Department of Criminal Justice

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide justice education, research, and service to students, practitioners, policymakers, and the community by creating an intellectually challenging environment that promotes collegiality and instills the highest level of ethical standards in the pursuit of informed justice policy and practice.

Vision Statement

The Department of Criminal Justice at UTSA will be a leading program recognized for excellence in justice research, innovative education, and policy relevant service to improve the quality of justice within society.


Faculty Feature

Faculty Publications Abound in 2013

“Gang membership and pathways to maladaptive parenting,” an article co-authored by new faculty member Dr. Megan Augustyn, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Dr. Michael Gilbert has seen recent publications in Contemporary Justice Review—“Teaching Restorative Justice: Developing a Restorative Andragogy for Face-to-Face, Online and Hybrid Course Modalities”—and  Crime, Law and Social Change—“Patterns of Victim Marginalization in Victim Offender Mediation: Some Lessons Learned.”

Dr. Byongook Moon has three articles forthcoming in publication: “A Test of General Strain Theory in South Korea: A Focus on Objective/Subjective Strains, Negative Emotions, and Composite Conditioning Factors” (Crime & Delinquency); “A General Strain Approach to Psychological and Physical Bullying: A Study of Interpersonal Aggression at School” (Journal of Interpersonal Violence); and “Sources of Low Self-Control: Influences of Parental and Teachers’ Practices - Evidence from Korea” (Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice).

Dr. Jamie Newsome is publishing “Genetic overlap between delinquent peer association and delinquency in adolescence” in Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Dr. Marie Tillyer has published “Reducing Gang Violence Using Focused Deterrence:  Evaluating the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV)” in Justice Quarterly. The article can be found here.

Assistant Professer Rob Tillyer and Department Chair and Associate Professor Richard Hartley have collaborated on a forthcoming article in Crime & Delinquency entitled “The use and impact of fast-track departures: Exploring prosecutorial and judicial discretion in Federal immigration cases.”

Dr. Rob Tillyer and Dr. Marie Tillyer have published “Researcher-practitioner partnerships & crime analysis: A case study in action research” in Police Practice & Research. The article, which includes two student authors (for story, click here), is available online here.

Dr. Jeff Ward has a forthcoming article in Crime & Delinquency entitled “Hirschi’s redefined self-control: Assessing the implications of the merger between social- and self-control theories.”

Department News

CRJ Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Criminal Justice welcomes to its ranks new assistant professor Dr. Megan Augustyn. Dr. Augustyn comes to UTSA after completing her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Maryland, where she also took her Master’s degree. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Her research interests include crime and its consequences across the life course, juvenile delinquency, and criminal justice policy. She has been published in Justice Quarterly and the Journal of Research on Adolescence, as well as presenting multiple papers at meetings of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Currently, Dr. Augustyn is working on two projects. The first is with colleagues at the University of Maryland and explores an expanded rational choice model to explain help-seeking behavior among victims of intimate partner violence in developing nations. Her second project is a continuation of her work with the Pathways to Desistance Study data looking at the effects of procedural justice and legitimacy among serious adolescent offenders on offending behavior.

Dr. Augustyn found her way into criminal justice because “I thought it would be a fun elective in college.” She has enjoyed becoming a San Antonio resident. “The people and the students are so friendly. My husband, daughter and I are looking forward to being Texans.”



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Student Information

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Applying to the program

All undergraduate students, including new freshmen and transfer students, should refer to Undergraduate Admissions for details on applying to our program.

The Graduate School offers up to date information on how to apply and requirements for the program. Visit our Graduate program webpage for more information.

Information on Non-Thesis Option

The Department of Criminal Justice recently added a non-thesis option (comprehensive exam) for the Masters of Science in Justice Policy.  Students admitted to the MSJPY program under the 2013-2015 graduate catalog  have the option to complete a written comprehensive exam rather than a Master’s thesis.  Students admitted to the MSJPY program under earlier catalogs have the option to change catalogs and thus would be eligible to complete the non-thesis option as part of their degree requirements under the 2013-2015 graduate catalog. For more information click here.

MSJPY Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide students with the opportunity to work with one or more professors on their research and/or help with undergraduate. For more information on qualifications and to apply, please click here.