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9 June 2006

Dr. Kania Named Head of Criminal Justice

Dr. Richard Kania

By Eddie Burkhalter
JSU News Bureau

Dr. Richard Kania was named head of the Jacksonville State University Department of Criminal Justice in December 2005.

Dr. Kania had been at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 1999 leading their Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Previously, from 1982 to 1999, he was at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, rising to full professor, to head a department at Guilford.  He taught at UNC-Charlotte, and also for the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville, and as a Senior Fulbright Professor for the Central European University in Warsaw, Poland while on sabbaticals. 

In 2004-2005, he was awarded his second Senior Fulbright Professorship, teaching at the Belarusian State University in Minsk, the Republic of Belarus.

Dr. Kania originally majored in anthropology at Florida State University, where he earned his BA with honors in 1968.  He continued in anthropology at the University of Virginia, earning the MA there in 1974, and wrote his MA thesis on conflict resolution and the law ways of the Hopi of Arizona. 

In between the BA and the MA degrees, he served in the Army in Berlin and in Vietnam.  He also was a city police officer and that experience led him to "change his major" midway into his doctoral studies and re-directed him into a teaching career in criminal justice.

He is extensively published with articles in over 20 journals.  He has authored one book, co-edited another, and has edited one journal special issue, several major government and research reports.  He is the recipient of several awards and grants and has held offices in professional and public service organizations.

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