A national publication has named a Bainbridge State College criminal justice professor an assistant editor after it accepted one of his articles for publication.

Assistant Professor Steven Hougland was named associate editor of Law Enforcement Executive Forum after it accepted his article on rural crime entitled “Urban centric theory and the rural student: Contextualizing criminal justice theory for the rural classroom.”

“It’s really an honor for me in my academic career. It’s the biggest honor I’ve received,” said Dr. Hougland, a veteran law enforcement officer. “It is an honor for the College as well. It’s something I get to show to my students, and the Forum reaches both those in the academic and professional settings.”

The article is scheduled to be published in the December edition of the Forum. The article is on criminal justice texts that often focus on city crime and urban-based crime theory while failing to acknowledge rural crime or its etiology. Dr. Hougland asserts specific teaching methods be offered to engage students in active learning and critical thinking exercise designed to contextualize the rural experience.

Dr. Hougland, who resides in Tallahassee, Fla., has been an assistant professor of criminal justice at Bainbridge State since 2012. He is also a part-time professor at South College.

Prior to coming to Bainbridge State, Dr. Hougland was a faculty member at Southwest Georgia Technical College, and he was an adjunct professor at Kaplan University, Thomas University and the University of Central Florida.

He earned a doctorate in public affairs, a master’s in English literature and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Central Florida.

Prior to entering teaching, Dr. Hougland retired as director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s law enforcement training center, and he was the division director of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Prior to working for the State of Florida, Dr. Hougland worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years.


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