

   Faculty

785.670.1659
michelle.watson@washburn.edu

Rm 203A
Benton Hall



Staff

Susan Kobzar

Sr Adm. Assistant,
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

785.670.1411
susan.kobzar@washburn.edu

Rm 201
Benton Hall
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621


Emeritus Professors

Thedore Heim ImageThedore Heim

Ted Heim has taught in the Criminal Justice program since it was established in 1971. Prior beginning college teaching at the University of Kansas and Missouri Western, he served as an air police officer and squadron commander and held a variety of positions in the Kansas Prison system, concluding his service as warden of the Reception and Diagnostic Center in Topeka. His teaching and research interests include prisons and their management, correctional history, and staff development. He is active in professional organizations and continues to serve on a number of advisory boards for community corrections. He completed his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University and his master's in political science at the University of Kansas. He also has completed additional graduate work at the George Washington University, University of Kansas, and Kansas State University. He was awarded emeritus status in 1998, but continues to teach courses in his areas of interest on a part-time basis. He can be reached at ted.heim@washburn.edu   

Samuel Newland

Dr Newland began teaching online courses for Washburn University in 2000, some 17 years ago, while he was still a faculty member at the Army War College. Upon retirement from the Army in 2007 he became a part time instructor at Washburn teaching Military & Strategic Studies for the Criminal Justice department until his retirement from the university in 2017.

Cliff RobersonCliff Roberson

Dr. Roberson received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and  history from the  University of Missouri; his J.D. in law from American University Graduate Study at the University of Virginia-Judge Advocate General's School; his LLM in Criminal Law, Criminology, and Psychiatry from George Washington University; and his Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Leadership from U.S. International University.  Prior to joining the Criminal Justice Department, Dr. Roberson was an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas (1978-1983); Director of Programs for the National College of District Attorneys, University of Houston School of Law (1983-1984); the Director of the Justice Center and Professor Criminal Justice at California State University, Fresno (1984-1991); the Director and a Professor of the C.J. Program, University of Houston-Victoria (1991-1993); the Dean of Arts and  Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria (1993-1995); the Associate Vice-President for Academics, Arkansas Tech (1995-1996); and Staff Counsel, State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice (1996-1997). He has published, authored, and co-authored 40 books. He can be reached at cliff.roberson@washburn.edu.