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Dr. Elmer Polk
Clinical Professor-Criminology and Sociology
Contact Address   800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021     Office MailstopMail Box: GR31, Green, Room No.: GR2208 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2983    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Criminal JusticeSam Houston State University1993
 M.S.Criminal JusticeRollins College1979
 B.A.Criminal JusticeUniversity of South Florida1976
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  YearPublication  Type
“Online Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree Programs in the United States: An Emerging Model” Provides assessment and trends of current program offerings in the U.S. in a national sample. Pending submission to the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
Polk, O. E. (2009) Instructor’s Manual. Testbank and Power Points for Community-Based Corrections, 8th ed. by Alarid, L., Cromwell, P., & del Carmen, R. Cengage Learning. Belmont, CA. 1-286, 309 Power Points.
Hamblett, S., del Carmen, A., & Polk, O.E. (2008). Perspectives on the death penalty: Ditferences in knowledge levels and beliefs of CRCJ and non-CRCJ majors. Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice), Fall 5 (2).
Category: Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice
Peer reviewed
Rodriquez, R. lll & Polk, O.E. (2008). Geographic policing: A contemporary approach to spatial accountability in a North Texas police department. Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Spring 5 (1).
Category: Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice
Peer reviewed
Sandifer, L., Polk, O.E., & del Camien, A (2007). Police use of force: Does gender make a difference. The Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 7(6) September. 155-167.
Category: The Law Enforcement Executive Forum
Peer reviewed
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2009 2009 Gun Crime Intervention in Dallas: A Six Year Evaluation.

Panel Presentation, 2009 Annual Meeting ot the Academy oi Criminal Justice Sciences. Boston, MA.

2006 2006 lmplementing and Evaluating Anti-Gang Initiatives ln Dallas, TX,

Panel Presentation, 2006. US Dept. ot Justice Six City Anti-Gang Initiative National Conference

2006 2006 An Evaluation oifProject Sate Neighborhoods Gun Violence Interventions with David Armstrong

Panel Presentation, 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southwestem Association ot Criminal Justce.

2005 2005 UtiIizing Research to Enhance Police Training Programs: A Look at What We Can Leam From Deadly Force and Other lncidents, with David Armstrong

Panel Presentation 2005. Annual Meeting of the Southwestem Association of Criminal Justice

2004 2004 "Use of Force by Southem Police Officers: A Two State Study" with David Armstrong and David Rodriguez III

