Top 5: Student-Rated Criminal Justice Professors

25 Mar 2015

Top 5: Student-Rated Criminal Justice Professors

Your college professors are key to preparing you for a successful career in criminal justice. So it’s essential you’re learning from the best in the business. Students give their honest opinions about teaching styles on RateMyProfessors.com. The teachers listed below are the most highly student-ranked criminal justice professors throughout the country. They are known for inspiring and encouraging their students towards an educational foundation and a promising career in criminal justice.

1. DR. REVEREND KIMORA

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

Kimora teaches classes in corrections and ethics, and specializes in cognitive skills education, mental illness, and education trends. The “Princeton Review” named her the second best professor in the United States in 2012. She was also elected to the University Faculty Senate, which represents the faculty at the City University of New York (CUNY). She authored a book entitled “Ethnic Profiling: A Modern Framework.”

Kimora is a professor who has a significant impact on her students, the reviews say. Many students say she is the best professor they’ve had. She is known for changing perspectives of the correctional and criminal justice system, and encourages students to voice their opinions.

2. MICHAEL WOODROW

Brookdale Community College

Brookdale Community College, New Jersey

Woodrow has not only been an adjunct professor for 15 years but still serves as a Dt. Sergeant with the Union Beach Police Department in New Jersey. He is a 22-year veteran of the police department and specialized in Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) for 13 years. He is also the author of “The Truth About the Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Examination.”

Students highly respect Woodrow, according to the reviews. His classes fill up quickly, however, students recommend waiting for availability in his classes. Many of the students say he is the best teacher at Brookdale Community College, and brings his real-life experiences to the classroom. He even brings in a lie detector test as part of the polygraph research and students volunteers aim to trick it.

3. DOUGLAS KLUTZ

University of Alabama, Alabama

University of Alabama, Alabama

Klutz earned his bachelor’s degree and M.P.A. in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His research focus is in social construction of terrorism and risk assessments and perceptions of fear of terrorism. He is the co-author of the book “From the Crime to the Courts: An Overview of Criminology and Criminal Justice.”

According to the student reviews, Klutz is readily available to answer questions, and has interesting lectures. Many of the students said they actually changed their major to criminal justice after taking his Intro 100 class. He uses video clips in his powerpoint lectures to keep students engaged and informed. His students say he is highly respected and inspires them to pursue a career in criminal justice.

4. PIETRO LORENZINI

Governors State University, Illinois

Governors State University, Illinois

Lorenzini has taught criminal law courses at Governors State University for 11 years and Saint Xavier University for 21 years. He has more than 33 years of professional experience as part of Lorenzini Law Office. He is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish and proficient in German and French.

Lorenzini’s students say he is intellectual and highly knowledgeable about criminal law. His classes are challenging and emphasize extensive reading and writing. He is also well versed in international law and teaches law with a real-world view. He encourages different viewpoints and prepares his students for a career in criminal justice or law.

5. NICHOLAS IRONS

County College of Morris, New Jersey

County College of Morris, New Jersey

Irons has been a criminal justice professor at County College of Morris for 24 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the William Paterson College of New Jersey and his master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also worked 25 years as a police officer and was instrumental in creating recreational activities for troublemaking youth. He was also involved with Centurion Ministries, where he helped free two innocent men from death row.

Irons is described by his students as knowledgable and detail-oriented with interesting stories of real-life scenarios. He is respected by his students for his more than two decades of law enforcement experience. Irons is a sounding board for his students and is always available for classroom help or advice on pursing a career in criminal justice.

photo credit: College in New York, Brookdale Community College, The University of Alabama, Governors State University, County College of Morris,

10 Responses

  1. Bethany Friedrichsen

    What a feel-good post! As a teacher I love hearing about how students are inspired by their professors. It makes it all worth it in the end.

  2. Edmundo

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand so much about this, like you wrote the e-book in it or something. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  3. peterszu

    I had the honor of having been taught by Professor Woodrow at the College as well as the Police Academy… He is the “guy” that wrote the book literally on criminal justice. He should however be #1 on this list.

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