Beth Whittington

Beth Whittington

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice

"I began teaching because I was passionate about sharing what I had learned in the field of criminal justice with future practitioners. I wanted all to be the very best they could be."

Degrees held:

  • MA in Criminal Justice – Northeast Louisiana University, 1992
  • BA in Law Enforcement – Northeast Louisiana University, 1977

Career Highlights:

  • Recipient of Bolton Teaching Award for Academic Excellence
  • Received Endowed Professorship
  • Received several innovative teaching awards

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

BS Criminal Justice

Which classes do you teach online?

I have taught almost all of criminal justice courses online.

Why did you start teaching?

I began teaching because I was passionate about sharing what I had learned in the field of criminal justice with future practitioners. I wanted all to be the very best they could be.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

Some of the best advice I ever received was don't try to emulate others. Take the best from each and make that your own working personality.

What's your best advice for someone who is returning to finish an undergraduate degree?

I went back after 15 years to finish an advanced degree. Thus, I understand the fear and apprehension that accompanies a return to school to finish a degree. Embrace the opportunity. Read! Stay organized. A calendar/planner is your best friend. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Keep a positive mental attitude.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Bible

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in criminal justice?

They possess critical thinking skills. They genuinely care for others. They go above and beyond what they are required to do.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in criminal justice face today?

Time and time, again, leaders of criminal justice agencies express to CJ faculty their struggles in finding quality applicants and employees. They are finding them to be obsessed with social media and lacking socialization skills. They are lacking in writing and communication skills. They want to start at salaries and positions in which it takes years to work up to.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

Online learning is here to stay. It will enable those in the field of criminal justice to complete degrees while maintaining their employment. It provides a means of keeping current in the field through continuing education in a wide variety of subjects.

What can earning a bachelor's degree do for a working adult?

While there are competent and quality criminal justice personnel who do not have college degrees, there are longitudinal studies that show significant benefits for college educated employees. Among them are better people and problem solving skills, less complaints against them, creative thinkers and researchers, resourceful, less likely to use force as first response, use less sick time, improved adaptability and writing skills, greater acceptance of minorities, culturally diverse and adroit, and the list goes on and on.

Links to share:

Why cops should pursue higher education – PoliceOne.com

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