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The majority of the Criminal Justice faculty teach both face-to-face and online classes and hold on-campus office hours. Those faculty who are off-campus are available to “meet” with students via email, phone calls and/or web conferencing. Please see the individual faculty profiles below to learn more about office/meeting hours.

William Brown, Professor

Veterans entangled in CJ, Veteran Re-Acculturation Processes, Militarization of Law Enforcement, Ethnic Minority Issues Related to CJ, and The impact of Criminal Law on Corrections


Maaske 215



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Mondays & Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 PM


William B. Brown is a Professor, with a PhD in Sociology, in the Criminal Justice Department at Western Oregon University.

His research includes prisoner reintegration, sentencing processes, youth gangs, homelessness, and other topics related to incarcerated persons.  His current research centers on the resocialization experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.  Dr. Brown served as an infantryman with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, a Drill Sergeant, and eventually went to Officer Candidate School where he received an Infantry Commission.  His final military assignment was with B Company 75th Rangers.  When the Vietnam War ended he resigned his commission.

Drawing from his military experiences and sociology background his research examines the effects of the Military Total Institution on the resocialization processes of young female and male veterans as they navigate back into the civilian culture.  Topics related to this research include education, employment, veteran’s services, significant others of veterans, and veterans entangled in the criminal justice system, which have been published in journals and books nationally and internationally.

He has provided sociological evaluations and/or testimony in more than 50 cases involving veteran defendants across the country, which includes 10 veteran homicide cases.  He is currently the executive director of the Bunker Project, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and monitoring referrals to services for veterans and their families.

Vivian Djokotoe, Professor, Department Head

Statistics, Research Methods,Youth Crime, Restorative Justice, and Community Crime Prevention


Maaske 207



Office Hours:

FALL 2015: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Wednesdays: By appointment only, please email.


Dr. Djokotoe worked with street children through a UNICEF program in her native country Ghana prior to moving to the United States, and spent seven years working at Trillium Family Services, a residential facility for at-risk youth prior to working here at WOU.

Her current research focuses on risks and protective factors for family and youth violence prevention, and on restorative justice in criminal justice, focusing her cross-cultural research on indigenous groups in Ghana, as well as on Native Americans and Aboriginals in Canada. She has conducted restorative justice research in Ghana, and won a grant from the Canadian Government to conduct research in Canada. Her research in the United States has occurred through her involvement with Polk County Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.


Dr. Djokotoe’s recent publications include a book on street children in 2012 (see citation below), as well as articles on children’s lives and foreign aid in Africa. Some of her publications appear under her previous last name Amantana.

Recent Book:

Amantana, Vivian, (2012) A Sociological Study of Street Children in Ghana: Victims of Kinship Breakdown and Rural Urban Migration. Edwin Mellen Press, NY

For more information regarding Dr. Djokotoe’s book, please visit: http://mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=8429&pc=9

Stephen Gibbons, Professor

Criminology,Corrections, Drug Use in American Society, and Criminological Theory


Maaske 205



Office Hours:

Dr. Gibbons is on sabbatical for Fall & Winter quarter


Dr. Gibbons is a full professor at Western Oregon University, where he has taught since 1986.  Dr. Gibbons has published in the areas of juvenile alcohol and drug use, correctional institutions, prisoner rehabilitation, community corrections, and the effectiveness of criminal justice internships.

His teaching interests include criminology, community corrections, juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol use, theories of crime and delinquency, comparative criminal justice systems, and the US criminal justice system.

BA Idaho State University: Sociology

MA Washington State University: Sociology

PhD Washington State University: Sociology

Terry Gingerich, Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

Police History, Ethics, Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis, CJ Policy, Comparative CJ, and Police Management


Maaske 201



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Tuesdays 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM,

Wednesdays 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM


Prior to entering academia, Dr. Terry E. Gingerich served 25 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), retiring in 1996 as a sergeant.  He worked a variety of assignments with the LASD, including tours in custody, patrol, administration, and detective divisions.  Prior to joining the LASD, he was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC.

He served four and half years in the USMC (1963-1968).  He holds basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory certificates from the California Commission of Police Officer Standards and Training.  He is a member of the Police Administration Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Crime Analyst, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Asian Association of Police Studies.

Dr. Gingerich’s research interests include police history, ethics, crime and criminal intelligence analysis, criminal justice policy, comparative criminal justice, and police management.   He is married and has five children and seven grandchildren.

BA University of San Francisco

MA California State University Los Angeles

PhD Washington State University


Dr. Gingerich has coauthored one book: Law Enforcement in the United States (3rd edition, 2011).  He has also published in the Asian Journal of Criminology, the Justice Policy Journal and Asian Politics and Policy.

