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ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CHILD ADVOCACY

Faculty

CHERYL BANACHOWSKI-FULLER, PhD

INSTRUCTOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology with concentration in Criminology, Social Control, and Family, North Carolina State University
  • Master of Science in Criminology, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Toledo, Ohio

Professional Experience

CHERYL BANACHOWSKI-FULLER, PhDCheryl Banachowski-Fuller is the program director of the UW-Platteville Master of Science in Criminal Justice program and a professor of criminal justice. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in criminology, social control, criminal justice, and research and statistical methods.

Fuller has more than 20 years of exemplary experience in teaching and research. Prior to teaching at UW-Platteville, she taught at Fayetteville State University, East Carolina State University and Pembroke State University in North Carolina.

Fuller was awarded the 2003 National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advising Award and the 2002 UWP Academic Advising Award. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Correctional Association, the Wisconsin Correctional Association and the Mid-Western Criminal Justice Association.


BRIAN JOHNSON, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences (emphases in criminal justice, labor relations, and sociology/organizational behavior), Michigan State University
  • Master of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Professional Experience

Brian Johnson has more than 15 years of experience in teaching and research in higher education. Currently, he is a professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a police officer in Wisconsin and assistant director and interim director of a regional police academy in Michigan.

Johnson also has extensive consulting, training experience in law enforcement and private security. He’s authored the texts “The Management of Security Personnel,” “Crucial Elements of Police Firearms Training,” and “Safe Overseas Travel.” He’s also published about 30 scholarly articles in policing, police management, training, and security.


PATRICIA BROMLEY, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Education in Counselor Education, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Experience

Patricia Bromley is a professor in the department of psychology and coordinator of the Master of Science in Education Adult Education program at UW-Platteville. She teaches graduate courses in abnormal psychology, theories of personality, techniques of counseling, group counseling, and career counseling. She was the 1993 recipient of the UW-Platteville Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2004 University Continuing Education Association College Course Award (a national award). The MSE Adult Education program which she coordinates won the very first UW-System Diversity Award in 2009.

Bromley’s research interests include coping with bereavement, family relationships, self-efficacy, and attachment theory. She has presented a number of papers at regional, national, and international conferences and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Midwest Psychological Association.

Bromley is also a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.


SABINA BURTON, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine (focus on criminology, law, and society)
  • Master’s Degrees in Sociology, Political Science, Economy, and Law, Munich, Germany

Professional Experience

SABINA BURTON, PhDTeaching has been Sabina Burton’s passion for the past 14 years. She has taught a variety of criminology, criminal justice, and law courses at two major universities in Southern California. Most of her classes had enrollments of 150 to 400 students. To better serve her students she was one of the first faculty members who made extensive use of the Internet and established message boards, frequent e-mail exchange, discussion forums, and online chats for students.

Burton’s main professional interests are forensic psychology, terrorism, and cultural diversity. During her doctorial program at UCI she interned at the Regional Police Academy of Los Angeles County where she co-wrote and co-taught their first revised cultural awareness courses.

After completing her master’s programs in Germany, Burton coordinated political and criminological seminars at one of the leading conference centers of Germany and worked as an intelligence research specialist for the government. She was one of the first women to successfully manage the rigorous training program at the German Federal Law Enforcement Academy.


THOMAS JONAS, JD, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Speech Communication, Bowling Green State University

Professional Experience

Thomas Jonas started teaching undergraduates in 1965 and now has college teaching experience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, primarily in the areas of interpersonal and organizational communication, semantics, conflict resolution, persuasion, and public speaking. He has also taught business, agricultural, and criminal law; criminal procedure and evidence; psychology and the law; juvenile justice; and interviewing/interrogation at the undergraduate level.

During his return to teaching at University of Wisconsin-Platteville he was teaching public speaking and introduction to criminal justice, with the latter in the regular semesters having a distance education synchronous multi-location format in one section. During the interim he taught persuasion and argumentation.

At the present he is retired and teaches in the criminal justice undergraduate and graduate on-line programs and occasionally teaches organizational communication in the short term on site UW-Platteville project management master’s program in Wuhan, China.

At the graduate level he has directed theses and seminar papers in criminal justice and speech-communication, and taught graduate communication courses, especially research procedures for both the experimental and literary criticism modes.

