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University forms School of Criminology, Criminal Justice & Strategic Studies
New School''s Executive Director Dr. Alex del Carmen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University has formed a new School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies within its College of Liberal and Fine Arts, pending notification of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

The school, to be headed by Executive Director Dr. Alex del Carmen, will house the Departments of Criminal Justice and Military Science along with several forthcoming institutes, including the Institute for Homeland Security, Cybercrime and International Criminal Justice Studies and the Institute for Predictive and Analytical Policing Science, upon approval by the board of regents.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies at Tarleton. I firmly believe that the school will offer a unique educational opportunity for traditional and non-traditional students in obtaining advanced degrees in different areas of study in criminology and criminal justice,” said del Carmen. “With the working professional in mind, it will allow for individuals with working experience in the criminal justice field, to attain their educational goals and aspirations.”

The criminology school within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts is an effort to strengthen and solidify Tarleton’s existing programs into a new organizational unit which better describes not only the university’s current status of program offerings but the future growth and exciting opportunities for the university’s students, explained Kelli C. Styron, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

“This endeavor will elevate the academic profile of the school, the college and the entire university.” said Styron. “The pending criminal justice doctoral program is going to be the first of its kind at Tarleton State University and in the state of Texas. All of these areas combined … the new institutes, the new Ph.D., and our current excellent academic programs and faculty are part of a school which has a very bright future.”

In fall 2015, the Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership and Public Policy and the Institute of Mediation, Arbitration Legal Studies and Forensics, pending board of regents approval, will emerge to complement the areas of study of Tarleton’s proposed doctoral program in criminology, criminal justice and strategic studies.

“Dr. del Carmen is an outstanding faculty member, administrator, researcher and expert in his field,” said Styron. “He comes to us with years of experience and a skill set which will elevate the program and the upcoming Ph.D. to a new level. We are very pleased that his arrival will enhance the experience for our students at all levels: undergraduate, graduate and our future doctoral students.”

Tarleton’s criminal justice programs have experienced remarkable growth in recent years, prompting the creation of a School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies.

“Tarleton offers criminal justice students an excellent faculty with expertise in their respective areas and outstanding facilities, all at an affordable educational price. Our students find good jobs from our undergraduate programs and are able to advance in their current positions or get other career advancement opportunities with our master’s degree,” said Styron. “The student-focused atmosphere within the department, the school, the college and the university is a win-win situation on all fronts and it continues to be a draw for students who seek a quality education in the criminal justice area.”

Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to engage societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.
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New School''s Executive Director

Dr. Alex del Carmen