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Assistant professor of criminal justice joins regional campuses

8/10/2010 —

Mari B. Pierce has joined Penn State as assistant professor of criminal justice. She has been hired to teach in the new Administration of Justice baccalaureate program that will be delivered jointly by Penn State Beaver, New Kensington, and Shenango campuses. All required courses will be offered at each campus, although students should expect to take some courses via interactive video and/or the Web.

Prior to arriving at Beaver, Pierce was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University. She also served as the instructor of record for the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. In addition, Pierce has worked as a social service specialist in child welfare for the Department of Human Services in Salem, Ore.; a youth care counselor for the Families and Youth Inc. Girls’ Group Home in Las Cruces, N.M., and an evaluation program coordinator and guidance counselor for Homestead Youth and Family Services in Pendleton, Ore.

Pierce holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College.

She can be contacted through the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

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