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Patricia Dahl

Patricia Dahl

Associate Professor Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies
School of Applied Studies
Benton Hall
Rm 203B
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts
University of Colorado, Master of Criminal Justice
University of Colorado, 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
  • Elderly Population
  • Victim-Offender Relationships
  • Comparative Criminology
  • Diversity/Cultural Issues
  • Historical Criminology


2022 (article in progress), "Guns on Campus: Perceptions of Living and Learning on a Campus with Concealed Carry Laws"; co-authored with Amy Memmer, J.D.

2021 (January/February) Article in Corrections Today, “Developing an In-House Training Curriculum for Civilian Jailers”; co-authored with Robert A. Sturm III and Mark Kessler

2020 Book chapter in Punishing Gender Past and Present: Examining the Criminal Justice System Across Gendered Experiences, "Victimization of Boys"; co-authored with Michelle Watson, J.D.; edited by Dr. Lisa M. Carter and Dr. Cathy Marcum

2019 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 (November/December issue) Article in American Jail Association, "Mental Illness, Jail Inmates, and a Capstone Project: A Case Study in Kansas;" co-authored with Kathleen Joyce & Brian Cole

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
  • Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator  
  • Kansas Correctional Association Student Chapter, Faculty Sponsor
  •  Public Relations Board, Shawnee County Dept. of Corrections, Member
  •  Kansas Correctional Association Executive Board, Member
  •  Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Member
  •  International Center of Topeka, Member
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.
  • 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2019-2020, 2021 – CTEL Certificate of Teaching & Learning (Washburn)
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 - Retention All-Star (Washburn)
  • 2017 - Conflict Management Certificate – Center for Conflict Resolution (Kansas City)
  • 2016 – Provisional Certificate in Victim Advocacy – National Victim Advocate Credentialing Program
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