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Christopher Kierkus

Professor Kierkus

Professor & Graduate Director

B.A. University of Windsor

M.A. University of Western Ontario

M.A. Ph.D., SUNY Albany

Office: 239-C DeVos

Phone: 616-331-7132

E-mail: kierkusc@gvsu.edu

Office Hours

Spring-Summer:  By Appointment Only

Expertise

Developmental Criminology; Program & Policy Evaluation, Research Methods/Statistics

About

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.  He has been teaching for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Kierkus' scholarship is focused on the role of family, gender and relationships in the causation of crime and delinquency.   He is also interested in applied criminal justice program and policy evaluation research.   

Dr. Kierkus teaches a variety of courses at GVSU: including justice in society / introduction to criminal justice (CJ 101), qualitative (CJ 400; 600) and quantitative (CJ 300; 606) research methods, advanced data analysis (CJ 608), criminology (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels – CJ 201, 607), graduate program/policy evaluation (CJ 604), 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 undergraduate and graduate independent studies (CJ 399, 499, 699), projects (CJ 693), and theses (CJ 695).

Dr. Kierkus is involved in various faculty governance activities at GVSU.   Most notably, he is presently serving as the Graduate Program Director (GPD) for the School of Criminal Justice, and as the Chair of the College of Community Service (CCPS) Curriculum Committee.  He is also the authorizing officer for SCJ IRB research proposals.

Recent Publications

  • C. A. Kierkus and B. R. Johnson, “Measuring Crime.” Chapter for Justice & Society: An Introduction (Third Edition). Kendall Hunt: Dubuque, IA, In Press.
  • B. R. Johnson and C. A. Kierkus, “Causes of Crime.” Chapter for Justice & Society: An Introduction (Third Edition). Kendall Hunt: Dubuque, IA, In Press.
  • N. M. Schmidt, C. A. Kierkus and A. J. Lizotte, “Do Firearms and Other Weapons Increase the Odds of Injury During an Assault? An Offender-Based Analysis.” Gun Violence in American Society.  L. A. Eargle and A. M. Esmail (eds.), University Press of America Inc., Lanham, MD, 134-153, 2016.
  • B.R. Johnson, C. A. Kierkus and P. M. Gerkin,. “The Usual Suspects: Trade Secret Crimes and Offenders,  A Typology.”  Security Management, August, 2016.
  • B. R. Johnson, C. A. Kierkus and S. Barton-Bellessa, “The Economic Espionage Act and Intellectual Property Theft: The Role of the Insider Threat.” Journal of Intellectual Property Management, In Press, March, 2017.
  • G. Schaub, C. Cadena, P. Bravender and C. Kierkus, “The Language of Information Literacy: Do Students Understand?” College and Research Libraries, In Press, March, 2017.
  • B. R. Johnson, C. A. Kierkus and C. A. Yalda, “Who Skips? An Analysis of Bail Bond Failure to Appears.” Journal of Applied Security Research, 9, 1–16, 2014.
  • C. Kierkus and B. Johnson, “Child Protection Mediation Evaluation 2016-2018, Research Plan and Preliminary Progress Report.” September, 2016.
  • C. Kierkus and B. Johnson, “Michigan DWI/Sobriety Court Ignition Interlock Evaluation: 2016 Report.” February, 2016.
  • C. Kierkus and B. Johnson, “Michigan DWI/Sobriety Court Ignition Interlock Evaluation: 2015 Report.” February, 2015.
  • C. Kierkus and B. Johnson, “Michigan DWI/Sobriety Court Ignition Interlock Evaluation: 2014 Report.” February, 2014.
  • C. Kierkus, “Response to Ms. Sanders: Why Guns Make Americans Safer.” The Tennessean, March 5, 2016.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • B. Williams, B. Harvey, V. Long and C. A. Kierkus, “Are We Dreaming or Doing? How Health Science Graduates Access Information in Their Professional Lives.”  Scheduled for Presentation at the MLA Conference, Seattle, WA, May, 2017.
  • C. A. Kierkus, B. R. Johnson, H. Hoffman, J. Parks and D. Gonya, “Do Ignition Interlock Devices Reduce Drunk Driving in a Population of Chronic DWI Offenders? Results of a 5 Year Study in the State of Michigan.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, 2016.
  • B. R. Johnson and C. A. Kierkus. “Reducing and Controlling Recidivism:  Findings from the Ottawa County ADTC.” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, 2015.

Recent Sponsored Research

  • Primary Investigator for Grant to Evaluate The Effectiveness of Family Court Mediation (Co-PI: Dr. Brian R. Johnson), 2016 – present.
  • Primary Investigator for Grant to Evaluate Blue Courage Training Program (Co-PIs: Dr. Brian R. Johnson, Mr. Williamson Wallace III), 2016 – present.
  • Primary Investigator for Grant to Evaluate the Efficacy of Ignition Interlocks as a Means of Preventing Repeat DUI Offending (Co-PI: Dr. Brian R. Johnson), 2011 - 2016.
  • Primary Investigator for Grant to Evaluate Ottawa County Drug Court Program (Co-PIs: Dr. Brian R. Johnson, Dr. Christine Yalda), 2013-2015.