Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
200A Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair
mbrewster@wcupa.edu



 

Alumni

 

Alumni Police Officer

Vance Row (1999)

"I began working for the Ocean City Police as my internship while at West Chester University and that has become my career. WCU prepared me for a career in law enforcement by having Criminal Justice Practitioners that could offer real world practical examples that helped emphasize their teaching points." - Corporal Vance Row, Ocean City Police Department

 


Alumni Kutz

Nathan Kutz (2010)

“West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland

 


Alumni Police Officer

Jennifer R. Sletvold, Esq. (1994)

Attorney Jennifer R. Sletvold graduated summa cum laude from West Chester University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. She then went on to the Dickinson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1997. She served for two years as a law clear to now Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She has since been in private practice representing businesses, employers and individuals with a wide variety of legal matters in state and federal court. She is also an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College, teaching Contracts Law, Business Law I and II, and Law for Emergency Services. She lives in Bethlehem Township with her husband, United States Army veteran and attorney Robert E. Sletvold and their two young sons. She is currently running for Judge of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. In reference to her undergraduate education, Jennifer Sletvold states, “my experiences as a criminal justice major at WCU gave me the tools I needed to become a lawyer and college professor. I was well prepared academically and practically thanks to the excellence of the criminal justice department."

 


Roberth and Stephanie Roth

Robert and Stephanie Roth (2010)

Robert and Stephanie were dating when they enrolled into West Chester University’s Criminal Justice Graduate Program. Robert was in his second year as a deputy sheriff and Stephanie was in her second year as a probation and parole officer. They initially chose West Chester’s program because it offered the necessary flexibility for their busy schedules. West Chester University provided a variety of evening course available each semester. Along with the convenience of scheduling, West Chester University provided a highly qualified, highly experienced, and highly varied faculty to teach the courses. The Graduate Program in Criminal Justice wasn’t simply about teaching an advanced curriculum in criminal justice. It was about preparing criminal justice professionals. It was about improving the research, writing, and communication skills of the students. It was about developing a professional network of experts and forming life-long relationships. Stephanie and Robert both have based their own teaching philosophies on the foundations provided by the faculty and administration of West Chester University’s Graduate Program in Criminal Justice.

Following a ten year career in law enforcement, Robert turned to the academic field. Robert is currently an instructor of college-level classes where eligible high school students earn credit toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is also an online criminal justice adjunct instructor for both Liberty University and Strayer University and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership through Liberty University.

Stephanie Roth currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member with Bryant and Stratton College in Virginia. She entered education and began teaching after 12 years working as a probation and parole officer as a member of the Intensive Supervision Unit. Stephanie specializes in adult and juvenile supervision, but also teaches courses in criminal law.

Robert and Stephanie have been married for 14 years. Together they are raising four children. They currently reside in Chesterfield, Virginia where they are active members of their community and their church.

Students & Alum

  • “West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland

  • "The West Chester University Criminal Justice Department delivers an uncompromising level of excellence and dedication, providing students with the edge needed to compete in today's difficult job market." - Paul Iffrig (Class of 2013) and President of the Criminal Justice Club

  • Brandon Oyama (Class of 2014) is a junior at WCU. He transfered to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and is a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He is looking forward to completing his practicum this summer with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state. Brandon states, "WCU was a good choice for me. The faculty are helpful, the courses are interesting and relevant to my future occupation."

  • Mary-Elizabeth Keeney (Class of 2013) is the current president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and a Fast-Track student. Mary-Elizabeth completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security and is looking forward to graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a Fast-Track student, she will earn her Master's Degree in 2014.