VSU’s Bobbie Ticknor leads a criminology and criminal justice research group




Dr Bobbie Ticknor of Valdosta State University recently began a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of the Criminology Consortium.

Ticknor’s primary goal with the Criminology Consortium is to set the direction for the organization’s annual CrimCon conference. The 2021 event, “Innovations in Criminal Justice and Criminology: Moving Forward After a Pandemic,” will be held virtually October 18-22 and is free.

Caption: Bobbie Ticknor, Chairman of the Board of the Criminology Consortium, Valdosta State University, leads students during research

“For many of us on the ground, the projects came to a halt when COVID-19 hit,” she said. “We had to find innovative ways to continue our work. This conference highlights these efforts, giving both students new to the field and practitioners doing research the opportunity to share their experiences.

“Most criminal justice conferences were canceled last year. Some are doing face-to-face or hybrid models this year. CrimCon is fully online so everyone can attend. We wanted to make the conference as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.

The Criminology Consortium is made up of academic criminologists and research-loving criminal justice researchers. The organization is keen to ensure that anyone conducting research on topics related to crime, criminal justice or public policy at a university, research organization or criminal justice organization has an outlet for their work. .

“I am truly honored to be able to serve this organization,” Ticknor continued. “I believe in the vision of our founding council. They created this organization so that everyone could have the opportunity to learn more about our field and discuss their work. Criminal justice is a very diverse field that has implications across society. Research should not be limited to those who can afford to attend these types of conferences.

Prior to becoming Chairman of the Board of the Criminology Consortium, Ticknor served the organization as a technology consultant, panelist and session host.

“Several of my students will be attending the conference,” she explained. “It’s a great opportunity for them to see research in action. It also really solidifies the material I present in class. This applied knowledge is invaluable as they move from student to professional.

Ticknor said the conference will enable students from VSU’s Department of Criminal Justice to attend sessions, speakers and panel discussions on a variety of topics in criminal justice and criminology – law enforcement, courts. and corrections, intersectionality in criminal justice, victimology and innovations in criminal justice Justice.

Ticknor joined VSU faculty in 2014 and is currently Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She also coordinates the Virtual Reality Lab on campus.

His areas of expertise include correctional rehabilitation (treatment, assessment and program design, and curriculum development), criminal justice technology, sex crimes and sex offender policies and practices, rehabilitation services and biosocial criminology.

His preferred class to teach is CRJU 4200: Seminar in Corrections.

“It gives me the opportunity to bring applied learning and several experiential learning activities that students will see when they leave VSU to start their careers,” she explained. “I am also incorporating the use of virtual reality into this course so that students can experience different scenarios related to what we are learning in the classroom and see the technology at work. I believe virtual reality is part of the future of our field. It is an invaluable tool which is now widely adopted by researchers and practitioners. Our students at VSU, however, are one of the few programs to use technology for learning.

Outside of his academic career, Ticknor has worked in the criminal justice field for over two decades. She currently works locally with the Prison Reentry Initiative of Georgia, a governor’s office transition, support and reintegration program that helps rehabilitated offenders overcome barriers to successful reintegration into society while ensuring public safety and security. reducing recurrence. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the National Incarceration Association.

As a professional consultant, Ticknor conducts trainings, program evaluations and program / program development for criminal justice agencies across the country. She also works internationally with several criminal justice agencies and universities on programs for corrections and law enforcement.

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