Licensed as an attorney in Wisconsin since 1982, he closed his practice in 2002 to return to teaching as an adjunct senior lecturer. A certified mediator in both caucus and conference format, he mediated more than 100 cases over the last five years of his practice, primarily in court-ordered mediation in family law and civil cases.


SUSAN HILAL, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (concentrations in social deviance and social organization), South Dakota State University (dissertation: “Volunteer Police Reserve Officers: An Identity Theory Perspective”)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of St. Thomas

Professional Experience

SUSAN HILAL, PhDSusan Hilal was a full-time assistant professor for UW-Platteville for three years where she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate course. She also was the coordinator of the undergraduate criminal justice degree. Hilal has a wealth of experience with online education. She has developed, revised, and taught numerous online courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

She now teaches on-line on a part-time basis for UW-Platteville.

Prior to working at UW-Platteville, she was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and taught at South Dakota State University while working on her doctorate.


MARGE KARSTEN, MBA

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts, Winona State University

Professional Experience

MARGE KARSTEN, MBAMarge Karsten is a professor of management and human resource management in the Department of Business and Accounting at UW-Platteville, where she has taught on campus and at a distance since 1981. From 1999-2004, Karsten was Chair of the Department of Business and Accounting and coordinated the undergraduate print business administration program at a distance. She also served as online coordinator of the distance program in business for two years and was Director of the Extended Degree Program in Business Administration in 1998-99.

Her publications include four books dealing with topics related to management, gender, and race; case studies dealing with compensation and performance appraisal; and articles about corporate downsizing in rural areas, career paths of executive women, and the effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act on job evaluation. She has written, for inclusion in reference books, biographical sketches of selected women in business and government and a summary of women’s progress as managers in major United States corporations.

Karsten also edited a three-volume set titled “Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workforce,” published by Greenwood in 2006 under the Praeger imprint. University Press of America published her most recent text, “Management, Gender, and Race in the 21st Century,” in late 2005.

She has given several actual and virtual presentations related to teaching and learning at a distance to the conference of the Wisconsin chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning, and Teaching On-line in Higher Education On-line International Conference. A paper she co-authored, titled “Teaching Human Resource Management: Why a Framework is Useful,” was presented at the American Business Administration Conference in Poland.

Currently, Karsten is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Human Resource Management. She also is a member of the honorary society Phi Kappa Phi.


MICHAEL KLEMP-NORTH, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology with concentrations in Criminology and Ethnic Relations, Western Michigan University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social Welfare with a Certificate in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Experience
Prior to entering into academia full time, Michael Klemp-North was a State of Wisconsin Probation and Parole Agent in Marathon County. While in this position he supervised a comprehensive caseload for the first couple of years. During the remainder of his tenure with the state he was a high-risk agent working with the Operation Progress Taskforce. This caseload involved supervising gang members, serious drug offenders, and violent offenders. He was also involved in the Marathon County Drug Task Force, participating in drug interdictions throughout the area. In addition to working for the State, Klemp-North has worked with juveniles who were involved in the juvenile justice system and had severe emotional disabilities.


AMY NEMMETZ, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Safety Leadership-Criminal Justice, Capella University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Professional Experience

AMY NEMMETZ, PhDAmy Nemmetz is an instructor for the UW-Platteville Department of Criminal Justice.

Previously, Nemmetz worked with UW-Platteville Police as a Community Officer, Platteville Police Department as a Dispatcher & 911 Telecommunicator, and completed an internship with Probation & Parole while working on her undergraduate degree. She has also worked for Dane County Court’s jail diversion programs, a juvenile group home, and Dane County Human Services Child Protection.

In addition to working with UW-Platteville, Nemmetz is also a Quality Service Reviewer for the State of Wisconsin which entails reviewing Child Protection Access/Intake cases. Nemmetz obtained her Social Work license from the State of Wisconsin.


THERON PARSONS, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia
  • Master of Science in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, University of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts, King College

Professional Experience

THERON PARSONS, PhDTheron Parsons is a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His chosen field of research can best be described as cognitive neuroscience. Presently, he is testing physiological and cognitive behaviors as possible indicators of guilty knowledge that may be used as alternatives to traditional polygraph measures.

