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Our faculty have extensive experience in the many aspects of criminal justice. They enjoy working with students on research projects, and their diverse interests mean you'll likely find a faculty mentor who will have some expertise in your area of interest and will be able to help you develop your experience and pursue your career goals.

 

Dr. Bruce Biggs

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise
Law Enforcement Operations and Organizational Dynamics, Crime Prevention, Police - Community Relations.

Background
Twenty-three years of service with the Lafayette (IN) Police Department, retired as a Captain (Division Commander). Assignments in all three major organizational divisions (Investigations, Patrol Operations, Support Services). Earned certification as a Law Enforcement Master Instructor, the highest instructor level offered by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board (ILETB).

Research Interests
Human relations in criminal justice organizations, police officer stress and job satisfaction, leadership theory, and, crime prevention, particularly as a foundation for community partnerships.

Education
PhD, Purdue University, 2016
MS, Purdue University, 2011
MS, Indiana State University, 1999
BS, University of Iowa, 1987

Fun facts
I met my spouse at a crime scene (I was the first responding police officer and she was an animal control officer).

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunity for experiential learning.

Contact Information
bpotters@uindy.edu
317-788-3562
Good Hall, 215

Bobby Potters, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Bobby A. Potters

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice

  • Practicing attorney, mostly in federal courts
  • JD

Areas of Expertise
interpersonal relationships, public policy, social norms, civility, law and society

Background
Has conducted public policy analysis of legislation affecting employment and labor; conducted conflict resolution through mediation and negotiation; and managed and participated in the development, construction and formal approval of administrative rules to implement the state’s expanded anti-housing discrimination law. Practices law mostly in federal courts and teaches sociology and criminal justice courses through the integration of applied life experiences.

Research Interests
the impact of school vouchers and charter schools on traditional public schools and the quality of education; globalization and social policy; another approach to the study and solution of racial and ethnic relations problems

Education
JD, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
MS, Sociology, Purdue University

Fun facts
As a young child, I was fascinated by what I observed about everyday people; I still am. I also enjoy cultivating and developing a butterfly garden.

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy, while maintaining its connection to its historical religious core, has reached out to welcome and embrace the world at large with all of its diversity with the simple tenet of “education for service.”

Contact Information
bpotters@uindy.edu
317-788-3562
Good Hall, 215

Dr. Kevin Whiteacre, Chair & Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Kevin Whiteacre

Chair & Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice

  • Experience in the correctional services field and published criminal justice author
  • PhD, Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise
corrections, program evaluation

Background
Before coming to UIndy, worked for five years as the Administrator of Research for the Salvation Army Correctional Services Program in Chicago, IL. Has published articles on an array of criminal justice topics and the book Drug Court Justice (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008).

Research Interests
metal theft, corrections, crime in Belize

Education
PhD, Criminal Justice, Indiana University
MS, Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina
BA, Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina

Fun facts
We have backyard chickens.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Including students in real world applied research projects.

Contact Information
whiteacrek@uindy.edu
317-788-4929
Good Hall, 201A

Dennis Williams, Assistant Professor & Director of the Criminal Justice Program

Dr. Dennis A. Williams

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice

  • Significant experience in law enforcement and the U.S. military; also a practicing attorney and partner in his law firm
  • JD

Areas of Expertise
law and law enforcement

Background
A former lieutenant in Boone County Sheriff’s Department, former Basic Course Commander in Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force/Indiana Air National Guard, and a partner in the law firm of Giddings, Whitsitt & Williams. On February 18, 2011, he received the “Distinguished Hoosier” Award from Governor Daniels.

Research Interests
federal and state constitutional law

Education
JD, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
MS, Psychrometry, Butler University
BS, Criminal Justice, Indiana University

Fun facts
I am an avid motorcycle rider.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Students!!

Contact Information
dwilliams@uindy.edu
317-788-3558
Good Hall


Adjunct Faculty

 

David Allender

Captain
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Investigations Division

  • BS, Criminal Justice, Indiana University
  • MA, Applied Sociology, University of Indianapolis

David Allender has been a police officer in Marion County since 1973, beginning with Indiana University Police Department and transitioning to Indianapolis Police Department in 1976. During his career, Mr. Allender has worked as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, and Supervisor in both Uniform and Investigations. Investigative Units supervised include Gangs, Narcotics, Juvenile and Missing Persons. While serving in Gang Unit he was a member of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force holding both local and federal arrest powers. Training received while an officer includes; Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, IPD (now IMPD) Academy, FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy and multiple specialized courses. He served as FBI Executive Fellow from September 2001 to March 2002, assigned to FBI HQ. In 2002 he was a member of an FBI sponsored team sent to Moscow, Russia to meet with police officers at their national training facility.

