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NOBLE - National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives

Dear Teachers and Faculty, As the National Conference approaches for NOBLE (National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives), the Collegiate Chapter is attempting to raise funds to pay for eleven (11) of their memberships to attend. Please take a moment to look over their fundraiser and participate where you can. This is an exceptional opportunity for them, any support you can offer is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful week! The average American spends $667 per year shopping online and that number is growing.  One of the largest online retailers is  When you make purchases at Amazon after visiting our Fundinco homepage we earn a commission for every sale.  If all of our supporters simply moved their online purchases over to Amazon by visiting our Fundinco homepage we would generate an amazing $500 in commissions!  But we need everyone’s help, working together and are relying on you.  Thanks for your continued support; we couldn’t do it without you!                The link below will take you directly to our Fundinco homepage where you can start shopping by clicking the Amazon button:  Make sure to add the Fundinco link above to your favorites (a.k.a. bookmark) so that you can come back anytime you shop online and raise money.  Also, make sure to follow Fundinco on Twitter and Facebook to stay advised of great deals.  You don't want to miss these! - Marcus Smith Marcus Smith, President of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Excutives) Collegiate chapter Delaware State University 1200 N DuPont Hwy Box 288 Dover, Delaware 19901     Classification: Junior  Major: Criminal justice Minor: Philosophy “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  ~ Neale Donald Walsch    

Lee Streetman

Lee Streetman Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall – Room 112 Phone: 302.857.6678 Email:   Education PhD, University of Delaware MA, University of Delaware   Courses Taught Introduction to Sociology Courts and Criminal Justice Victimology Principles of Correction   Research Interests Ethnic boundary maintenance Offender reentry Speciesism   Recent Publications Streetman, L. G. (2013). "NASCAR's Obama Phenomena & the Overculturalized Conception of Fan.” Journal of Social Sciences Research, vol. 2, 75-108. Streetman, L. G. (2007). Offenders in Transition: Just Trying to do Good. A Health Risk Assessment of Released Inmates. New York: iUniverse.   Recent Presentations Streetman, L. G. (2015). Signifiers and Spatial Practices that Reconstitute and Challenge Ethnic Boundaries at American Stock Car Racing Events. Presented at the International Sociology of Sports Association World Congress in Paris, France. Streetman, L. G. (2015). Attitudes toward the Treatment of Nonhuman Animals and the Influence of downstate Delaware and the State Fair. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York, NY.

Kevin Ralston

Kevin Ralston Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall - Room 134 Phone: 302.857.7616 Email:   Education BA, Wake Forest University MA, University of Delaware PhD, University of Delaware   Courses Taught Research Methods Elementary Statistics Social Deviance Victimology   Research interests Race, class, gender, and victimization Masculinity and victimization Sexual victimization   Recent Presentations: Ralston, K. (March 2016). Recreating and Revising Masculinity after Sexual Victimization. Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society annual conference in Boston, MA.

Dorothy Dillard

Dorothy Dillard Department Chair Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall – Room 122 Phone: 302.857.7510 Fax: 302.857.7774 Email:   Education Ph.D., University of Delaware M.A., University of Delaware B.S., Auburn University   Courses Taught Senior Seminar Capstone Juvenile Delinquency Social Institutions   Research Interests Social Policy, with an emphasis on impact on minorities Juvenile Justice System:  DMC Assessment:  Social/public programs and student learning   Recent Publication News Journal Op-Ed, January 3, 2016, “Time to Re-examine Policing in America” Juvenile Court/Essay 3, entry for Book 10 Juvenile Justice, digital resource published by Wisewire. Drug Treatment In Prisons and Jails/Essay 10, entry for Book 7 Criminal Justice, digital resource published by Wisewire.   Recent Presentations Dillard, D. (August 2015). Instructor Role in Assessment, Presented at DSU New Faculty Orientation. Dillard, D. (June 2015). Community Role in Drug Prevention and Addiction Recovery, Presented at IMAC’s Faith Based Approach: Substance Abuse Prevention Forum.

