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  • Stephanie P. Manzi, Ph.D.

Dean's Message

The faculty and staff within the School of Justice Studies (SJS) are committed to academic and professional excellence. It is for these reasons that we strongly believe that one of the most valuable tools that we can provide our students with is the ability to link the theoretical knowledge in the classroom to its real-world practical application. Several examples of how the SJS helps students achieve this are through:

  • Our course in Crime Prevention where students work with local police agencies to “design out” crime
  • Our internship program which has placed students in all levels of law enforcement, private law firms, the Office of the Attorney General and in various correctional divisions
  • Our legal advocacy clinic where students assist victims of crime
  • Our mock trial team which competes in regional and national tournaments
  • Our student-faculty research that takes students to national conferences to present research findings
  • Our Justice System and Training Institute which offers seminars to professionals across the criminal justice field

It is also important that we emulate the Core Values of RWU. Within the SJS you will find preparation for careers and future study through our internship program, joint SJS & Career Center Reception and career panels. The promotion of civil discourse is seen in the Mock Trial Club, coursework on comparative criminal justice systems and faculty testimony before the Rhode Island General Assembly. Our appreciation of global perspectives is illustrated through our partnerships with the Turkish National Police, the Republic of Georgia and the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and the two SJS sponsored study abroad programs in Europe. The collaboration of student and faculty in research is visible in student participation in grant-funded faculty research and through student conference presentations

The SJS offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that encourage the development of critical thinking skills, address contemporary issues and explore “justice”. Students have the opportunity to study case law, police systems, organized crime, homeland security, juvenile gangs, digital forensics, correctional systems and public administration. Several of our programs are also available in an accelerated delivery system.

We look forward to going on your academic journey with you. It is our hope that when you graduate from RWU your learning experience does not end here and that we have inspired you to become a lifelong learner.

Stephanie P. Manzi, Ph.D.