David Murphy, Professor

American History of Crime, Policing, Community Corrections, and Internships


Maaske 213



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:50 PM- 3:50 PM,

Wednesdays: By appointment only, please email.


David Murphy is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Western Oregon University.  His current research agenda is focused on exploring how crime has shaped the course of American history.  His other active research projects include an assessment of the benefits of undergraduate internship experiences and a study of the attitudes of death row inmates on the topic of organ donation.

BS Truman State University: Criminal Justice

MA Washington State University:Criminal Justice

PhD Washington State University: Political Science


David regularly presents his research at national and regional conferences, including the annual meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.

He has published in Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Justice Policy Journal.  He has contributed chapters to Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (2007, edited by Craig Hemmens) and The Inmate Prison Experience (2003, edited by Mary Stohr).

His first book, Making Police-Probation Partnerships Work (LFB Scholarly) was published in 2005.

Scott Tighe, Assistant Professor

Homeland Security & Community Preparedness and Native Americans Involved in CJ System


Maaske 206



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Tuesdays 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM, Thursdays 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM,

or by appointment, please email.


Dr. Tighe’s teaching experience includes classroom instruction in homeland security, fire science, and political science courses.  As an assistant professor of criminal justice at Western Oregon University, Dr. Tighe teaches Introduction to Homeland Security; Developing Homeland Security Practices; Implementing Homeland Security Strategies. Currently, as an adjunct instructor at Chemeketa Community College, he teaches the political science series including American Government, State and Local Government, Legislative Processes, and International Relations.

Dr. Tighe has over 20 years of executive level management experience in Oregon state government. His past experience includes holding the positions of senior program manager at the Western Oregon Policing Institute; the director of the Standards and Certification Division, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training; deputy administrator, Oregon OSHA; and manager, State Elections Division, Secretary of State’s Office.  Dr. Tighe also has past experience as a full time and volunteer firefighter.

BGS Ohio University: History
MA Ohio University: American Government
PhD Miami University (Ohio): Political Science

Misty Weitzel, Assistant Professor

Forensic Anthropology, Female Veterans, and Race & Racism


Maaske 203



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Wednesdays 1:00 AM- 4:00 PM


Misty Weitzel is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University specializing in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology.

She has conducted fieldwork in the U.S., Canada, Siberia, and Cyprus with publications on human decomposition and taphonomy, Bronze Age Siberian bioarchaeology, analysis of burned human remains and pedagogical methods.  Her current research involves tracking the level of microbial activity in soils surrounding decomposing pigs over time.  The goal is to demonstrate that diversity and population levels of bacteria may provide clues to time since death for a time period that has traditionally been difficult for forensic scientists to ascertain.

Another research focus is to provide osteobiographical information from individuals recovered from the Episkopi-Bamboula site on the south coast of Cyprus and report any pathological conditions and important anomalies that can be found in the bones and teeth.

BA Oregon State University
MAIS Oregon State University
PhD University of Alberta, Canada


She serves as a monthly columnist for Anthropology News ( http://www.anthropology-news.org/), the official newspaper of the American Anthropological Association.  Her column entitled Pedagogical Approaches in Bioanthropology has so far dealt with topics such as teaching forensic anthropology courses online and race-related issues – topics pertinent to criminal justice. She is also a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT), a federal level response team designed to provide mortuary assistance in the case of a mass fatality or cemetery related incident.

Jesse Barton, NTT Instructor


Maaske 224


Office Hours:

FALL 2015:

Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 AM- 11:45 AM  or by appointment, please email.


Jesse Wm. Barton is a graduate of Coquille High School, Coquille, Oregon; the United States Army Field Artillery School’s artillery surveyor course; the University of Oregon; and the Willamette University College of Law. He practices law in Salem, and is an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Western Oregon University.

BS University of Oregon, 1980: Public Affairs

Willamette University College of Law, 1986: Doctor of Jurisprudence

Omar Melchor-Ayala, NTT Instructor


Maaske 214



Office Hours:

FALL 2015: Wednesdays 9:45 AM- 11:30 AM

or by appointment, please email.


Omar Melchor-Ayala has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University and a minor in Spanish (2006-2009). While studying at Western, he was a part of the PLUS team, Mecha, MSU, and was a recipient of the diversity scholarship. After graduation, he was offered a teaching assistantship at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas where he also earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on research.

Currently, he has been accepted in the doctoral degree in sociology at Portland State University where he also received a teaching assistantship.

While at UNLV, he acquired co-teaching experience in the following courses:

  • CRJ 104 Introduction to Administration of Justice
  • CRJ 270 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRJ 315 Hate Crimes
  • CRJ 411 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • CJ 425 Correctional Institutions
  • CRJ 428 Women and Crime

Omar has also worked at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility as an educator and mentor within the Hispanic community for two years. Moreover, he has several papers in preparation for publication, mainly regarding Hispanic issues and the criminal justice system in the United States.

