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Phyllis Berry

Professor/Interim Chair
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
School of Applied Studies
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.2217
Degrees & Certifications
Wichita State University, Bachelor of General Studies
Wichita State University, Master of Criminal Justice
Oklahoma State University, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
Before coming to Washburn University in 2004, Dr. Berry taught at Butler County Community College, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Teaching
  • CJ 325 A, Applied Criminology
  • CJ 325 VA, Applied Criminology
  • CJ 360 A, Independent Study
  • CJ 400 A, Criminal Justice Research Meth
  • CJ 520 GVA, Criminal Justice Research
  • CJ 540 GVA, Ethics in Criminal Justice
Service Interests/Activities
Dr. Berry is very interested in advanced education for students interested in criminal justice.  She currently serves as the department's program director for the master's degree in criminal justice.  She also serves on the university's diversity committee and promotes equal opportunities for everyone.  One of her passions is International education.  She serves on the board of directors for the International Center of Topeka.  Another passion is social justice for all people at all levels.  She serves on the Citizen Review Board for Shawnee County's Court Appointment Special Advocate (CASA) agency.  Recently, she was asked to join a committee that will establish a coalition to address human trafficking in Shawnee County.
Career Accomplishments
Dr. Berry has published articles about the following topics: probation, incarcerated mothers, social control in ancient Spartan society, discrimination in the workplace, protective orders, benefits of student internships, domestic abuse, gun possession by juveniles, special offender populations, and intensive supervised probation and parole. Recently, Dr. Berry was asked to study human trafficking in Shawnee County. Dr. Berry is also interested in international social justice issues and is currently writing a paper about the restructuring of the Papuan tribes into an Indonesian province.