Panel Presentation, 2004 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2009-currentClinical ProfessorCriminologyEPPSUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2008-2009Visiting LecturerDepartment of Criminal Justice The University of North Texas
2007-2008Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Sociology and Criminal Justice Kennesaw State University
2004-2007Associate ProfessorDepartment of Criminology and Criminal Justice University of Texas at Arlington
1998-2004Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Criminology and Criminal Justice University of Texas at Ariington
1993-1997Associate ProfessorDepartment of Criminal Justice Coppin State College, Baltimore, Maryland
1991-1993Research AssociateThe Law Enforcement Management Institute Sam Houston State University
1988-1991Doctoral Fellow  Sam Houston State University
1986-1988Community Affairs (VIP) Coordinator  Bexar County (San Antonio) Juvenile Probation Department
1985-1986Juvenile Detention Center Supervisor  Bexar County (San Antonio) Juvenile Probation Department
1985-1985Juvenile Probation Officer  Bexar County (San Antonio) Juvenile Probation Department
1984-1985Juvenile Detention Officer  Bexar County (San Antonio) Juvenile Probation Department
1980-1984Probation and Parole Officer  Florida Department of Corrections
1980-1980Correctional OfficerFla. DOC St. Petersburg Probation and Restltution Center (Florida Department of Corrections)
1979-1980Juvenile Youth Home Director and Administrative Officer l  Navajo Tribe, Department of Youth Services, Window Rock, Arizona
1976-1979Probation and Parole Officer  Florida Department of Corrections, Lakeland, Florida
2/2007-2/2007Develop and offer online live CRCJ courses consisting of three graduate and two undergraduate elective coursesUTA Distance Leaming Center$20,000Previous
2006-2006Hozohooji Walk: Prospectus for a Shared Value Partnership in Service Leaming and Field Education Among the Navajo PeopleMulti-authored grant$299,260Previous
10/1/08-9/30/09A three year gang violence reduction program in the Ft. Worth - Dallas MetroplexDepartment of Justice BJA funding through the North Texas U.S. Atfomeys Office and the Greater Dallas Crime Commission$38,000Previous
10/01/06-09/30/082006 Anti-Gang Initiative for DallasDepartment of Justice BJA funding through the North Texas Crime Commission$119,993Previous
10/1/05-9/30/06Research Partner/Cnme Analyst Study of Gun-Related Violence in Dallas, Texas: An Evaluation of 2004/2005 PSN lnitiativesU.S. Department of Justice$49,952Previous
08/08/06Texas Justice information Exchange Model (TJIEM) ProjectTexas Conference of Urban Counties via the Texas integrated Justice lnfomiation Systems Advisory Committee$150,000Previous
06/16/05Police Use of Force; A Dallas Study of the Effects of Taser Policy on the Use of Force ContinuumU. S. Department of Justice$250,000Previous
2003Dallas Area Wolent Crime incident ReviewBureau of Justice Assistance via the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force Committee$29,766Previous
2/22/05Police Use of Force: A Dallas Study of the Effects of Taser Policy on Use of Force ContinuumU.S. Department of Justice Previous
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  • 2009, December. Polk, O.E., Wyman, S., & Wilkins, B. Final Report & Evaluation and Data Files: Project Safe Neighborhoods & Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative for the Northern District of Texas. Submitted to the Department of Justice and the North Texas Crime Commission.  639 pp.
  • 2009. Received service award from The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and the North Texas Crime Commission for outstanding service, leadership, and dedication while participating in the Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang Initiative.
  • 2009. Polk, O. E. Instructor’s Manual. Testbank and Power Points for Community-Based Corrections, 8th ed. by Alarid, L., Cromwell, P., & del Carmen, R. Cengage Learning. Belmont, CA. 1-286, 309 Power Points.
  • 2008. October. Reviewed and critiqued testbank for Siegel and Sienna's new introduction to Criminal Justice textbook for Cengage Publishing.
  • 2008. September. Developed and presented a three hour training module on Juvenile Justice rn Texas to a visiting contingent of thirty-four dignitaries from Thailand's Department of Ministry and other leading criminal justice professionals.
  • 2008. May. Reviewed and critiqued book entitled, Corrections Today, a first edition by unknown author for Wadsworth Publishers.
  • 2008. February. Reviewed and critiqued book enntled, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 11"* ed., by Larry Siegel & Joseph Senna for Wadsworth Publishers.
  • 2007. October. Completed the seventeen—moduIe, social and behavioral science, research certiHcaIion course on Human Research Curriculum by the Collaborative Institutional Training lnitiative (CIT|).
  • 2007. September. Evaluation ot Six-City Gang Initiatives, Crime Interventions in the Northem District of Texas tor grant extension period oi October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007 on grant number 2006—PG—BX0094. Submitted to the U.S. Department oi Justice and the North Texas Crime Commission. Lead author ot project team including Shemian Wyman and Bob Wilkins. 405 pp.
  • 2006. August Reviewed and critiqued book manuscript entitled, The Blue Guide: Written Communication for Law Enforcement by Elizabeth Brockman for Pierson, Allyn, and Bacon Publishing.
  • 2005. October. "A Review and Evaluation ot Project Sate Neighborhoods Initiatives in the Northem District ot Texas — A Three-Year Study" submitted to the U. S. Department ot Justice on Grant # 2002GP—CX-0226. Lead author of project team includng Sherman Wyman and Bob Wilkins.
  • 2004. July. Reviewed and critiqued rewrite oi book manuscript entitled, Juvenile Justice: Process and Law for Wadsworth Publishing.
  • 2004. May. Reviewed and critiqued book manuscript entitled, Juvenile Justice: Process and Law tor Wadsworth Publishing.
  • 2002- Present External reviewer for The Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
  • 1999 — 2006. External reviewer for The International Journal of Police Science Management
  • 1996. The Contemporary Journal of Cnminal Justice 11(3), August 1996, coedited special edition entitled "Police Training and Violence", managing editor, George Rush.
  • 1995, March. Reviewed and critiqued book manuscript entitled Corrections in America tor West Publishing.
  • 1995-1997 Served as reviewer tor West Educational Publishing Corporation, reviewing and editing correctional textbooks; served as external reviewer tor Police Studies and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
  • 1987. Bexar County Juvenile Probation Policy and Procedure Manual with Keith Fortney and committee. Written in cooperation with the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the American Correctional Association. Distributed by the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department, San Antonio, Texas.


