"If you are committed, have a desire to learn and/or want to advance your career, this is the program for you."
- Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society – University of California-Irvine, 2016
- M.A. in Social Ecology – University of California-Irvine, 2012
- B.A./B.S. in Sociology and Psychology – University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2010
Here is a list of recent publications:
- Boyer, J. & Scott D. (2021). Pennsylvania Juvenile Probation Departments in the Wake of the Luzerne County Scandal: What Has Changed? Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services.
- Scott, D. & Bennett, S. (2021). Endorsing the Street Code: The Impact of Neighborhood Gang Activity on Incarcerated Youth. Journal of Youth Studies.
- Scott, D. (2020). Regional Differences in Gang Member Identification Methods among Law Enforcement Jurisdictions in the United States. Policing: An International Journal.
- Magnus, A. & Scott, D. (2020). A Correctional Culture of Masculinity or Survival? Gendered Perspectives of Violence Involvement among Incarcerated Youth. Deviant Behavior.
- Engstrom, R. (Graduate Student) & Scott, D. (2020). Juvenile Institutional Misconduct: Examining the Role of Education Attainment and Academic Achievement. Crime & Delinquency.
In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?
The specific learning outcomes and objectives are dependent on the course being taught and are listed in the corresponding syllabus. In my courses, I want students to learn the complicated concepts and issues associated with crime and the criminal justice system, how to effectively analyze the literature, and how to formulate arguments and/or propose solutions. Additionally, students should complete my courses with a better understanding of how the concepts learned apply to the current CJ system and their current position.
Why did you start teaching?
When conducting research on gang issues in my Ph.D. program, I found that I had such a passion for the field that I wanted to share with students in order to help them succeed in criminology and criminal justice.
What advice would you give to those considering this online program?
There are a variety of reasons to get your M.S. in Criminal Justice. For some, they don't know what they want to do yet. For others, they are looking to advance their career. Either way, this program will allow you to learn even more about the CJ system and is very flexible for those that have busy schedules. If you are committed, have a desire to learn and/or want to advance your career, this is the program for you.
How can this degree help students prepare for the challenges of the field?
The degree teaches you how to write more effectively and think critically. In addition, it gives you a more in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, which will help prepare you for the field.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“The Code of the Street” by Elijah Anderson
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I am currently training for a marathon.
What is the value of this degree?
A graduate degree is an excellent way to learn about the CJ system in more detail and trains you how to look at the field of criminal justice with a more critical eye. It's a great option for both career advancement and for giving you an edge in the job market.
What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?
My classes typically involve discussion posts, papers and presentations.