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Patricia Dahl

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies
School of Applied Studies
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
University of Colorado-Denver, Bachelor of Arts
University of Colorado-Denver, Master of Criminal Justice
University of Colorado-Denver, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
  • Ph.D., Public Affairs/Criminal Justice
  • MCJ, Master of Criminal Justice
  • BA, Psychology & English/Writing

  • Washburn University (2011-Present)
  • Northeastern University (Boston)
  • Metropolitan State University (Denver)
Scholarly Interests/Activities
  • Institutional Corrections
  • Juveniles/Emerging Adults
  • Victim-Offender Relationships
  • Comparative Criminology
  • Diversity/Cultural Issues

2018 Article in American Jail Association (under review), "Mental Illness, Jail Inmates, and a Capstone Project: A Case Study in Kansas;" co-authored with Kathleen Joyce & Brian Cole, American Jail Association

2018 Book chapter in Flawed Criminal Justice Policies, "Concealed Carry on College Campuses"; co-authored with Amy Memmer, J.D.; edited by Frances P. Reddington & Gene Bonham

2018 Book chapter in Handbook on Social Justice in Criminal Justice, “No Hope: Life Without the Possibility of Parole”; edited by Cliff Roberson

2016 Article in Community College Journal of Research & Practice, “Community College Faculty: Attitudes toward Guns on Campus”; co-authored with Dr. Gene Bonham & Dr. Frances Reddington

2016 Article in Research in Higher Education, “Using ELVIS to Measure Experiential Learning in Criminal Justice Internships”; co-authored with Dr. Erin Grant & Dr. Gerald Bayens

2015 Article in Journal of Adolescent Research, “Factors Associated with Truancy: Emerging Adults’ Recollections of Skipping School”

2015 Technical Paper, Washburn University Assessment Program; “Student Satisfaction with Criminal Justice Internships”

2015 Article in Corrections Today, “Creating an ACA Student Chapter”; co-authored with Ashley Brown

Service Interests/Activities

Kansas Correctional Association Executive Board, Member

Kansas Academy of Victim Assistance Steering Committee, Member

Public Relations Board, Shawnee County Dept. of Corrections, Member

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) International Section, Secretary

International Center of Topeka, President

Faculty Sponsor, Criminal Justice Association & KCA Student Chapter

Faculty Co-Sponsor, WU-United Nations Association

Career Accomplishments
Dr. Patricia Dahl has worked in the criminal justice field in a variety of capacities, including work at Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Judicial Branch, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a county probation department, and as a victim advocate at crime scenes. 

  • 2017 - Conflict Management Certificate – Center for Conflict Resolution (Kansas City)
  • 2016 – Provisional Certificate in Victim Advocacy – National Victim Advocate Credentialing Program
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 – C-TEL Certificate of Teaching & Learning (Washburn)