Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice
- Phone Number:
- Office Location:
- Wallace Hall
- Office Hours:
- TTh 10 am – 11 am; 1pm – 3 pm
Wed and Fri by appointment
- Ph.D. Criminal Justice, 2006, University of Nebraska at Omaha
M.A. Sociology, 1996, University of Northern Iowa
B.A. Criminology, 1994, University of Northern Iowa
Samantha recently joined the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Simpson College in August 2013. She brings with her teaching and researching interests in courts/sentencing, community-based corrections, ethics and the criminal justice system, leadership, and law enforcement curricula.
Over the years, Samantha has held a variety of practitioner and teaching roles. For example, from 2009 to 2012, she was a law enforcement instructor, specializing in Violence Against Women issues, at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Specifically, Samantha served the basic academy classes in multiple subject areas, provided in-service education across the state, collaborated on leadership training for command staff, and led other special projects.
On the teaching side, usually in addition to full-time work in the criminal justice system, Samantha has led courses within the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Anthropology from 1997 to 1998; DMACC’s Department of Sociology and Department of Criminal Justice from 2008 to 2013; and Simpson College’s Departments of Mathematics or Social Sciences in 2009 and 2012.
Other public service work includes a position as a sworn federal law enforcement officer from 1998 until 2008 with the U.S Probation Office for the Southern District of Iowa. There, she held positions both in the Investigations Unit as well as the Supervision Unit. At the time of her departure in 2008, she was a senior officer with standing on the Office’s Leadership Council, Safety Committee, and Mental Health Initiative, among other projects.
Various non-profit work (such as the Family Service League’s Battered Women’s Shelter and Lutheran Social Services) and state positions (such as the Iowa 2nd Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and the Iowa Department of Public Health) round out Samantha’s desire to serve to the public good.