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Gerald Bayens

Professor, Criminal Justice/Associate Dean
School of Applied Studies
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Washburn University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Alabama, Master of Criminal Justice
Union Institute & Univ, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Ph.D. (1998) Criminal Justice with Interdisciplinary Study in Political Science, The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH.

M.S. (1995) Criminal Justice, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

B.A. (1989) Criminal Justice, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Professor of Criminal Justice, Washburn University, 2008 to present.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Washburn University, 2003-2007.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Washburn University, 1998-2002.

Instructor of Criminal Justice, Washburn University, 1996-1998.

Scholarly Interests/Activities

Latest publications include:

Bayens, G. (2017). Man-Hunters of the Old West. Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains Volume 40, (3): 220. 

Bayens, G. (2017). Frontier Kansas Jails. Mount Pleasant, SC: The History Press.

Grant, E., Dahl, P. and Bayens, G. (2016). Using ELVIS to measure experiential learning in criminal justice internships. Research in Higher Education Journal, 30, (1): 1-17.

Bayens, G. (2015). Frontier jails in Territorial Kansas. Heritage of the Great Plains 4,8 (1): 40-70. Bayens, G. and Smykla, J. (2013). Probation, Parole, and Community-Based Corrections: Supervision, Treatment, and Evidence-Based Practices. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing. Birzer, M., Bayens, G. & Roberson, C. (2012). Principles of Leadership and Management in Law Enforcement. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press: Taylor and Francis LLC. Bayens, G. & Roberson, C. (2010). Research Methods in Criminal Justice: Theory and Practice (2nd. Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press: Taylor and Francis LLC.

Service Interests/Activities

Dr. Bayens worked in the criminal justice field for 22 years as a police officer, correctional officer, and corrections administrator. He is a former Special Agent of the K.B.I. and Director of Juvenile Corrections and Intensive Supervised Probation. Dr. Bayens served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974-1978.

Career Accomplishments
  • Chairperson, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, March 2004– June 2014. 
  • Director of Juvenile Corrections, Shawnee County Department of Corrections, Topeka, KS (1989– 1996). 
  • Division Manager, Shawnee County Adult Detention Facility Topeka, KS (1981– 1989).
  • Deputy Sheriff, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, Topeka, KS (1980– 1981).
  • Special Agent, Kansas Bureau of Investigations, Topeka, KS (1978– 1980).