Elmhurst faculty members are scholars and practitioners in their own right—who love to teach on a campus where they can work with their students as individuals. Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.
James P. Smith
Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Dr. Smith teaches social inequality, sex and gender, complex organizations, research methods, and sociological theory. He also holds an advanced degree in history. He is particularly interested in the use of computers in teaching.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Dr. Forster is a recipient of the College's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award and teaches in the areas of family, social problems, majority-minority relations, and aging. She is certified as a medical sociologist by the American Sociological Association and also holds advanced degrees in psychiatric nursing and Judaic Studies.
Richard G. Greenleaf
Ph.D., University of Florida
Dr. Greenleaf is the director of the criminal justice major, and he specializes in policing, gangs and criminological theory. He has studied racial profiling in Seattle and police behavior in Chicago. His past publications have appeared in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Victims and Offenders and Journal of Gang Research. Dr. Greenleaf is the former editor of the Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations and spent seven years with the Albuquerque Police Department.
Sarah M. Smith
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., University of California at Irvine
Dr. Smith specializes in corrections, deviance and social control, and prisoner re-entry. She also is interested in gender and crime and criminological theory. She completed her undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary and her M.A. in sociology from George Washington University. She has studied the prison system in the state of California focusing on procedural issues as well as parole.
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
Mr. Heerdt teaches in the areas of criminal investigation and organized and white collar crime. He has 16 years' experience with the Chicago Police Departments and has been assigned as a homicide detective for 11 years. He also has patrol experience in gang and narcotics investigations.
M.A., University of Chicago
Ms. Klose teaches in the area of society, health and illness. In addition to her academic background she also has professional experience with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers Compensation.
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago
Ms. Safien teaches introduction to social work, casework and group work. She has a private practice in individual and family therapy and is a school social workerfor a local school district.
M.A., Lewis University
Mr. Stelter serves as Chief of Police of the Brookfield Police Department. He is a former lieutenant with the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. He teaches white collar and organized crime.
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
Ms. Root teaches in the area of cultural anthropology. She is particularly interested in the application of anthropology to current social issues and problems.