LAT 101: Introduction to Law
LAT 220: Legal Research
CRJ 365: Practicum
CRJ 440: Juvenile Law
CRJ 460: Administration & Planning
CRJ 465: Internship
Suzanne Kissock is an Associate Professor, the Program Director of the ABA-Approved Legal Studies Program, and the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Suzanne has served as LS Program Director since 2006. She graduated cum laude from St. Louis University with a B.A. degree in Political Science. She then attended St. Louis University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1996. Suzanne practiced law for ten years before accepting her position at Western in 2005. Ms. Kissock specialized in the areas of juvenile law and criminal law. In 2004, she was appointed by Missouri Governor to serve on the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. Ms. Kissock has previously served on the Board of Directors for the St. Joseph Chapter of the YWCA, the Ladies Union Benevolent Association, the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Buchanan County Social Welfare Board. In 2007 Suzanne received the Jesse Lee Myers award for excellence in teaching. In 2012 she received the “Drum Major for Justice Award” from the Center for Multicultural Education. From 2012 to 2015 Ms. Kissock served as a member of the Standing Committee on Paralegal Approval Commission for the American Bar Association. In 2014, she was recognized by Missouri Western with the “James Scanlon Award” for outstanding service. In 2019, the received the Women’s Justice Awards from the Missouri Lawyer’s Media for public service.
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David Marble started working in the Criminal Justice field in December 1993 when he accepted a position as a graduate intern at the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. He was pursuing a Masters Degree at the University of Utah and the internship was a requirement for graduation. He completed his internship in September 1994 and then immediately entered the Corrections Academy for certified training needed for his position as a Research Analyst for the Utah Department of Corrections. In this position he helped to develop and then run a moral literacy rehabilitation program for prison inmates. In 1997, he accepted a position as a Correctional Habilitative Specialist at the Utah State Prison where he had a caseload of 144 medium security inmates. He prepared inmate institutional progress reports for inmates appearing before the Board of Pardons, conducted inmate security reassessments, and oversaw inmate life skills training. In 1995, while working at the prison, David completed his Masters of Public Administration Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and began work as an Adjunct Criminal Justice Professor for Salt Lake Community College. In August 1999, he accepted a full-time position as a Criminal Justice Professor at Collin College in Plano, Texas. During his 14 years at Collin College he helped develop the Criminal Justice degree program and served as the Departmental Chair of Criminal Justice and Political Science between 2003 and 2013. Beginning in 2007 he started working towards MS and Ph.D. degrees in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He completed a doctoral dissertation on the impact of discretionary parole release on offender recidivism and graduated with a Ph.D. in April 2012. In August 2013, he moved his family to Northern Missouri and began employment as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Missouri Western State University. In 2019 he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married since 1990 and are the parents of four children and have two beautiful granddaughters.
Melissa Boyd is a part-time instructor for the Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work Department. Melissa has instructed with the department since January 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri Western State University with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice – Legal Studies and a Paralegal Studies Certificate in December 2011. Upon graduation she also commissioned as an Active Duty Army Officer from the MWSU Army ROTC program. While serving on active duty at Fort Riley, Kansas, she attended Kansas State University where she obtained her M.S. degree in Family Studies-Youth Development in December 2016. Melissa has worked on two research collaborations, one with Dr. Greg Lindsteadt during her undergraduate time at MWSU called, “Voices in the Hall” that was published in the Missouri Western State University Applied Sciences Journal in 2012. Melissa was the recipient of the Blake K. Scanlon presentation grant and received recognition for the outstanding undergraduate research paper. The second research presentation focused on utilizing Equine Therapy as a Juvenile Sentencing Alternative and was presented as her culminating M.S. degree requirement for graduation. Melissa served on active duty in the United States Army for 5 years as a commissioned officer in the Human Resources field. Upon leaving the military with an honorable discharge, Melissa began teaching for MWSU and became actively involved in her community. Melissa has volunteered with her local Sherriff’s department on the mounted search and rescue team as well as serving on the executive board for the Fort Rucker Community Spouses’ Club. Melissa has received numerous military and community awards and recognitions for her work to date.