John Balzarini

John Balzarini Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall – Room 129A Phone: 302.857.7103 Email:   Education Ph.D., Temple University M.A., Temple University B.A., West Chester University   Courses Taught Urban Sociology Social Stratification Sociology of the Family Introduction to Sociology Writing in the Major Social Deviance Social Change   Research Interests Urban sociology Community urban culture Gentrification Urban policy Social movements and Social change Social capital   Recent Publications Balzarini, J. E. and Shlay, A. B. (2015).  “Gentrification and the Right to the City: Community Conflict and Casinos.”  Journal of Urban Affairs.  DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12226. Shlay, A. B. and Balzarini, J. E. (2015).   “Urban Sociology.”  In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 24.  Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 926–933.   Recent Presentations Balzarini, J. E. (2016). Place-Identity and the Right to the City: Gentrification, Ethnicity and Anti-Casino Activism. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, San Diego, CA . Balzarini, J. E. (2015). The Strength of Strong Ties and Collective Power in a Gentrifying Philadelphia Community. Delaware State University Roundtable Seminar Series, Dover, DE. Balzarini, J. E. (2013). Social Capital and Community Power over Urban Casino Construction. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, San Francisco, CA. Balzarini, J. E. (2013). Strong Community Ties Revisited: Social Capital and the Mobilization of Community Power in Fishtown. Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA .  Balzarini, J. E. (2012). Framing Place: Conflict over Casino Development and the Right to Community. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Space and Place Regular Session, Denver CO. Balzarini, J. E. (2012). The Right to the City and the Casino Dispute: The Framing of Neighborhood Legitimacy and Value over Casino Development in Philadelphia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

SCCJ Advising / Enrollment Checklist

It is important to make sure you are taking the courses you need to in order to graduate on time, and in the order that will promote learning and academic success. In order to go through advisement as quickly as possible, please follow the following steps (ESPECIALLY THE STEPS YOU MUST DO BEFORE MEETING WITH YOUR ADVISOR): When is Pre-Registration?  Look on MyDESU's academic calendar to find out when pre-registration is.   Find your curriculum sheet.  Generally, this is based on your major and the year you began at Delaware State University.  Most students in our department will be using one of these curriculum sheets:   Criminal Justice 2012-2013 Sociology 2012-2013 Criminal Justice 2013-2014 Sociology 2013-2014 Criminal Justice 2014-2015 Sociology 2014-2015 Criminal Justice 2015-2016 Sociology 2015-2016 Criminal Justice 2016-2017 Sociology 2016-2017 You can also find hard copies of these in our main office in Delaware Hall 122.   Fill out your curriculum sheet.  You can find your grades on MyDESU or in DegreeWorks.  Write down all the grades for courses you have taken at Delaware State University.  If you have taken courses at another university, make note of this, but ask your advisor about what these courses count for.  If you have submitted the proper paper work, transferred courses will appear on your transcript as TR. At this point, it should be clear what courses you need to take next.  The goal is to slowly fill up the top of the sheet and move down to the bottom.  If you can avoid bouncing around the curriculum sheet, you will improve your GPA and graduate on time.   Do you have over 60 credits?  How many credit hours have you passed?  If you look on MyDESU or Degree Works, you can find the answer under "Earned hours."  Depending on how many credit hours you have completed, you do one of two things: If you have fewer than 60 credit hours, take your curriculum sheet to the Advisement Center, at EH 268. If you have 60 credit hours or more, make an appointment with your academic advisor in the department.  You can find a list with who your advisor is in the main office. Fill out the Course Request Form, including the courses you want to take next semester.  These courses should be the next logical step in the curriculum sheet.  To find times, locations, & CRN numbers, please go to MyDESU, Student Services, and click on the dynamic course catalog (not course descriptions).   Have your meeting with your advisor.  If you're meeting your advisor during pre-registration, they may give you an alternative personal identification number (or an "Alt-PIN").   Register for classes.  Using the Alt-PIN, go to MyDESU Student Services to enroll for courses.  

