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Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer | Adjunct Professor at TAMIU

Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer

Adjunct Professor

"Understanding the reasons why people do what they do is important in creating mechanisms to help people be their best."


Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Virginia Commonwealth University, 1995

Career Highlights:

Norfolk Police officer, Chair of Social Sciences Claflin University

In which online degree programs do you teach?

M.S. in Criminal Justice

Which classes do you teach online?

CRIJ 5330: Seminar in Criminological Theory

What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?

Video paper and presentations

What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?

I want my students to learn to be open minded and to look critically at the information we are given.

Why did you start teaching?

I fell into teaching and found that I love it.

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

Carve out time. Make sure you set aside specific times that you can look at your work.

What is the value of this degree?

The value of a degree is only limited by the recipient—you can do anything!

How can this degree help students prepare for the challenges of the field?

Understanding the reasons why people do what they do is important in creating mechanisms to help people be their best.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Hot House" by Pete Earley

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I have worked for the State Department. As a result, I have lived in a number of different countries. I also have many different degrees in different disciplines. I love what I do!

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