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Dr. Walter Stroupe
Criminal Justice Dept.
525 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.3315
Dr. Stroupe is a retired First Lieutenant from the West Virginia State Police. He is currently Department Chair and Director of the Graduate Program. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, West Virginia State College, Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Marshall University, and an Education Specialist Degree from Marshall University and a Doctorate of Education from Marshall University. His research interests include Law Enforcement and sexual abuse.

Mr. Mark J. Addesa
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice Dept.
518 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.3080
Mr. Addesa earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Mr. Addesa is currently a faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Club and Coordinator of Summer Advising.


Dr. Michael Kane
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Dept.
528 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.4052
Dr. Kane earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University. He holds an M.S. Degree in Forensic Science and a B.A. degree in Law Enforcement. Dr. Kane is a faculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Club. His professional and academic career has primarily focused on policing, investigations, and forensic science. He served in policing positions in three states, in corrections positions in two states, and in forensic positions, he was the former chief investigator for the medical examiner’s office in West Virginia. He also served proudly in the United States Marines. He has been in university positions [both faculty and administration] in six states, and has been in academia fulltime for over a decade. He  recently published a book, Forensic Death Investigation: A Practical Guide to the Medicolegal Investigation of Death through CrimeInk publishing. [http://www.crimeinkpublishing.com/]. Dr. Kane’s research interests include ethics and forensic death investigation. He currently serves as a municipal court judge for the Town of Gilbert, WV. 

Dr. Samuel Swindell
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Dept.
516 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.3082
Dr. Swindell earned his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army. After serving overseas, he returned to enter law school, was accepted to the New York Law School Law Review, and received his Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He opened a general law practice, focusing on criminal and juvenile cases. He was appointed a Special Justice and served as a Guardian ad Litem for minors. He has continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserve, including two mobilizations, and currently is a Lieutenant Colonel teaching the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course for the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He received his Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Swindell is a faculty advisor for the Beta Beta chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Dr. Swindell’s research interests include legal topics, human sexuality, and sexual abuse.

Dr. Kerri J. Steele
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice Dept.
517 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.3282
Dr. Steele earned her MSW from Tulane University and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Her work experience includes case management and clinical supervision in the fields of mental health, intellectual disabilities, homelessness, and juvenile delinquency. Her research interests include the connection between and prevention of delinquency in homeless youth.   

Dr. Cassandra Whyte
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Dept.
526 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.3169
Dr. Whyte earned her Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University, has post-doctoral work at the University of Virginia, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience supervising and teaching a specialized educational program at a medium security prison for adult male felons. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Davis & Elkins College, Oregon State University, West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (now Marshall University Graduate College), and West Virginia State University. Dr. Whyte’s higher education administrative experience includes more than seventeen years as a Vice President of West Virginia State University, which included supervisory oversight of the WVSU Department of Public Safety. Dr. Whyte has published a number of articles for professional journals and presented at several national conferences, and internationally in England in the areas of her interest and experience. Her continuing research interests include Internal/External Locus of Control Counseling, Motivation and Achievement Personality, Leadership and Strategic Planning, as well as Successful Treatment Programming for Offenders. Dr. Whyte also serves as an Advisor to the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Mr. William Whyte
Criminal Justice Dept.
527 Wallace Hall
Office: (304) 766.3311
Mr. William Whyte is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He received his B.S. and M. Ed. Degree in Psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts and has additional graduate study at West Virginia University. Mr. Whyte began a career in Corrections for the State of West Virginia as a Psychological Diagnostician, and progressed to the responsibilities of Warden and Commissioner of Corrections, with safety, security, treatment, policy development, and operational authority over all W. Va. adult and juvenile institutions, staff, inmates and parolees. He served as an ad hoc member of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority and participated in architectural design and procedural development for those statewide facilities. Mr. Whyte’s experience includes the private security sector, as he was for several years the Executive Vice President of a large regional firm specializing in corporate safety and security. Throughout his professional career, he also taught undergraduate criminal justice and social sciences classes for higher education institutions such as Davis & Elkins College, Fairmont University, Marshall University and West Virginia State University, as well as the Homeland Security program of Everest College. Mr. Whyte serves as a consultant in the areas of his research interests: safety and security training, security administration, and personnel selection and advancement.

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