Full Time Faculty





Dr. Leanne Alarid lfalarid@utep.edu

Dr. Leanne F. Alarid is Professor and Department Chair. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1996. Dr. Alarid’s research areas include supervision and treatment strategies within community corrections and institutional correction facilities; gender, crime, and victimization; and justice responses to offenders with mental illness.  She has published 8 books and over 50 scholarly articles and chapters in such outlets as Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Law and Society Review, Journal of Criminal Justice, and The Prison Journal.  In 2011, she received the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Founder’s Award for her service contributions to ACJS and to the criminal justice discipline. Most recently, Dr. Alarid completed revised editions of Community-Based Corrections (Cengage) and Corrections (Pearson). .









Dr. Theodore Curry trcurry@utep.edu

Dr. Theodore R. Curry earned his Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology in 2001 from Washington State University. Dr. Curry is an Associate Professor whose current research interest is the relationship between immigration and crime in the U.S. and why, both at the individual level and neighborhood level, immigration tends to suppress crime. He also researches theories of crime and criminal justice with a focus on gender and race/ethnicity. Dr. Curry has recently published articles in Punishment & Society, Social Science Quarterly and The Social Science Journal, as well as a book chapter and an online bibliography. Curriculum Vitae













Ms. Melinda Lauck mlauck@utep.edu

Melinda Lauck, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, earned a J.D. from University of Houston in 1990, a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa and an A.A. in International Trade from Kirkwood Community College. She worked as an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security, Texas Attorney General, Texas Dept of Protective and Regulatory Services, El Paso County Public Defender, City Prosecutor's Office, Legal Aid and as a solo practitioner. Curriculum Vitae














Dr. Barbara Peat bjpeat@utep.edu

Dr. Barbara Peat is a Visiting Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice. She earned her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. Dr. Peat’s research areas include program evaluation and assessment in higher education.She has published three books and ten scholarly articles. She served as the editor of a topics issuefor Public Administration Quarterlyand co-editor of symposium issues for Journalof Public Affairs Education and CriminalJustice Studies. Her teaching areas include Criminology, Research Methods, Corrections, and Crime and Public Policy. Curriculum Vitae















Ms. Allison Rojek
amrojek@utep.edu

Allison Rojek received a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2006. She is a former crime/intelligence analyst with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, SC. Allison has been instructing criminology and criminal justice courses since 2006. In addition to teaching, her research interests include communities and crime, transnational crime, homicide studies, and crime and intelligence analysis. She continues to work with local law enforcement agencies as a consultant on the development and improvement of crime and intelligence analysis practices. Curriculum Vitae










Dr. Jeff Rojek jjrojek@utep.edu

Dr. Jeff Rojek is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. Prior to coming to UTEP, he was Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Rojek earned his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has received more than $1 million research funding from federal, state, and local grants and research contracts as a principal or co-principal investigator. His primary area of study is police officer and organization behavior with research on topics that include: use of force, officer injuries, racial bias in traffic stops, officer-involved traffic collisions, officer decision-making in tactical events, police practitioner-research partnerships, and officer misconduct. Dr. Rojek has published over 30 scholarly articles and chapters in such outlets as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Police Quarterly, Policing, and Review of Policy Research. Curriculum Vitae









Dr. John Shjarback jshjarback@utep.edu

Dr. John Shjarback is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.  He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in 2016.  His research interests center around policing, specifically issues of accountability and professionalism, environmental and organizational influences on officers, and current issues and trends.  His recent work has been featured in Police Quarterly, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Violence and Victims. Curriculum Vitae















Dr. Michael R. Smith msmith4@utep.edu

Dr. Michael R. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice and ViceProvost at the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University and Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina. Dr.Smith is a former police officer and holds a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He has served as a principal or co-principal investigator on many research and evaluation grants and contracts over his career. He is a nationally-recognized expert on racial profiling and has written extensively on this and other critical issues at the intersection of law, public policy, and policing. His most recent publications have appeared in Criminology & Public Policy, the American Journal of Public Health, and Review of Policy Research. Curriculum Vitae








Dr. Egbert Zavala egbertz@utep.edu

Dr. Egbert Zavala is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Kansas State University. His areas of research include: intimate partner violence, testing criminological theories, and violence and victimization. His publications appear in the Journal of Family Violence, Sociological Spectrum, Crime & Delinquency, American Journal of Criminal Justice and Violence and Victims. Curriculum Vitae