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

Caudy To Present Research at VERA Institute of Justice, New York

In October, Assistant Professor Michael Caudy will present research on the topic of “systemic responsivity” to representatives from several counties in New York State. The presentation is part of Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) New York State Juvenile Reentry Consortium. The goal of the Juvenile Reentry Consortium is to encourage counties to work collaboratively to improve reentry planning, coordination, and services for youth returning from post-sentencing confinement. Dr. Caudy’s presentation will educate meeting participants regarding the importance of data-driven assessment of youth social service needs and enhanced understanding of system-level capacity to provide services. Dr. Caudy will also assist counties in developing strategies to improve program quality and reduce service provision gaps. The ultimate goal of this work, supported by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, is to reduce recidivism and improve overall outcomes for youth returning from confinement in New York State. 

Department News

CRJ Department Seeks New Faculty

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio seeks to fill two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor rank and one position at either the tenure-track Assistant Professor rank or tenured Associate Professor rank (tenure contingent on Board of Regents Approval) beginning Fall 2015.

Area of research specialization is open; however, those with interests in community oriented policing, corrections, family justice, domestic violence, disparities in arrest/sentencing, disproportionate minority contact, and cybersecurity and analytics are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or closely related field by the time of appointment, along with demonstrated excellence in scholarly research, grant acquisition, effective teaching, and service. Teaching expectations are commensurate with Research I institutions.

UTSA continues to move toward Research I status and currently enrolls approximately 30,000 students. The Department is housed within the College of Public Policy on UTSA’s Downtown campus, which is situated in the heart of San Antonio. The Department currently offers a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

For further information about the Department, please visit our website:

Applicants should submit by mail: (1) a letter describing research and teaching interests and position applying for, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) 1-3 examples of published scholarly work, and (4) names and contact information of three references whom we may contact.

Send all application materials to:
Rob Tillyer, Ph.D.
Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Texas at San Antonio
501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78207

Review of applications begins October 1, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Office Hours:

(DB) 4.112
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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Student Information

Students Visit Courthouse

Students from Professor Meade's and Rico's classes visited the Bexar County Courthouse for presentations by Judges Ray Olivarri and Ron Rangel.


2014 National Leadership Institute and Recruitment Expo
November 1-3, 2014
Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX
Deadline to apply: Friday, October 24

What is the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute?
¡Adelante!’s Annual Leadership Institute & Recruitment Expo is an intense, three-day “eye-opening” and “Aha! Moment” event that entails workshops, great conversations, and hands-on activities conducted by corporate, motivational, and educational leaders – all designed to inform, empower, and motivate Latino college students.

Students network with professionals in a variety of fields, many of whom offer internship and employment opportunities, plus endless advice on the importance of effectively planning and preparing for the corporate job market.

• Must be a college undergraduate in sophomore, junior, or senior year
• Must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA
• All majors welcome

How Can Students Attend?
• Sponsorship by their colleges/universities
• Pay registration personally
• Fundraise through student or community organizations

Application Process:
If qualified according to criteria above, email with the following information:
• Name
• Banner ID
• Contact information (email, phone, address)
• Major
• Classification
• Short statement detailing how program would benefit your academic and professional goals