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About the Author
Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Caroline at Pembroke. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminology and criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. The university named him Distinguished Professor in 1991.
Schmalleger has taught in the online graduate program of the New School for Social Research, helping to build the world’s first electronic classrooms in support of distance leaning through computer telecommunications. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university’s graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade.
Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and more than 30 books, including the widely used Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice Hall, 2008), Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2009), and Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 2006).
Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies. He has served as editor for the Prentice Hall series Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First first Century and as imprint adviser for Greenwood Publishing Group’s criminal justice reference series.
Schmalleger’s philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: “In order to communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person’s interest — be it student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must in some way help solve those problems.” Visit the author’s website at http://www.schmalleger.com.
Michael Pittaro, M.P.A., is the Executive Director of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Allentown, Pennsylvania and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching, he serves as a criminal justice curriculum specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Degree Granting Team and as a criminal justice subject matter expert for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Washington, D.C. Most recently, Professor Pittaro’s criminal justice associate degree program, which he chairs, was ranked 16th in the nation in a June 2007 report titled, “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers,” in the publication - Community College Week, 19(21).
Professor Pittaro is the recipient of numerous awards for his philosophy, style, and approach to teaching. He has twice been nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2006 & 2005), Madison’s Who’s Who Among Business Professionals (2007), a finalist in Career Education Corporation’s “Educator of the Year” (2006), the recipient of Lehigh Valley College’s VIP Award, and the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society award for exemplary performance. In addition to serving on a number of local advisory boards, Pittaro also serves on the academic advisory boards for Career Education Corporation’s National Criminal Justice Advisory Board as well as Wadsworth Publishing’s National Career Education Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Professor Pittaro holds a master’s degree in public administration (summa cum laude - 2000) and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice (Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities – 1989) from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. He is presently a 4.0 doctoral student and student ambassador enrolled in Capella University’s School of Public Safety where he is pursuing his PhD degree in criminal justice.
Prior to teaching, he worked for the Northampton County Department of Corrections in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he served in a number of administrative roles, including time spent as the lead Internal Affairs Investigator, Inmate Treatment Division Coordinator, Criminal Records Administrator, and Field Investigations Officer. He has nearly 20 years of professional field experience working with both juvenile and adult criminal offenders and victims. He has also served as a youth advocate and mentor, a group facilitator for sexual offenders, a drug and alcohol counselor, and most recently as a child custody supervisor Northampton County Pennsylvania’s Orphans Court.
Professor Pittaro has authored several journal articles and has contributed to several book publications. Most recently, he authored the nation’s first and only criminal justice ‘quick study’ academic reference guide. In addition to co-editing this particular volume, he also assisted the copyeditor in the final production stages of John Dempsey’s Introduction to Private Security text (Wadsworth, 2007); and is on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences. Professor Pittaro is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators.
Visit the author’s website at http://www.MichaelPittaro.com