Dr. Tia Andersen
Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Tia Andersen emphasizes providing direct experiences and exercises designed to complement traditional academic studies, which in Criminology and Criminal Justice often center on reading about, talking about, and writing about the realities being studied. An example of Dr. Andersen’s innovative teaching practices is her Adolescent Mentoring course. Through partnerships with local school districts, Dr. Andersen developed a course that pairs undergraduate students with at risk youth. Her students continuously speak of the significance of this class in their education, and many change their career trajectories after the experience. Several of the mentees have gone on to pursue college or start their careers after their time with their mentors.