BS Western Oregon University: Criminal Justice

MS University of Nevada in Las Vegas: Criminal Justice

National Conference Presentations:

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, February 6, 2010; San Diego, CA
“Following the Lead of Barack Obama, CNN, and Ashton Kutcher: Police Department’s Use of Twitter”

Graduate Research Symposium UNLV 2010 Poster Presentation
“Following the Lead of Barack Obama, CNN, and Ashton Kutcher: Police Department’s Use of Twitter”

American Society of Criminology, November 5, 2009; Philadelphia, PA
“Homelessness to Jail and Back Again”

Janelle Moore, NTT Professor


Maaske 204


Office Hours:

FALL 2015: In Maaske Hall Rm MA 204: Mondays 5-6 PM (Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, & 30)

Online: Wednesdays 7-9 PM


Dr. Janelle Moore is a forensic scientist at the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division, Portland Laboratory, where she specializes in DNA analysis of biological materials on crime scene evidence.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Microbiology followed by a Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics from the University of Texas Health Science Center.  Before joining the Oregon State Police, she performed molecular biology research at the United States Air Force Academy and Reed College, and spent quality classroom time teaching high school students about all areas of science.  Dr. Moore is passionate about sharing knowledge about her science as well as learning lessons from others.

Jennifer Moreno, NTT Instructor


Maaske 224


Office Hours:

Winter 2016


Jennifer Moreno is an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Western Oregon University.

Jennifer earned her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University, developing a foundational basis of legal knowledge including criminal law, evidence, criminal and civil procedure, legal interviewing and writing, constitutional law, juvenile law, and also received specialized mediation certification from the State of Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution.

Working predominately within the law enforcement field since graduating from law school, she had the privilege of participating in ongoing advanced officer training and earned several specialty certifications and special assignment details including:

AZ POST General Instructor, IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association), NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers), BOMAC (Critical Incident training), certified HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus), Advanced Field Sobriety, Off-Duty Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, Administrative/Grants Officer, Training Coordinator, School Resource Officer, and Public Information Officer

Most recently, in addition to patrol, Jennifer was tasked with administering grants, coordinating the training for her department and managing a multitude of administrative functions including serving as a liaison with the state licensing board for public safety, writing budget analysis reports and developing operation plans in accordance with FEMA Incident Command System requirements while serving as a liaison with both public safety organizations and community groups.

As an instructor, she strives to integrate practical police experience, to serve as a professional resource for students pursuing a criminal justice career and to explore current legal issues and evolving police culture and techniques.

BS Arizona State University: Justice Studies

JD Creighton University School of Law

Tom O’Connor, NTT Assistant Professor


Maaske 224


Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Monday 2:30 PM – 4:40 PM

or by appointment, please email.


Tom O’Connor grew up in Ireland and qualified as a solicitor (attorney) in the Irish legal system after leaving high school. Tom has degrees in law, philosophy, theology and counseling. His Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America focused on Religion and Culture in the US Penal System.

Tom has been nationally certified in the US as a chaplain and a counsellor. He is trained in many evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory. Tom also incorporates Dialogue Coaching and the “Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization” process into his work to bring about personal and organizational transformation.

Most recently Tom worked as a research manager for two years and as the head chaplain for eight years with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Tom has published, trained, and coached widely on change management, organizational development, the contribution of chaplaincy and volunteers to corrections, the role of humanistic, spiritual and religious ways of making meaning in the desistance process, and implementing evidence-based practices in corrections.

BA University College Dublin: Civil Law

MS Loyola College: Pastoral Counseling

PhD Catholic University of America: Religion and Culture in the US Penal System

Rich Robison, NTT Instructor


Maaske 204



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  None


  • Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor, Polk County Juvenile Department, Dallas, OR, July 2012 to Present.
  • Lead Juvenile Probation Officer, Polk County Juvenile Department, Dallas, OR, July 2001 to June 2012.
  • Juvenile Probation Officer II, Polk County Juvenile Department, Dallas, OR, August 1995 to July 2001.
  • Juvenile Probation Officer I, Polk County Juvenile Department, Dallas, OR, November 1993 to August 1995.
  • Certified Trainer, Oregon Juvenile Department Director’s Association, August 1997 to Present.
  • Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR, March 1994 to Present.
  • Police Officer, Independence Police Department, April 1990 to November 1993.

BS Western Oregon State College: Law Enforcement
MS Western Oregon State College: Correctional Administration
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training: Instructor Development Course
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: Train the Trainers Course

Amy Stutzenberger, NTT Instructor


Maaske 211



Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM

and by appointment, please email.


