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Dr. Hallie Stephens

Dr. Stephens is a native of southeast Oklahoma and is proud to serve its population.  She has been teaching in the Criminal Justice program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University since 2007.  In addition, Dr. Stephens enjoys donating her time to support several community organizations.  Dr. Stephens completed her B.A. degree in Criminal Justice at Southeastern in 1998.  She also holds an M. A. degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a  concentration in criminology from the University of Oklahoma.  Her research interests include juvenile delinquency and substance abuse.  Dr. Stephens is a frequent presenter at national meetings of criminal justice and criminology learned societies.

Dr. Stephens advises many criminal justice students and enjoys encouraging the enrichment and education of each. She takes her classes on facilities tours to such places as the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensics Laboratory and the Bryan County Juvenile Detention Facility.  Dr. Stephens is excited about the continued development of SE’s Criminal Justice program and hopes to open many doors of opportunity to many people.

Dr. Dennis Brewster

Dr. Brewster began his appointment at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2008.  He has taught primarily in the areas of policing and the legal system since joining the faculty at that time.  Dr. Brewster began his academic career at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology.  Dr. Brewster holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Criminology/Criminal Justice both from the University of Oklahoma.  He has prior experience teaching in both sociology and criminal justice at other universities.

Dr. Brewster’s research interests include factors involved in sentencing, correctional programming, and criminological theory.  He is also actively involved in service to the university through committee appointments, and to his profession through presentations of his research.  Dr. Brewster enjoys the small classroom environment Southeastern emphasizes which allows for in-depth discussions with his students.  He has also worked closely with students to enhance their learning experience through the criminal justice internship course.