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B.A. University of Windsor
M.A. University of Western Ontario
M.A. Ph.D., SUNY Albany
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Program & Policy Evaluation, Criminology, Research Methods/Statistics
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 his Ph.D., in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. His research and teaching career spans more than two decades.
Dr. Kierkus is a statistician and research methodologist who specializes in applied program and policy evaluation research. He has published on a wide variety of topics including library science, automotive science, firearms policy, drunk driving prevention, drug and sobriety court processes, child protection mediation, crime and delinquency causation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and applied security issues (including economic espionage and situational crime prevention).
Dr. Kierkus has taught 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 has also supervised many 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 presently serves on the School of Criminal Justice Graduate Committee and the GVSU Academic Review Committee. He is also the authorizing officer for School of Criminal Justice research protocols.
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Recent Sponsored Research