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Casey Holland Akins

Lecturer

"You will enter a job with the advantage of already understanding the bigger picture: how criminal justice connects with other facets of society and how it both impacts and is impacted by politics, economics, history and communication practices."

Degrees Held:

M.S. in Criminal Justice – University of North Florida, 2001

Career Highlights:

Teaching criminal justice classes for 15 years. Specialize in wrongful convictions, sexual assault prevention, sex crimes, serial killers, interpersonal violence.

In which online bachelor's degree programs do you teach?

B.S. in Criminal Justice

Which classes do you teach in the online?

CRIJ 1301, CRIJ 3314, CRIJ 3316, CRIJ 3318, CRIJ 4321

What types of projects can students expect in your online courses?

Video lectures, individual projects in PowerPoint or video format, group discussions, exams

What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?

They will learn how to approach criminal justice as a system of complex and competing goals with the notion of justice at the center.

What advice would you give to those considering an online bachelor's degree program?

Be prepared to be a good online learner. It requires self-discipline and self-motivation. Go in with a clear idea of WHY you want your degree and use that to keep you motivated when things get tough!

What is the value of a bachelor's degree? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?

You will enter a job with the advantage of already understanding the bigger picture: how criminal justice connects with other facets of society and how it both impacts and is impacted by politics, economics, history and communication practices.

Why did you start teaching?

To connect with students and help them achieve their goals.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

I have five children and five pets. I'm also pursuing my Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, focusing on the communication practices in the criminal justice system, especially around wrongful convictions.


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