Stephanie A. Whitus, PhD

Professor of Criminal JusticeWalsh

Office Location: Dunham Hall, Room 233
Telephone: 630-844-7532
Fax: 630-844-7830
E-mail Address:

Dr. Whitus joined the faculty in the Criminal Justice Program in 2007. Before coming to AU, she taught for the Texas A&M University, California State University and University of South Carolina systems. Having experienced large universities, Dr. Whitus knew she wanted to be part of a university community of smaller class size and more involvement in student mentoring. She strives to prepare her students with practical and insightful solutions to "real-world" challenges, and is often described by students as an instructor who cares and goes "above and beyond" the contractual responsibilities of a professor. Dr. Whitus has extensive experience working with justice professionals, policymakers, community leaders, social service providers, and members of non-profit organizations. For several years she has served as a consultant to three state departments of corrections to develop and implement reentry strategies for juvenile and adult populations, as well as evaluate correctional staff training.

Ph.D. (Criminal Justice) - Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice
M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) - University of Texas
B.S. (Criminal Justice) - University of Texas

Areas of Specialization
Death-Sentenced and Life-Sentenced Populations
Special Needs Offenders and Correctional Populations
Child Maltreatment Sequelae
Technology-Enhanced Criminal Justice Education
Technology-Enhanced Training and Education for Correctional Personnel

Courses Taught at AU
CRJ1010 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRJ/SOC2300 Criminology
CRJ2150 Correctional Services
CRJ2310 Juvenile Justice
CRJ3610 Research Methods
CRJ4710 Serial and Mass Murder
CRJ4720 Criminal Profiling
CRJ4810 Special Topics: Death Penalty in America
IDS3040 Global Justice

Selected Campus Involvement and Awards
Marcus and Mark H. Trumbo Excellence in Teaching Award
Faculty Advisor, Aurora Criminal Justice Association
A.R.I.S.E. Phenomenal Woman
Faculty Advisor, Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society)
Faculty Affairs Committee
Faculty Development Committee
Graduate Affairs Committee
Member, Faculty Search Committees
Faculty Senator
Athletic Committee
Chair, Early Student Intervention Team
Spartan Mentor
Mentor - Early Academic Warning Program
Faculty Sponsor, Student Honor Projects

Recent Professional Presentations

Walsh, K., & Whitus, S. (2016). Sit, Ubu, Sit: Drug Dogs--Assessing Effectiveness and Implications for Policy. American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Whitus, S., & Walsh, K. (2016). Using Non-traditional Methods to Assess the Impact of Education on Student Perceptions. American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Whitus, S., Patel, C., & Wicks, P. (2015). Three “More” Tech Tools to Engage Millennial Learners in and out of the Classroom. Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Walsh, K., & Whitus, S. (2015). What Works for Reentry: Evaluation of Reintegrative Programming. American Society of CriminologyWashington, D.C.

Erickson, J., & Whitus, S.(2014). Implementing a Portfolio Project: Three Years of Documenting, Assessing and Improving Student Learning and Performance with Course and Inquiry Portfolios. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Whitus, S., & Walsh, K. (2014). A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Non-traditional Methods to Measure and Improve Student Learning. American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California.