M.A. University of Western Ontario;
M.A. Ph.D., SUNY Albany.
Office: 239-C DeVos
Research Methods and Criminology
Dr. Kierkus grew up in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Windsor, where he received his B.A. degree in Criminology. He then completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, and a second M.A., as well as a Ph.D., in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Dr. Kierkus has been teaching for approximately 15 years.
Dr. Kierkus' scholarship is focused on the role of family, gender and relationships in the causation of delinquency. He is also interested in applied criminal justice policy issues; particularly as they relate to the effectiveness of substance abuse programs.
Dr. Kierkus teaches a variety of courses at GVSU: including introduction to criminal justice (CJ 101), qualitative (CJ 400; 600) and quantitative (CJ 300; 606) research methods, graduate level data analysis (CJ 608), criminology (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels – CJ 201, 607), graduate program/policy evaluation (CJ 605), youth culture and crime (CJ 355), juvenile justice processes (CJ 350), crime control and justice policy (CJ 470), and the senior capstone (CJ 495). He also supervises both graduate and undergraduate projects and theses.
Dr. Kierkus is involved in various faculty governance activities at GVSU. At present, he is a member of the GVSU Faculty Personnel and Policy Committee and the SCJ Undergraduate Program Committee. He is also the designated reviewer of SCJ IRB research proposals and the faculty advisor to Students for Concealed Carry (SCC).