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Dr. Stevenson
Dr. Quanda Watson-Stevenson
Program Director and Assistant Professor for Criminal Justice

Dr. Stevenson received a dual bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science; Masters degree in Criminal Justice; and an Interdisciplinary doctorate which consists of a Public Administration, Higher Education, Education Administration, Human Development, and Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama. Her research concentrations are bullying, school violence and incidents, high-risk students, child welfare, drug courts, intervention and prevention of school violence, juvenile justice and delinquency, truancy, women and minorities in the criminal justice system, and law and policy.

Dr. Stevenson has worked in higher education for over 15 years; teaching students at The University of Alabama, The University of West Alabama, Miles College, and Athens State University. She is currently the Program Director and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Child Advocacy Student Training (C.A.S.T.) and Juvenile Justice concentration at Athens State University. She has taught a wide variety of criminal justice, sociology and public administrative courses. She has received several certifications, including Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Training from The National Drug Court Institute. She has also developed several academic related programs, such as, Moot Court and Mock Trial for undergraduate students. She has presented research related to school violence and crime at several national, state, and local conferences. In fact, she has hosted workshops for SROs in the Tuscaloosa County area. She is currently working with the Tuscaloosa City Police Department as well as the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department to assist with analyzing their SROs performance and school incidents. She is in the process of submitting several research articles related to the research she has conducted over the past 8 years regarding school incidents in Alabama schools.

During the summer of 2011, Dr. Stevenson received an opportunity to present her research to the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. Her research was used to determine the validity of the use of SROs and the occurrence of school incidents in the schools within that school district. In addition, she hosted two research and assessment training workshops for SROs during the “2012 Safe School Conference” for The Alabama Association of School Resource Officers (TAASRO). In 2013, she was selected as a member of the Northern District of Alabama Federal Anti-Bullying Campaign Task Force for the United States Attorney’s Office; US Attorney Joyce Vance’s Office. In 2013, she also presented at the 29th National Symposium on Child Abuse on the topic of Domestic Violence and Dating Abuse among High School Students. She also presented during the Project S.A.F.E.: Stopping Abuse in the Family Environment’s “Identifying Effective Solutions” conference. Research topic: “Step Up and Stop the Bullying” as a Preface. In 2014, she was a co-presenter and researcher for presentation proposal and submission for National Art Education Association (NAEA); topic: “Truancy Intervention Program of Alabama Art Projects on Truancy”.

Jess Brown
Dr. Jess Brown
Professor of Political Science and Justice Studies

Dr. Jess Brown has an undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University with majors in both History and Political Science. He earned the Ph.D. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in 1981. Dr. Brown teaches courses in the sub-fields of constitutional law, elections and voting behavior, state and local government, criminal justice process, and public policy. He has co-authored a civics textbook on American government, published articles in academic journals, and frequently participates in discipline-related community service activities in the north Alabama region. He is the former President of the Alabama Political Science Association and was elected by his peers as Presiding Officer of the Faculty Senate at Athens State.
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Tim Jones
Dr. Tim Jones
Professor of Justice Studies and Public Safety Administration
Dr. Tim Jones is a Professor of Justice Studies at Athens State University. Dr. Jones's area of interest is primarily in law enforcement. He has taught criminal justice at the collegiate level since 1983. Prior to this, he served as a peace officer for two Alabama law enforcement agencies. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, his M.S. from Auburn University Montgomery, and his Ed.D. from Auburn University. In 1996, he was the recipient of a Canadian Studies Grant in community and problem-oriented policing.

Jerry Armor
Dr. Jerry Armor
Associate Professor of Justice Studies
Dr. Jerry Armor is an Associate Professor of Justice Studies at Athens State University. Dr. Armor's areas of interest include corrections and juvenile justice. He has taught criminal justice at the collegiate level since 1981. Prior to this, he served as a juvenile probation officer and a psychologist in the Alabama prison system. He received his Bachelor's degree from Samford University, his Master's from Troy State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He has published numerous articles, as well as a chapter in a national textbook.

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