Faculty Profile

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.

K. Michael Reynolds, PhD

K. Michael Reynolds, PhD, continues to develop new partnerships with educational institutions in Russia to support student/faculty exchanges and empirical research. He has recently published several journal articles focusing on police satisfaction in Russia, issues related to corruption and the rule-of-law, and reform of the Russian criminal justice system. During the past eight years, Dr. Reynolds has taken more than 150 UCF undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students to participate in study abroad. He has also hosted numerous Russian scholars including three university presidents at UCF. In 2009, Dr. Reynolds was given the title of "Honorary Faculty Member" of the Volgograd, Russia, Academy of the Ministry of the Interior. He is one of only three to receive this recognition in the institution's history. He is currently developing a forthcoming book that depicts the history of the modern Russian police. The book, co-authored with Dr. Olga Semukhina, a UCF doctoral graduate of the Public Affairs Program, traces the roots of the modern Russian police from the Russian Empire to the current historical period where major police reforms are underway. Dr. Reynolds recently received a Fulbright Scholarship and resided in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Russia, for one semester conducting research and taught the first crime mapping course in the Russian Federation's senior police academy system. In addition to his work with Russia, he has taught courses in Tbilisi, Georgia, pertaining to the American justice system. Dr. Reynolds was a co-founder of the Florida Law Enforcement Data Sharing system (FINDER) that now encompasses more than 160 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. FINDER provides real-time information sharing and the ability to "connect-the-dots." This project has received national acclaim and so recognized the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Reynolds is continuing evaluation and research related to law enforcement information sharing challenges.

Lee E. Ross, PhD

Lee E. Ross, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. A graduate of Rutgers University, his research interests span a variety of areas, from seminal work on religion and social control theory to more recent explorations of African-American interests in law enforcement. His latest research examines the effects of mandatory arrest policies and the dynamics of domestic violence among African-Americans. As editor of The War Against Domestic Violence (2010), his scholarship can be found in a variety of academic journals, including Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Crime and Justice, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Prior to teaching, Dr. Ross spent several years as an officer with the United States Customs Service. The recipient of various teaching awards, Dr. Ross was a Provost Fellow and currently is the Criminal Justice Coordinator to the PAF program.
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