James Drylie, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Assistant Professor
Dr. James J. Drylie began his academic pursuits as a student-athlete at the former Kean College in 1975. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice in 1979. Dr. Drylie completed his first Masters degree (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Administration at the former Jersey City State College in 1987. He received a second Masters (M. Phil.) from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at CUNY in 2006. Dr. Drylie’s dissertation (Suicide by Cop: A Case Study Analysis of How Police Practitioners View and Understand Victim-Scripted Suicide) has been accepted for publication with the VDM Publishing House, Saarbrücken, Germany. After graduating from Kean, Dr. Drylie entered into a career in law enforcement with the West Orange, NJ Police Department where he served with distinction as a sworn officer and Director of Police. He was actively involved in programs and operations pertaining to State and federal homeland security as the Law Enforcement Task Force Planner assigned to the New Jersey Urban Areas Security Initiative, Rapid Deployment Force. He was a part of several local, state, and federal deployments during declared states of emergency as a commanding officer of the Essex County Rapid Deployment Team. Retiring at the rank of police captain, after twenty-five years of service, Dr. Drylie joined the faculty at Kean University in September 2006. Dr. Drylie is the advisor for Delta Upsilon, the Kean University Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Classes: Police Organization and Administration, Police Role in the Community, Juvenile Justice, Ethics, Prejudice and Violence, Criminal Justice in America, Justice and Police Power, Issues in Intelligence Gathering.
Research Interests: Suicide by Cop, Police Suicide, Use of Force, Law Enforcement Intelligence Function.
Venessa Garcia, Ph.D.
Dr. Venessa Garcia, co-Principal Investigator, received her B.A. Degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in Sociology (with a focus on sociology of law) in 1992. She received her Masters degree (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) from the State University of New York University at Buffalo in Sociology. She worked as a Research Assistant with the Research Institute on Addictions and as a Research Associate with the National Center for State Courts. She has served as Staff Liaison for the Access and Fairness Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices. She worked as a Research Consultant and Program Evaluator for the Elmira City Police Department and Elmira Correctional Facility. She also served as a Commissioner for the Chemung County Commission on Human Relations and as a member of the Family Violence Committee of the Task Force on Children and Families of Chemung County, Inc. In New Jersey, Dr. Garcia works as a Grant Writer and Research Consultant for the New Jersey State Parole Board and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. She sat on the faculty of Elmira College and Monmouth University before joining the Criminal Justice Program at Kean University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2002. She served as President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators and Editor New Jersey Criminal Justice Educator. She is currently Chair of the Division of Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Garcia has published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Dr. Garcia recently co-edited (with Dr. Janice Clifford) Female Victims of Crime: Reality Reconsidered, published by Prentice Hall.
Classes: Women, Crime and Justice; Victims of Crime; Prejudice, Violence and Criminal Justice; Ethics in Criminal Justice; and Senior Seminar.
Research Interests: Women and Criminal Justice, Police Culture, Victims of Crime, Crime and Victims in the Media, Domestic Violence, Sociology of Law and Organizations.
Connie Hassett-Walker, M.P.A., Ph.D.
Dr. Hassett-Walker received a B.A. degree from Rutgers University (1990). She also has a Masters in Public Administrator from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (1997); and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University (2007). Her dissertation ("Delinquency and the Black Middle Class") was awarded second place by the by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for the 2006 Social Issues Dissertation Award. Prior to joining the faculty at Kean University, Dr. Hassett-Walker worked for eight years as a research associate at the Violence Institute of New Jersey, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has extensive experience conducting program evaluation. While at the Violence Institute, Dr. Hassett-Walker co-authored a funded grant proposal from the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission to implement and evaluate the I Can Problem Solve violence prevention curriculum (Shure, 1992) in kindergarten and first grade classrooms in the Passaic, New Jersey school district. Recent publications have appeared in Justice Research and Policy (2007) and the Journal of Criminal Justice (2002); and will appear in the Journal of School Violence (2008) and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence (forthcoming). She joined the faculty of the Kean University Criminal Justice Department as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2007.
Classes: Victims of Crime; Community Policing; Research Methods
Research Interests: Race, class and crime; victims of crime; alternative crime data sources
Thomas Lateano, M.S., J.D.
Professor Thomas Lateano holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University. He joined the Criminal Justice faculty at Kean University in the Fall of 2000 with many years of teaching, legal and corporate experience. In the Fall of 2003, Prof. Lateano became Director of the Criminal Justice Program and in Fall 2005, Chairperson of the newly formed Department of Criminal Justice. Prof. Lateano has over 16 years of teaching experience at the community college, university and graduate levels. As an attorney, Prof. Lateano spent years as an assistant prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. During his tenure at Kean, Professor Lateano has been very involved in curriculum development. In addition to creating many undergraduate courses, he also created the Masters in Public Administration/ Criminal Justice option and associated graduate courses. Professor Lateano is the faculty advisor for criminal justice internships and the Kean University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Prof. Lateano has presented his research at numerous national and regional conferences including those of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, and the New Jersey Faculty Development Network. He has served as a book reviewer for Prentice Hall, Wadsworth, and Copperhouse Publishing. He remains active in the community by organizing public awareness programs on relevant criminal justice topics.
Classes: Role of Prosecutor, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Justice and Police Power, Proof and Verification in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Internship I & II.
Research Interests: Policing, Law, Ethics, Criminal Justice Education and Service Learning.
P. F. McManimon, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. McManimon received his B.S. Degree from Bradley University in Sociology (concentration in Crime and Deviance), International Studies and Religion in 1973. He worked for 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections beginning as an officer and was promoted to correctional counselor, facility superintendent, and regional administrator. He served as Warden for the Mercer County Detention Center from November 1988 to November 1998. He received his Masters degree and Ph. D. from Rutgers University in Criminal Justice. He has taught at William Paterson University and Marist College before coming to Kean University in the Spring of 2004. Dr. McManimon is also a certified expert witness in United States Federal Courts in the field of correctional management.
Classes: Corrections, Parole and Probation, and Research Methods in Criminal Justice.
Research Interests: Violence in Correctional Facilities, Jail Management, Effects of Legislation on Criminal Justice Components, Megan's Law