Developed and obtained Curriculum Committee approval for nine new courses during 1994-2010: 
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Juvenile Justice & Juvenile Corrections (graduate)
  • Statistics for Criminal Justice Research
  • Legal Liabilities of Criminal Justice Professionals 
  • Survey of American Policing
  • Advanced Legal and Technical Writing
  • Institutional Corrections Online course
  • Organizational Theory& Management Thought (graduate)
  • Foundations of Criminal Justice Online
Undergraduate Courses Taught 
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Community Corrections 
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Institutional Corrections 
  • Conference Courses
  • Statistics for CJ Research
  • Advanced Legal and Technical Writing
  • Criminal Justice Research 
  • Legal Liabilities of Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Criminal Justice Internship I 
  • Criminal Justice Internship II
  • Cooperative Field Placement I
  • Cooperative Field Placement II
  • Cooperative Field Placement III
  • Cooperative Field Placement IV
  • Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Victimology Corrections
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • Police in America
  • Drugs in America
  • Social Control and Criminal Sanctions
  • Advanced Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
Graduate Courses Taught
  • Thesis I & II
  • CRCJ Seminar
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Research & Statistics
  • Rights of the Incarcerated
  • Advanced Criminology
  • Problems in the Exercise of Institutional Authority
  • Field Training/Practicum
  • Conference Courses
  • Drugs in America
  • Courts


Active Memberships & Service:

  1. American Correctional Association (since 2/10/85)
  2. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (since 10/11/93)
  3. Southwest Association of Criminal Justice (since 3/10/99)
  4. American Criminological Society 9/01/94-12/30/97) (since 11/1/07)
  5. Member of the Greater Dallas Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force (2002present)
  6. Member of the greater Dallas Anti-Gang Initiative Proposal Selection Committee (Summer 2006 - present)
  7. QM online course reviewer

At Kennesaw State University

  1. Served as a member of the departments Research and Grantsmanship Committee
  2. Served on the Masters Curriculum and Degree Program Development Committee for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
  3. Chaired the Committee on the Homeland Security Specialty Development Committee for the new Ph.D. in International Relations for the College of Humanities and Social Services. Degree program was awarded to KSU.
  4. Served on the Research Cumculum Development Committee tor the new Ph.D. in lntemationsal Relations for the College of Humanities and Social Services.


