School of Criminal Justice

Frank Hughes

Frank V. Hughes

Grand Valley State University
School of Criminal Justice
269-C DeVos Center
401 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6431
Telephone: (616) 331-7187
Fax: (616) 331-7155


Dr. Frank Hughes is currently a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University.  Prior to joining the faculty at GVSU in the fall of 2002, he taught in the Masters in Science and Administration at Central Michigan University, College of Extended Learning. Dr. Hughes completed 25 years of service with the Michigan Department of State Police, completing his career as Post Commander of the Mt. Pleasant post and is a 1995 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Professor Hughes’s research and writing focus is primarily in the area of law enforcement policy development, training, and performance assessment.  An additional focus is in the area of leadership development within in the ranks of law enforcement profession.
Recent Publications
"Theories of Punishment and Their Influence on the Treatment of Sex Offenders." Law Enforcement Forum, 2009.

“A Leadership Approach to Criminal Justice Education: Developing Tomorrow’s Decision Makers.”  Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, Volume 21, #1, January, 2008. Co-authors, Kristine Mullendore,  Brian Kingshott, and Johan Prinsloo.

“Problem Officer Variables and Early Warning Systems.”  Police Chief, Volume 10, October 2007. Co-author Lisa Andre.

“Translational Research: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice.” Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Western Illinois University, Volume 7, #4, May, 2007.  Co-authors, William Crawley, Lisa Dopke, and Hary Dolan.

Works in Progress
 20th Circuit Court Adult and Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts comparative evaluation.  Principal investigator is Dr. Christine Yalda, and other team members include myself, and Drs.Crawley, Bailey and Kierkus.  It is anticipated that the project will continue into the fall of 2008.  

Development of a CJ 101, Justice & Society textbook with other faculty in the School of Criminal Justice.  

Fusion Center Grant - Principal Investigator (PI) for this research initiative and directing research team and resources.  Coordination of the survey process, focusing on both replication and extension of prior Michigan Intelligence Operations Center (MIOC) related research.  In addition to survey development, charged with survey deployment, data coding, analysis, dissemination of information (e.g., technical report and/or presentation to MIOC administrators.  Project was initiated in October, 2007 and will continue through the Spring of 2008.


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