Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
Southwest Texas State University
Joycelyn M. Pollock started her career in criminal justice as a probation and parole officer in the state of Washington. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Master's and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany. While pursuing her graduate degrees, she held various positions in the New York Department of Corrections, the Commission of Corrections, and the Correctional Association of New York. Her first teaching position was in the criminal justice department at Columbus College in Columbus, Georgia in 1982.
In 1985 she joined the faculty of the criminal justice program at the University of Houston-Downtown. In Houston, she also volunteered for the Houston Police Department in their crisis intervention unit. As a volunteer with this program, she worked with police department social workers responding to calls of domestic violence, lost elderly, and sexual assault and developed an interest in the evaluation of victim service programs. She created courses at the University of Houston-Downtown in the areas of victimology, criminal justice ethics and women in the system (as professionals, offenders, and victims) and these remain her primary research areas. She has rewritten one of her books, Ethics in Crime and Justice: Decisions and Dilemmas (1989) for a second edition in 1994. She has also published Sex and Supervision: Guarding Male and Female Inmates (1994), and Counseling Women Prisoners (1996) and Prison: An American Institution (1996).
While teaching at the University of Houston-Downtown, she earned a law degree at the University of Houston Law Center and passed the Texas Bar in 1991. During law school, she won the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy and Administrative Law. She also completed a legal clinic with the Harris County District Attorney's office. She has conducted research on premises liability and has consulted on the issue of sexual harassment. Teaching areas now include corrections, ethics, victimology, women in the criminal justice system, criminology, and criminal law, evidence and procedure.
In 1993 she accepted the position of Chairperson to the criminal justice department at Southwest Texas State University, a program with approximately 900 undergraduate majors, and which offers a Master's degree in criminal justice. She continues to teach courses in the above described areas, as well as conducts training for professionals in law enforcement , probation and parole in ethics, sexual harassment, and other issues. Since 1992 she has taught an eight hour ethics course at the Houston Police Academy, and has been an invited speaker for such organizations as the International Association of Policewomen , and the Southwest Legal Institute. Her experience also included sitting on hiring and promotion assessment panals for the West University Place Police department. She is Second Vice-President of the Southwest Criminal Justice Educators Association and also belongs to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the American Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association. She serves as editor of the book series for Anderson Publishing and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, as well as on the editorial board of the Women In Criminal Justice Journal. She has published many articles and has presented many professional papers in the areas in Criminal Justice, women offenders, victim services, and female professionals.
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