 

Christina Ball

Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Marion Superior Court Probation Department

  • MPA, Indiana University-Indianapolis
  • BS, Criminal Justice, Ball State University

Christina Ball has worked in the field of probation for more than 25 years. Currently, she is responsible for juvenile probation operations as the Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the Marion Superior Court Probation Department. Chris has also held prior positions with the Indiana Judicial Center, where she specialized in probation case classification and workload measures, as well as the Marion Superior Court Probation Department, Adult Services Division, where she oversaw the Field Team, programs, the Sex Offender unit, and various other administrative functions. She is also very active in state efforts. She is past-chair of the Probation Officers’ Advisory Board of the Judicial Conference of Indiana and is a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s inaugural Applied Leadership Network, recognizing leaders committed to juvenile justice system reform.

 

Tom Davidson

Special Counsel
Indiana Public Retirement System

  • JD, Indiana University School of Law
  • BS, Business Management, Indiana Wesleyan University

Tom Davidson has an extensive background in law enforcement, public service, and education.

Tom has served in a variety of positions with the state police, including forensics, investigations, command, training, crisis negotiations, and as legal advisor. He served on the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team from 1979 to 1993. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Indiana State Police Academy. As staff attorney for the Indiana State Police, he worked with the State Police Pension Trust Agreement. From 1999 to 2010, Tom was the General Counsel Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund. He is currently Special Counsel for the Indiana Public Retirement System.

 

Amy Karozos

Juvenile Project Manager
Indiana Public Defender Council

  • JD, Indiana University
  • BA, English Literature, Indiana University

Amy E. Karozos is an attorney with Indiana Public Defender Council (IPDC), serving as project manager for a federal grant to improve Indiana’s juvenile indigent defense services. She often assists with public defender trainings and is certified JTIP (Juvenile Training Immersion Program) trainer. Ms. Karozos has been a contract attorney for the Marion County Public Defender, Appellate Division, since 2007, and has argued before the Indiana Supreme Court in several cases. She was formerly a staff attorney with Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana, a not-for-profit agency. She started her career as a deputy public defender with the State Public Defender’s Office. She is a member and past chair of the ISBA Civil Rights of Children Committee.  Ms. Karozos was awarded IPDC’s Gault award in 2009 and ISBA’s Hon. Viola Taliaferro Award in 2012.

 

Michael Medler

Director
Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency

  • BA, Political Science/Pre-Law, Wabash College

Mike Medler began his career in law enforcement as a Trooper with the Indiana State Police operating out of the Fort Wayne District in 1976. Mr. Medler was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, working as a Crime Scene Technician investigating numerous crimes to include murder. He later advanced to the position of Lieutenant for the four satellite regional labs of the Indiana State Police, managing the Field Support Section of the forensic laboratory. In 2001, he was instrumental in the expansion plans of the new Indiana Forensic and Health Sciences laboratory in Indianapolis. In 2004, then Lt. Colonel Medler was appointed over the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, responsible for Criminal Investigations, Gaming and the Laboratory Division. In 2005, he retired from the Indiana State Police, with over 29 years of service, and was appointed as the Laboratory Director, Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency.

 

Josh Taylor

Officer
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

  • MPA, Criminal Justice, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • BA, Criminal Justice, Indiana Wesleyan University

Josh Taylor is a veteran police officer and hostage negotiator with 20 years of experience in criminal justice, homeland security, field training officer, certified evidence technician, and dignitary protection. Mr. Taylor is a two time recipient of the Medal of Bravery, in addition to being awarded the Fire, Police and Deputy Sheriff, Special Services Officer of the Year award in 2016.

 

Amy Yonan

Home-based Case Manager & Behaviorist, Supervisor
Family and Community Partners Counseling Services

  • MA, Applied Sociology, University of Indianapolis
  • BA, Law and Society, Purdue University

After graduating with a Bachelors in Law and Society at Purdue University, Ms. Yonan worked as a substance abuse counselor in the Indiana Department of Corrections. She now works as a case manager and behaviorist with youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Marion County. Ms. Yonan assists the youth in managing their behaviors, reunifying with their families and/or successfully completing their probation. She has recently added a certification to her list of expertise—CSAYP (Certified Sexually Abusive Youth Professional).