Criminal Justice Administration Department

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Criminal Justice Administration Department

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What Can I Study

Are you interested in Criminal Justice? Do you like to be challenged? The Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) Department at Mansfield University offers various degree options, including the following (click on link for further information):

Bachelor of Science Degree (for students enrolled prior to Fall '14)

Bachelor of Science Degree (for students enrolled Fall '14 and after)

Associate of Science Degree

Associate of Science Degree - Online

Minor in Criminal Justice Administration



The mission of Mansfield's Criminal Justice Administration program is to provide majors and minors with a quality undergraduate education in the academic and professional disciplines of criminal justice and criminology that will prepare them for entry into either a professional career or a graduate education in criminal justice. The program encourages extra-curricular activities that provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. The activities include national clubs and organizations along with special events with the program. The program's core curriculum covers areas such as law enforcement, courts, corrections and juvenile delinquency. For more information, click here.


News & Highlights

CJA Faculty PA Live Interviews

Drs Battin and Olson were recently interviewed by PA Live about Mansfield Act 120 and the Criminal Justice Administration Department.
Mansfield University is the only university in the state to allow students to earn a 4 year Bachelor's Degree while concurrently going through the Act 120 program to become a certified munifical police officer.
For more info about the Act 120 program, visit

Attorney Presents to CJA/LAE Students 

Attorney Denise Dieter visited campus on Thursday, October 27 to speak with a group of Criminal Justice Administration studentsLAEE about the legal profession. A Q&A session followed.
Denise, a distinguished alumni ('90, Criminal Justice) of Mansfield University, currently works at Drier and Dieter Law Office in Jersey Shore, PA. Attorney Dieter has over 23 years of experience in the legal profession, specializing in areas of social security law, family law, estate/elder law, guardianship law, and general litigation. She has represented individuals and corporations in state and federal courts throughout 24 Pennsylvania counties during her legal career.
LAE members and potential brothers in attendance for the event included: Gina LaRose, Shyanne McKivison, Emily Galligan, Carrie McSurdy, Taylor Koch, Allie Mace, Christian Nordai, Collin Ohnmeiss, Maurin MacNamara, Carolyn Mercantati, Bethany Weber and Zachary Sedun. 

Pie-a-Professor Fundraiser

Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the nationally recognized, professional coed criminalPAP2 justice fraternity, recently sponsored a Pie-A-Professor event, with CJA professors Drs. Justin Crowl, Joshua Battin and Jeremy Olson serving as participants.


Dr. Olson received the most monetary donations in his name. Accordingly, he was pied by Andy Catherman, who donated the most money, along with several LAE members. Part of the money raised was donated to the Council for Exceptional Children, an international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities.

On behalf of LAE, I want to thank everyone who donated money and helped with the event. A job well done!


Students Tour Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary

A contingent of MU students, mostly CJA majors who are also enrolled in Dr. Crowl's Survey of Corrections course, touredPrisonTrip Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary on Thursday April 28th. The students, namely Tristin Cicio, Ryan Watson, Joseph Bohorquez, Drew Beckerink, Nick Sander, and Jacob Caralle, had the opportunity to tour the facility and interact with several staff members, many of whom are CJA alumni.

This was the very first time these students had been behind the walls of a federal prison. The experience, according to the students, was very enjoyable and eye-opening. Students were able to view different sections of the prison, from medical services and the chow hall to the chaplain and the prison yard. Students were also able to view inmate living quarters, even those of special management unit inmates, several of whom were serving life in prison without parole sentences.

LAE Participates in the Big Event

BigEventThirteen students from Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the national professional coed fraternity for criminal justice students, recently participated in 'The Big Event', the annual day-long community service project. These students spent several hours giving back to the community and assisting with area beautification efforts.

LAE students who participated were (Front Row: L to R) Patricia Gentzyel, Emily Galligan, Gina LaRose, Shyanne McKivison, Taylor Koch; (Back Row: L to R) Dana Mahini, Tyler Schrader, Caroline McSurdy, Martina Padilla, Megan McSwain, Marissa Stage, Nicholas Mahonski, and Maurin MacNamara.

I commend each and every one of these students for taking valuable time out of their day to give back to the community. I'm proud of each of you; keep up the good work! (Dr. Crowl).


CJA Professors Present at National Conference

Drs. Justin Crowl and Joshua Battin, Criminal Justice Administration Department, co-presented research at the annual Academy ofACJS Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference held from March 29 to April 02, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The first session, Urban Sprawl, Population Density and Crime, which was part of a crime prevention and law enforcement panel, examined the effects of urban sprawl and population density in suburban and rural municipalities.

