Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Andrew FoxAndrew M. Fox

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
Arizona State University
816.235.5955
foxan@umkc.edu

Dr. Fox is an assistant professor, Director of the Undergraduate Program and an undergraduate advisor in the Department.
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Dr. Alexander M. HolsingerAlexander Holsinger

Professor

Ph.D. – Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
816.235.5288
holsingera@umkc.edu

Professor Holsinger is the Director of the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice.
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Dr. Kristi HolsingerKristi Holsinger

Chair/Professor

Ph.D. – Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
816.235.1471
holsingerk@umkc.edu

Dr. Holsinger is the Department Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, a member of the Women’s and
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Dr. Toya LikeToya Like

Associate Professor

Ph.D. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri-St. Louis
816.235.5706
liket@umkc.edu

Dr. Like received a doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
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Dr. Ken NovakKen Novak

Professor

Ph.D. – Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
816.235.1599
novakk@umkc.edu

Dr. Novak received his doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.
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Dr. Jennifer Gatewood OwensJennifer Gatewood Owens

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. – Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis  
816.235.1602
owensjen@umkc.edu

Dr. Owens received a doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2013 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis before coming to UMKC
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Dr. Lori SextonLori Sexton

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. – Criminology, Law & Society
University of California, Irvine  
816.235.5755
sextonl@umkc.edu

Dr. Lori Sexton received her doctorate in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine in 2012. 
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Adjunct Faculty

Patricia Daniels Patricia Daniels

 

Rita D. Pearce Rita D. Pearce

M.S., Administration of Justice
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Phone: 816-591-0615
pearceri@umkc.edu

Ryan Samuelson Ryan Samuelson

 

 

 

Staff

Tricia FalkPatricia Falk

Office Support Assistant IV
Phone: 816-235-2751
falkp@umkc.edu

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistant Olivia AllenOlivia Allen

Room 104
Phone: 816-235-1600
orab79@mail.umkc.edu

Graduate Assistant Brandi KidwellBrandi Kidwell

Room 209
Phone: 816-235-1743
blkcnc@mail.umkc.edu

 

Graduate Assistant Madeline WarrenMadeline Warren

Room 208
Phone: 816-235-1600
Mjwty8@mail.umkc.edu 

Emeritus

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Professor Emeriti
burnettc@umkc.edu
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Areas of Interest: Death Penalty; Women and Law; Restorative Justice

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Olson Professor and Professor Emeritus
Phone: 816-235-1598
lucasw@umkc.edu
Ph.D., Iowa State University
Areas of Interest: Substance Abuse; Administration of Justice

“It is important that the classroom atmosphere be one in which students feel free to discuss the topics being covered and express their opinions — even when we are covering controversial issues such as race, ethnicity and crime.”

Toya Like, Ph.D. Associate Professor

The average class size at UMKC is just 27 students.

More than 11,000 students receive financial aid— a total of $150 million each year.

“Every opportunity, theoretical concepts that provide the foundation of Criminal Justice and Criminology are linked to real-world practice and application.”

Alex Holsinger, Ph.D. Professor

“My students and I encourage and challenge each other to critically think about our social realities and to evolve as individuals.”

Jessica Hodge, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

“The CJC Department helped me to develop a higher understanding of the legal system and how it operates which, in turn, helped prepare me for the LSAT examination and ultimately, law school.”

Audrey McCormick B.A., 2007

UMKC alumni include state politicians, CEOs of prominent national firms, a former FBI director and even a U.S. president.