  1. Graduate Advisor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Department (1998-2000, Fall 2006 - Summer 2007)
  2. UTA Faculty Senate representative from CRCJ (2004 -2006)
  3. UTA - University Parking Committee (2005 - 2006)
  4. Area High School Speaker on criminology & criminal justice careers and/or majors (1998, 2006)
  5. Member ofthe Hozhooji Walk Consortium, with Southwest Adventist University, A Service Leaming, Field Education Project to provide continuing education to the Navajo Nation in Ganado, New Mexico (2003-2007)
  6. Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (11/1/93-12/96) State representative for 
    Maryland, 1995.
  7. College of Liberal Arts Tenure 8 Promotion Committee (Fall 2006 - Spring 2007)
  8. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Teaching Awards Committee 2006-07
  9. CRCJ Tenure & Promotion Review Committee (Fall 2005 - Spring 2007)
  10. CRCJ Faculty Search Committees 1998-99, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 20032004, Chair 2004-2005, Chair 2005-2006, 2006-2007
  11. Chair, CRCJ Committee on Graduate Studies (Fall 2000 - Fall 2006)
  12. CRCJ Unit Effectiveness Plan Committee (1999-2007)
  13. Sponsor of the CRCJ Student Organization & East Texas Prison Tour (2000-2006)
  14. Curiculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts (1998-2003)
  15. Chair, CRCJ Curriculum Committee (1998-2003)
  16. Library Resources Committee, Criminology and Criminal Justice Program (1998-2004)
  17. Retention and Recruitment Committee, Chair, CRCJ Program (19982006)
  18. Retention and Recruitment Committee, College of Liberal Arts (1998-2002)
  19. CRCJ Adjunct Faculty Review Committee (1999-2004)
  20. McNair Mentor (Summer 2001)
  21. ACJS Affirmative Action Committee (2000-2001)

At Coppin State

  1. Interim Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Coppin State College, Fall 1994 - Spring 1996.
  2. University Curriculum Committee (Fall 1993-Fall 1997).
  3. University Graduate Council (Fall 1994 - Fall 1997).
  4. College of Arts and Sciences Personnel Committee (1994-1997).
  5. Criminal Justice Undergraduate Advisor (Fall 1993Fall 1997).
  6. Chair, Department of Criminal Justice Library Resources Committee (Fall 1993-Fall 1997).
  7. Presidents Committee on Police Training (Summer 1995-Fall 1997).
  8. McNair Mentor {Fall 1995-Fall 1997).
  9. Maryland Correctional Association (7/94-12/97)
  10. Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (11/1/93-12/98) State representative for Maryland, 1995.

Past CJ Field Memberships and Associations:

  1. American Probation and Parole Association (1993-1996)
  2. Texas Probation Association (1984-89)
  3. Officer of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (198689)
  4. Board of Directors, St Mary's Drop-in Center, San Antonio (1988-89)
  5. Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency (197884)
  6. Member of the Tallahassee Community Correctional Center's Citizen Advisory Committee (1981)
  7. Member of the Fl Dept. of Corrections Committee on Standards and Procedures for ACA accreditation (1983-84)
  8. Member of the Bexar County, Texas Juvenile Probation Departrrrent's Committee on standards and procedures for ACA accreditation (1988-89)
  9. American Criminological Society (9/01/94-12/30/97;11/1/07-08)
  10. Southern Criminal Justice Association (9/30/07-9/30/08))

  • Thirty-six years total experience in criminology & criminal justice related work.
  • Seven years working with adult probation and parole offenders; six years with juveniles, four years in criminal justice field research, and fifteen years as a Lecturer! Assistant / Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.
  • Seven and one-half years supervisory experience; Four and one-half years administrative experience.
  • Wide variety of experience in, probation, parole, minimum security adult facilities, secure juvenile detention, juvenile probation and law enforcement research.
  • Experience in writing and administering grants.

