Faculty Profile

William D. Moreto, PhD

William D. Moreto, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He recently graduated from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (2013) and joined the UCF faculty in 2013. He specializes in environmental criminology and crime prevention, geographic information systems (GIS) and crime mapping, spatiotemporal crime analysis, qualitative methods, policing and wildlife crime. He has published in scholarly journals and edited texts and is currently overseeing the Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis at the Department of Criminal Justice. Moreto's current research interests include wildlife law enforcement and anti-poaching initiatives, and the illegal wildlife market.

Roberto Hugh Potter, PhD

Roberto Hugh Potter, PhD, is the Director of Research and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. His doctorate in Sociology (Florida, 1982) focused on criminology and organizational theory. In the past 30 years he has worked in "real world" positions as a Criminal Justice Planner and Evaluator for the State of Florida, Director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Institute in the Office of the State Courts Administrator, Training and Research Director for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Evaluation and Information Systems for Families First in Atlanta, and over the course of a decade, a Behavioral Scientist, Public Health Advisor, and Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In all of those settings he worked with the interfaces among criminal justice agencies and community-based organizations. His academic work and current research have focused on health-related issues in criminal justice (HIV/AIDS, STDs, chronic diseases, pandemic influenza, etc.), organizational issues in the juvenile and criminal justice arenas, as well as the social control and policing of adult entertainment. His role in the professional track MS emphasizes developing an understanding of the organizational environment faced by leaders in the justice system and the community-based organizations and businesses with which they continually interact. Dr. Potter believes that the Professional Track is "essential to preparing current and future criminal justice leaders in understanding evidence-based practices and organizational skills necessary to deliver justice in a cost-effective and human manner." The skills and knowledge gained through this MS program will also benefit those directors of community-based organizations who deal with criminal justice populations.

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