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Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty

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.

Full-time Faculty
James P. Smith
Brenda Forster
Richard G. Greenleaf
Sarah M. Smith

Adjunct Faculty
Ed Heerdt
Lori Klose
Andrew Pulaski
Barbara Rzeszuto
Steven Stelter
Vicki Root-Wajda

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.

Brenda Forster
Professor
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
Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida
Dr. Greenleaf is the director of the criminal justice major, and he teaches in the areas of policing, corrections and delinquency. He has received grants to study racial profiling in Seattle and police-juvenile encounters in Chicago. His research has been published in Criminology. Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Western Criminological Review, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Journal of Gang Research. Dr. Greenleaf has been an invited speaker on criminal justice and the police at several universities in the People's Republic of China, such as Hunan University, Wuhan University, the University of Macau and the Police and Justice College in Shenyang. He is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Association of Chinese Criminal Justice in the United States. Dr. Greenleaf is a former sergeant with the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department, and was editor of the Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations..

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.

Ed Heerdt
Adjunct Faculty
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.

Lori Klose
Adjunct Faculty
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.


Andrew E. Pulaski
Adjunct Faculty
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Mr. Pulaski teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. He is also a practicing attorney in Chicago.

Barbara Rzeszutko
Adjunct Faculty
M.S.W., L.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago

Ms. Rzeszutko teaches introduction to social work, casework and group work. She has been a counselor with adolescents diagnosed with substance abuse and is a former probation officer with the DuPage County Probation Department.

Steven Stelter
Adjunct Faculty
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.

Vicki Root-Wajda
Adjunct Faculty
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.

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