Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Kimberly Dodson, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Stipes Hall 403J
Phone: 309/298-2213

Dr. Dodson received her Ph.D. (2009) in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received both her M.A. (2001) and B.S. (1998) in criminal justice and criminology from East Tennessee State University.  Professor Dodson also received an A.A.S. (1995) in public safety from Walters State Community College.  Dr. Dodson has eight years of teaching experience at the university level.  Most recently she served as the Director of Criminal Justice for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Prior to joining Western Illinois University, Professor Dodson worked for Greene County Sheriff’s Department in Greeneville, Tennessee.  She worked in a variety of positions including corrections, patrol, and criminal investigations.  As an investigator, she primarily worked cases involving missing and exploited children.  In addition, Professor Dodson worked for the United States Marshal’s Service, also located in Greeneville, Tennessee, where her primary responsibilities were the supervision and transport of federal inmates.

Professor Dodson’s research area of interest is corrections, especially the treatment of special needs inmates.  Dr. Dodson has published a number of articles and book chapters on prisons and the treatment of inmates.  She has also presented numerous papers on correctional issues at national conferences including the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.