Denise Leifker

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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Wallace Hall 302
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Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2009
M.A. Criminal Justice,University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002
B.S. Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 2000

In the Fall of 2016, I began my third year at Simpson College! Such a cool small campus with tons of personality! A little about my background… I have worked both in the criminal justice field and in academia for the past 13 years. My first job, post-grad, was with the Division of Criminal Investigation in South Dakota where I worked for a year and a half before moving to California in 2004. While in California, I worked as both an adult and juvenile probation officer for three and a half years. In 2008, I moved to Pennsylvania where I taught at various schools as an adjunct professor, and then as an Assistant Professor for two years at DeSales University. In 2013, my family and I moved to the Des Moines area to be closer to our family, as I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I worked for a short period of time as a Federal Probation Officer before being offered a position with Simpson! I have been here since the summer of 2014 and am so excited to carry on! My research interests presently lie with sentencing practices, to include problem solving courts and other therapeutic options, as well as the implementation and evaluation of new training programs for law enforcement officers.  I currently teach various criminal justice courses in corrections, law enforcement, and courts.  I also teach Statistics for Social Sciences and the graduate level capstone course! Message me to sit in on a class today 🙂

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