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Patricia Dahl

Assistant 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

Washburn University (2011-Present)
Metropolitan State College of Denver (2000-2011)

  • CJ 120 A, Intro to Corrections
  • CJ 303 VA, Diversity In American Culture
  • CJ 318 VA, Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 655 GVA, Sem In Juvenile Just & Del
  • CJ 693 GA, Capstone Experience
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Institutional & Community Corrections; Reentry Strategies
Juvenile Justice System; Juvenile Delinquency
Criminological Theories
Comparative Criminal Justice
Victimology; Victim Advocacy
Qualitative Research
Service Interests/Activities

Board Member - Community Corrections Advisory Board, Shawnee County           
Board Member - Public Relations Board, KS Dept. of Corrections, Shawnee County
Board Member (Secretary) - Kansas Correctional Association
Member - American Correctional Association
Member - Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Career Accomplishments

Dr. Patricia Dahl has worked in the criminal justice field for a number of years and in different capacities. Her background includes work at the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado courts, the FBI, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a small police department, a county probation department, and volunteer work as a victim advocate at crime scenes as well as an Internet researcher for missing person/unidentified cases.  Dr. Dahl earned her Master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado in Denver and recently graduated from a Ph.D. program in Public Affairs, specializing in criminal justice issues.  She has been teaching criminal justice classes (in traditional and online classrooms) for the past twelve years and is very excited to join the staff at Washburn University's Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department.