Parsons has a range of both clinical and research experiences that he brings to his courses. He is a certified batterer’s treatment provider and runs groups for batterers as well as for men who are in a deferred prosecution program for community violence (also known as anger management). The rest of his private practice includes couples therapy (where there is no violence) and alcohol and drug counseling. In terms of research, he is currently pursuing research related to sexual violence on college campuses and monitoring success rates for certified domestic violence treatment programs. Previously, he has completed research relating to errors in eye witness identification and improvements to traditional polygraph techniques.


DEDRA TENTIS, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (major in Research Methods and Social Deviance and Minored in Child & Family Studies), South Dakota State University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University

Professional Experience

Dedra Tentis currently teaches full-time in the criminal justice program at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She works closely with the program coordinator, making curriculum and program changes, advising undergraduate students, and serving on various campus committees. Tentis held a fixed-term faculty position at Winona State University in Minnesota from 1998-2000. Besides teaching, she worked part-time with juvenile sex offenders from 2001-2002 as a Youth Care Worker for Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque. She also worked for three years as an Evaluation Specialist for a Children, Youth and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) grant directed by the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.

Tentis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Midwest Criminal Justice Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, and the National Guard Association of Minnesota.

After serving on active duty in the United States Air Force following high school, Tentis joined the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Paul in order to continue her criminal justice studies. She was commissioned by the Academy of Military Science in 1996, and today she continues to serve as Inspector General with the Minnesota Air National Guard.

Some of her publications include “A Guard Member’s Perspective of IG Complaints in a War Zone” and “Generational differences: anticipating and shaping future leaders,” both in the TIG Brief: USAF Inspector General. She has also presented at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association, Loras College Diversity Conference, and the New Commanders’ Orientation Conference, among others.


JERRY SCHUETZ, MBA, CPM

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Graduate, University of Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Professional Experience

Jerry Schuetz possesses nearly 14 years of law enforcement experience, and served in three different police departments throughout Wisconsin. Schuetz spent time as a patrol officer and a sensitive crime investigator with the City of Appleton Police Department prior to being named Chief of Police in the City of Manawa in June of 2004. Schuetz is a two-time recipient of the State of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Service Medal, and in May of 2006 was named the Waupaca County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. In 2008 he was appointed the Chief of Police in Milton, Wisconsin. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2006, and he also teaches in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Schuetz is a State of Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor in the disciplines of Defense and Arrest Tactics, Vehicle Contacts, and Juvenile Law. He is a member of the International Chiefs of Police Association and the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.


KIMBERLY TUESCHER, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science in Education (emphasis in Counselor Education), University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical and Health Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Professional Experience

Kimberly Tuescher is a tenured professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Currently, she teaches courses and provides supervision to graduate students in the Counselor Education Program. Previously, Tuescher chaired the program as well. The emphasis of her teaching is to train quality counselors to be competent to practice in a variety of counseling settings. Her particular interest is training counselors for school settings.

Tuescher’s research and scholarship interests include at-risk youth, behavioral problems, and school counseling programs. She has delivered well over 200 presentations at the local, state, and national levels. Further, she has co-authored a book on the topic of at-risk and related behavior disorders. Tuescher has also worked as a psychologist in a private practice, doing therapy, consulting, conducting assessments, all on a variety of psychological issues and across all age groups. Currently her private practice focus has been on consulting and forensic testimony.

Tuescher is beginning her thirtieth year in her career, with 23 years of that experience at UW-Platteville and in private settings. Her other seven years were spent working at public schools as a teacher and school counselor.

She has served on numerous committees and councils throughout her career. A notable position was as the President of the Wisconsin Counseling Association.


SUMMER ZWANZIGER ELSINGER, PhD

INSTRUCTOR

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Organization & Management (specialization in business ethics), Capella University
  • Master of Science in Business Research on Corporate Social Responsibility, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  • Master of Business Administration (emphasis in risk management), University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor of Science in Insurance & General Business (minors in management & marketing), Drake University

Professional Experience

Summer Zwanziger Elsinger is a business administration professor teaching both traditional and online courses in management, gender, and race for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She has taught at Clarke College and currently also teaches at Columbia College.

Besides being a UW-Platteville professor since 2007, in the past five years, Zwanziger Elsinger has worked in the environmental remediation and student life fields.

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