Faculty Spotlight: Kristie R. Blevins, Ph.D.
Dr. Kristie Blevins received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include corrections, the occupational reactions of criminal justice employees, and crime prevention. She has teamed with local law enforcement agencies to study theft, robberies, and prostitution.
Dr. Blevins answered the following questions about why she chose to enter this field, what she enjoys most about teaching, and how she spends her spare time.
Why did you choose this field?
I was majoring in another discipline and took a criminal justice course as an elective. I soon changed my major because I was immediately intrigued with the course material and wanted to learn more about why people do the things they do and what policy responses are best for preventing and responding to crime. Although I have completed my formal schooling, I consider myself a professional student because we are always learning new things about behavior and the most appropriate treatment and responses.
What are the highlights of teaching?
Teaching is the best part of my job. I love introducing students to new material and seeing them learn to think about issues from different perspectives. I also learn a great deal from students each semester, and I feel like teaching is where I can have the most impact during my career.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Whenever possible, I spend my spare time outside. I enjoy SCUBA diving, geocaching, and taking my bloodhound on new adventures.
Published on October 09, 2012