  • 2013 – Developed for online delivery and assigned to teach CRIM 6310 & CRIM 6311 plus undergraduate sections of 3310 and the core 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice .
  • 2012 – Taught four courses 6313, 6317, 2316, & 2317) in Spring semester including two new online MS courses developed for the MS Online degree to be initiated in Fall 2012. Continued to serve as Alpha Phi Sigma Faculty Sponsor. Continued work on the development of CRIM 6300, 6303, and EPPS 6310 for online delivery in the Fall in the new Online MS Program. Assisted in recruitment drive for graduate students for the Online Program. 
  • 2011– Developed/updated syllabi for and taught 12 regular undergraduate and graduate courses plus two internship/independent study courses. Taught both online and traditional lecture sections and worked on developing two new master‟s level criminology courses in corrections and courts for online delivery in Spring of 2012 as precursor to the new Crim. Master‟s Online Degree program being initiated in Fall of 2012. Served as faculty sponsor for The Criminology Honor‟s Society, Alpha Phi Sigma. 
  • 2010 – Developed new preparation and syllabus for CRIM 4316 Advanced Issues in Corrections and prepared and taught additional sections in CRIM 3310 Youth Crime and Justice and CRIM 3316 Corrections. Also taught undergraduate and graduate sections of CRIM 3317 Criminal Prosecution & Court Processes & CRIM 6317 Courts. Prepared and taught graduate and undergraduate sections of CRIM 3312 & CRIM 6348 as well as CRIM 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice for online delivery in summer semester. Served as Faculty Advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma Student Honors Organization updating financial and activity records for UTD and the National Alpha Phi Sigma Office. Increased active membership from seven to twenty- six. Received recognition from UTD Student Athletes and UTD Athletics Department as an ING Financial Faculty Coach of the Game. Updated and taught five additional courses in the fall semester. Taught five courses via online format, five via traditional classroom lecture, and one via distance education format. 
  • 2009 – Developed/updated syllabi for UNT in Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Systems, Criminology, and Drugs in America. In Fall at UTD, developed syllabi for Advanced Criminology, Advanced Criminal Justice, Crime in America, and Social Policy and Criminal Sanctions. Also prepared Corrections course for online delivery in Spring 2010. Served asFaculty Advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma Student Organization. 
  • 2008 –Completed the nationally recognized “Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Training” and became certified as a peer reviewer of online courses. Completed the “Quality Matters Improving Your Online Course Workshop using the QM Rubric” and redeveloped my online corrections course to comply with QM Certification. Spring semester, updated syllabi for and taught two sections of criminal procedure and one section of criminology. Served as a peer reviewer for online courses being added to the Kennesaw State University curriculum. Developed CRJU 1101 Foundations of Criminal Justice as a certified online offering. In summer I updated syllabi for and taught Police in America, Corrections, & Criminology. Prepared syllabi for and taught three sections in the fall at UNT including Police, Juvenile Justice, & Juvenile Delinquency. Three students from my Juvenile Justice class won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place honors in the LAE Regional Competition in Juvenile Justice in October 2008.
  • 2007 – Fall semester, developed syllabi for and taught Foundations to Criminal Justice and Criminal Procedure courses and re-developed and taught an online Corrections course. Spring semester, modified syllabi and taughttwo undergraduate and one graduate course, served on three graduate thesis committees and chaired two nonthesis committees. Nominated for UT Arlington’s President’s Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching.Continued to serve as Graduate Advisor and co-online advisor for the department serving approximately 55 graduate students and 250 online undergraduates. During Fall, I attended advisor training, developed a new course syllabus for 3315, developed 3332 Corrections as a Georgia specific online course, and advised majors as needed.
  • 2006 - Modified syllabi and taught seven CRCJ lecture and online courses, served as co-faculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Student Organization, continued in the Online Program by teaching two courses in corrections and serving as departmental co-advisor to the Online Program providing advising to approximately 200 students and resumed duties as CRCJ Graduate Advisor effective August 2006. Served on four thesis committees and numerous non-thesis committees, chaired one Honor‟s College thesis, and served on one doctoral committee for Social Work. Listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers for excellence in teaching
  • 2005 – Recipient of the Gertrude Golladay Award for outstanding teaching within the College of Liberal Arts. Chaired one thesis and served on seven thesis committees. Modified syllabi and taught six CRCJ courses and served as cofaculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Student Organization. Continued participation in the Online Program by teaching one course in corrections and accepting appointment as departmental co-advisor to the Online Degree Completion Program providing advising to approximately 195 students.

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