The second presentation, Police Legitimacy and Student Fear of Crime: Do Lifestyle Activities Matter?, examined the role of police (local and campus) perceptions and lifestyle activities on student fear of crime, utilizing lifestyle exposure theory as a guide.

While at the conference, Dr. Crowl also served as a discussant for the roundtable Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders across the Globe. Dr. Battin, as a member of the National ACJS Membership Committee, attended the annual meeting discussing strategies to market the organization and increase future annual conference participation.


22 CJA Students Graduate - December 2015

A total of 22 CJA students received their degrees at Mansfield University's 151th Commencement held on Saturday, December 12,ALLL 2015. Six students completed the requirements for the two-year Associate of Science degree and 16 students completed the requirements for the four-year Bachelor of Science degree.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude was Mariah Murray.

Graduating Cum Laude was Dustin Ackley.

Other B.S. graduates included Jessica Allen, Tafshir Bah, Robert Baker, Madeline Bird, Daniel Dority, Nathan Fox, Zachary Hogan, Jeremy Kesig, Damon Lagos, Brock Parker, Kishon Robinson, Eric Schanzenbacher, Alysia Snyder and Tanesha Stanford.

Those receiving their A.S. degrees were Brad Boyce, Derek Campbell, Kassidy Chilson Dakota Clark, Joshua Owens and Hamilton Schoonover.

Here's to wishing these students nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors. Go make us proud!

US Marshal Pane Presentation

Martin Pane, United States Marshal and Class of 1987 MU Graduate, visited campus on November 19th to give a presentation to CJA students. Pane spoke to students about the US Marshals and federal law enforcement along with career and internship opportunities available with the Marshals. A question and answer session followed the presentation.
Martin was appointed by President Obama in 2011 as a US Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Currently, Pane acts as the executive manager overseeing approximately 100 personnel. Working for the Marshals Service for 27 years has provided Pane with a lot of adventure, from trials of the original World Trade Center terrorists, to providing protection for Supreme Court Justices, Deputy Attorney Generals, and the Drug Czar.
The turnout for Pane's presentation was tremendous. In fact, over 120 students, along with severalMP faculty members and MU President Francis Hendricks, attended the event! This speaks volumes to the commitment and dedication of students and others that are a part of the Mansfield community.
In honor of his contributions to the CJ field and Mansfield University, Marshal Pane was presented with the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Criminal Justice Award by the CJA Department along with a Presidential Coin of Excellent given by MU President Francis Hendricks. The coin is awarded selectively to individuals who have made significant contributions to the university.


LAE Students Participate in Career Fair at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary

Members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the CJ professional coed fraternity, joined by Dr. Justin Crowl, participated in an inmate mock career fair on Thursday, September 3rdLAE at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. The penitentiary, affectionately known as "The Big House", is a high security federal prison housed within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Students had the opportunity to interview numerous inmates and speak to them about the job market and their post-release plans. Students were also able to ask questions and engage in discussions with staff and administrators, many of whom are alumni of Mansfield University and the CJA Department. A guided tour of the facility followed. 

The experience of visiting a federal correctional facility was very rewarding, especially considering that it was the first time that these students went behind the walls of a federal prison. It is exactly these type of events that allow students to experience for themselves the inner workings of the criminal justice system. 

Pictured are students who participated in the event, including (from L to R): Martina Padilla, Maryann Personius, Dana Mahini, Brian Kircher, Samantha Boas, Rian Waldbrunn, and Andre Morton. Not pictured: Justina Day.  


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Department News

5 CJA Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievements. For more info, click here.

Recently ranked in the top 10 of schools in Pennsylvania supporting careers in criminal justice and corrections! Click here for more info.

CJA Department welcomes new faculty member Dr. Jeremy Olson

32 CJA students recently recognized for outstanding academic achievements. Click here for more info.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Battin is quoted in the following piece published by US News & World Report

Dr. Crowl publishes journal article on cyber-vigilantism. Click the below link to read: 
Click the below link to read Dr. Battin's Penn Live Op-Ed on the presidential primaries being mired by defiance. 

2016- The year that voters turned defiant

Dr. Crowl honored as 2015-16 Outstanding Senior Mentor. Click here for more info.

Dr. Crowl becomes Associate Managing Editor of Police Practice and Research

Drs. Crowl & Battin Present Research at ACJS 53rd Annual Meeting. Click here.