Criminal Justice Faculty
TAMUCC Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Melissa Jarrell
Dr. Jarrell is currently an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Association. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Eckerd College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Jarrell teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, White Collar Crime, Research Methods, Issues in Corrections, and Sports and Crime. Her research interests include environmental justice, corporate crime, crime and the media, and criminal justice education. Dr. Jarrell is the author of Environmental Crime and the Media: News Coverage of Petroleum Refining Industry Violations. She works with the local community activists to address issues of poverty, pollution, and injustice.
Dr. Dorothy McClellan
Dr. McClellan is currently Professor of Criminal Justice and Regents Professor. She earned a B.A. from Temple University in History and Literature and an Ed. S. in Counselling Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. Her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Criminal Justice are from the School of Criminal Justice at the State University Of New York at Albany. Dr. McClellan teaches American Prisons and Prisoners, Offender Rehabilitation, Juvenile Deliquency, Women and Criminal Justice, and Crime & Punishment in Literature. Her research interests include international justice issues, American prisons-foreign and domestic, women and criminal justice, juvenile deliquency & justice, and offender rehabilitation. Awards include TAMU Regents Professor, Fulbright Scholar, Minnie Stevens Piper Professor for Texas and TAMUCC Excellence in Teaching Award.
Professor Eric Moore
Professor Moore is currently an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. He earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, his M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and his J.D. from Harvard University. Professor Moore teaches Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Law and Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Terrorism.
Dr. Gabriel Ferreyra
Dr. Ferreyra is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He earned his J.D. from Universidad Michoacana, a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his PhD. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He teaches Drugs, the Drug War and Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice, and White Collar Crime. Dr. Ferreyra's area of expertise is corruption, drugs, drug-trafficking, U.S. drug policy, Justice Studies, and Latin America.
Dr. Philip Rhoades
Dr. Rhoades is currently Professor of Criminal Justice and Regent's Professor. He is the Director of the Social Science Research Center. His B.A. and M.A. degrees are from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Doctorate in Criminal Justice is from the School of Criminal Justice at the state University of New York at Albany. He teaches Police and Society, Police Supervision and Management, Criminal Investigation, Crime Prevention, Domestic Violence, and Comparative Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level. Currently he is engaged in research to re-establish a data profile of the local community and to inventory community resources and services. His research interests include policing, ethics, deliquency, self-control and risk, among others. He directs a prevention-based public education project that targets the reduction of traumatic injury and death caused by motor vehicle crashes.
Dr. Sarah Scott
Dr. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration. Her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice are from Texas State University. She teaches Community-Based Corrections and Introduction to Juvenile Justice at the undergraduate level. She also teaches Research Methods in the Public Administration Program. Dr. Scott’s research interests include addiction and substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice system, community corrections, and risk assessment. She also enjoys conducting program evaluations with state and local criminal justice officials.
Dr. Kristen Welch
Dr. Welch is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University-College Station. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice are from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Welch teaches Introduction to Criminal Investigation, and Understanding Criminal Behavior. Dr. Welch is the author of Late Onset Offending and Substance Abuse: Findings from the NYSFS. Her research interests include developmental and life course criminology, homicide and serial offenders, and gang structure and behavior.