Amy is an instructor for the Criminal Justice Department at Western Oregon University. She is currently finishing her doctorate from the University in Cincinnati. Her research interests include exploring the nature, causes and prevention of criminogenic places and victimnization such as intimate partner violence, school, and workplace. Her current research projects include exploring pathways to bullying victimization, as well as examining the extent and nature of workplace violence using the Workplace Risk Supplement of the National Crime Victimization Survey.

BS University of Louisville: Justice Administration
MS University of Cincinnati: Criminal Justice
PhD Anticipated 2015 University of Cincinnati: Criminal Justice


Amy has co-authored various works such as entries in the Encyclopedia of Street Crime, Guide to Preventing Vandalism and Theft in Cemeteries, chapter in The Handbook of Security (Second Ed.), and article in Victims and Offenders.

Nici Vance, NTT Professor


Maaske 204



Office Hours:

FALL 2015: Tues/Thurs 5 PM to 8 PM, by phone, 603-932-8130


Dr. Nici Vance is the Forensic Anthropologist for the Oregon State Police Medical Examiner Division, and a Forensic Scientist for the OSP Forensic Services Division.  Since 1995, Dr. Vance has been a Forensic Biologist, a crime scene analyst and an advanced bloodstain pattern analyst as well as providing Forensic Anthropology services to the state of Oregon.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Montana, a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Pretoria (South Africa).  Her main interests are the biomechanics of human skeletal trauma,  macromorphoscopic analysis of unidentified human remains, and taphonomic processes.

Harry White, NTT Assistant Professor




Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Please email for online appointment


I began my law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff in Clark County, WA.  Throughout my law enforcement career I performed the full range of law enforcement duties as a patrol officer, detective, polygraph examiner and senior manager. While working full time I constantly pursued higher education and received an A.A.S., B.S. in Administration of Justice and M.Ed in criminal justice education.

Upon completion of my M.Ed. degree I returned to active duty in the Army where I continued my professional development as a criminal investigator. I have held every rank in the Army from Private to Chief Warrant Officer.  Upon retirement I spent three years as an instructor and chair of the criminal justice program at my alma mater, Clark College in Vancouver, WA.

I hold an MPA and Ph.D from Portland State University. Upon completion of those studies I accepted a position with The University of Texas at Brownsville. I specialized in law enforcement and criminal investigations. I developed and presented training to area police officers and supervisors under the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). I achieved the rank of Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.  My next position ultimately resulted in becoming Department Chair, Criminal Justice Department, Eastern Washington University. Before arriving at WOU in 2007, I spent two years as a visiting professor at Anyang and Guangzhou Universities in China. All of these positions were very rewarding and increased my interest in the international aspects of education and criminal justice.

It has been reported that less than two percent of teachers are ever selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers. I have been so honored and exceptionally proud as being selected for inclusion four times in five award years of 1996, 1998, and 2000, and 2004.  This honor is based on student recommendations, which makes it even more prestigious.

Throughout my professional and academic career I have witnessed incredible changes both in the criminal justice system and the manner in which information transfer takes place. All of the tasks in my courses are specifically focused on relating theory to the real world of criminal justice.

Greg Willeford, NTT Instructor


Maaske 214




Office Hours:

FALL 2015:  Mondays 1:30 AM- 4:30 PM

or by appointment, please email.


Gregory M. Willeford, “Greg”:  consultant, writer, educator, public servant, owner of Willeford Group and Director of the Discovery Leadership Institute.

In addition to the work of Willeford Group and the Institute, Greg is on faculty as an Adjunct Instructor at Western Oregon University (WOU), researching and teaching a variety of contemporary topics within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Criminal Justice Division.  Greg has been studying and teaching management, leadership, and organization development courses from a behavioral science background at WOU since 2005, using both in-class and E-Learning delivery methods.

Greg served Oregon for over 29 years with the Oregon State Police, being assigned to numerous supervisory, management, and executive positions.  Greg finished his career with Oregon State Police as the Deputy Superintendent (2008).

Greg leads his life as a continual learner and has over 34 years of hands-on public, private, and non-profit management experience.  Greg refines and develops his skills and leadership development services through study, coaching others, lecturing, training, and serving on diverse boards, committees, and work groups.

Greg holds an undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.  Greg is certified in coaching and consulting in Whole Systems IQ and Appreciative Inquiry (AI).  Greg is also a graduate of the Pacific Program (1997), FBI National Academy (1998), and Oregon Executive Development Program (2000).  During the course of Greg’s public safety career, he earned his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive level certificates from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

BS Portland State University: Administration of Justice
EMPA Portland State University: Public Administration

Criminal Justice Program: (503) 838-8733, criminaljustice@wou.edu

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