Denise Leifker

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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Wallace Hall 302
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Spring 2015:
Monday 9:40–10:20 am; 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Wednesday/Friday 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Other times and dates by appointment
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

This is my first year at Simpson College and I love it! 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 11 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 as an assistance 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 within sentencing practices and the effect of outside variables such as the pre-sentence investigation report, but I hope to work in future projects on sex offending and opportunities.

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