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Welcome from the CRCJ Chair

Dr. Kent Kerley

I am pleased to welcome current and prospective students, criminal justice partners, and community members to our newly redesigned website for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRCJ) at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). We understand that students have many choices for undergraduate and graduate programs in the Metroplex, and are honored that you have chosen UTA (or at least are considering UTA).

We are confident that you will find our academic programs challenging, rewarding, and the best value for your resources. At a time when many campus and online colleges/universities are using an “assembly line” approach to process students as quickly, impersonally, and cheaply as possible, at UTA we take the time to teach, mentor, and train our students in the highest standards of research, practice, and ethics.

This is an exciting time for UTA and CRCJ. In 2016 the university was named to the elite group of R-1 Doctoral Universities designated as Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In 2014 the university met U.S. Department of Education requirements to be considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which means that at least 25 percent of our full-time undergraduate students are from Latina/o backgrounds.

In CRCJ we mirror the university’s commitment to excellence in research and in preparing students from all backgrounds for exciting and meaningful careers in policing, courts, corrections, law, research, forensic science, cybersecurity, and other related fields. We have one of the most diverse departments on campus in terms of student and faculty demographics, and are engaged fully in the R1 university experience. During your time at UTA you will interact with faculty members who have the highest degrees in their respective areas and who have shown a commitment to the creation of knowledge through extensive publications, funding, and working with many criminal justice and social service agencies.

Perhaps you have heard someone say that “any degree will do” when it comes to preparing for a career in criminal justice. Please know that such a statement is generally unrealistic. The school listed on your diploma does matter. At UTA you will be taught, mentored, and coached by true scholars, teachers, and practitioners.

I am confident that you will enjoy your experience here at UTA. If there is ever a time that you would like to speak with me about our programs, research, and resources, I will be available. I look forward to meeting you, and wish you a successful and rewarding academic experience.

Sincerely,
Kent R. Kerley, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
UTA Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
kent.kerley@uta.edu
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