SCCJ Form Library

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Forms students may need.
Curricula and Forms you may use during your academic career at DSU. Timeline and Co-Curricular Activities for SCCJ Majors   Criminal Justice Major Curricula Criminal Justice curriculum 2016-2017 Criminal Justice curriculum 2015-2016 Criminal Justice curriculum 2014-2015 Criminal Justice curriculum 2013-2014 Criminal Justice curriculum 2012-2013   Sociology Major Curricula Sociology Curriculum 2016-2017 Sociology Curriculum 2015-2016 Sociology Curriculum 2014-2015 Sociology Curriculum 2013-2014 Sociology Curriculum 2012-2013   Minors and non-SCCJ Majors List of University Majors Requirements for Minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice Requirements for Minor in Forensics Requirements for Minor in Law Studies Requirements for Minor in Psychology Requirements for Minor in Women's Studies   Forms for Enrollment, Graduation, and Courses Application for Graduation (Undergraduate) Senior Audit Form Change of Majors & Declaration of Minor Form Course Request Form Course Substitution Form Internship Information Form List of General Education Courses Overload Request Form Transfer Credit Instructions & Form to Request to Enroll in Courses at Another Institution for Transfer Credit  


MICHAEL J. GAWRYSIAK, PH.D.  Assistant Professor of Psychology Room 233, Delaware Hall 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19904 Phone: 302-857-6609 Email:   EDUCATION 2005 - BA 2008 - MA 2011 - PhD 2011 - APA Internship 2014 - Postdoctral   The University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL (Psychology/Philosophy) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Psychology: Experimental) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Psychology: Clinical) Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research & Treatment                        RESEARCH My research is organized around combining brain (e.g., fMRI) and behavioral (e.g., self-report measures) assessment measures to evaluate treatment efforts for mood-, anxiety-, and substance use disorders (SUD). I am invested in understanding individual differences that predict who is most likely to respond to a given behavioral intervention as well as understanding the putative mechanisms of change underlying effective interventions. Currently, I am examining Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) as a means to promote continued recovery for individuals who are in early recovery from SUDs.  CLINICAL Currently, am licensed to practice psychology (psychotherapy) in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. Briefly, my clinical experiences include work in both in-patient and out-patient settings, with clients in both rural and urban settings, with Veterans and civilians. I am experienced with and have training in the following psychotherapeutic approaches: Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) Prolonged Exposure for PTSD (PE) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP) Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA) PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS Gawrysiak, M.J., Nicholas, C., & Hopko, D.R. (2009). Behavioral activation for moderately depressed university students: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56(3), 468-475. PDF Carvalho, J. P., Gawrysiak, M. J., Hellmuth, J. C., McNulty, J. K., Magidson, J., Lejuez, C.W., & Hopko, D. R. (2011). The Reward Probability index: Design and validation of a scale measuring access to environmental reinforcement. Behavior Therapy, 42(2), 249-262. PDF Hopko, D. R., Armento, M. E. A., Robertson, S. M. C., Ryba, M., Carvalho, J. P., Colman, L., Mullane, C., Gawrysiak, M., Bell, J. L., McNulty, J. K., & Lejuez, C. W. (2011). Behavior activation and problem-solving therapy for depressed breast cancer patients: Randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(6), 834-849. PDF Gawrysiak, M. J., Carvalho, J. P., Rogers, B. P., Nicholas, C. R. N., Dougherty, J., & Hopko, D. R. (2012). Neural changes following behavioral activation for a depressed breast cancer patient: A functional MRI case study. Case Reports in Psychiatry. Article ID 152916, 1-8. PDF Gawrysiak, M. J., Swan, S. S., Nicholas, C. R. N., Rogers, B. P., Dougherty, J. H. & Hopko, D. R. (2013). Pragmatic psychodynamic psychotherapy for a depressed breast cancer patient: Functional MRI evaluation of treatment effects. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 67(3), 237-255. PDF Goodson, J. T., Lefkowitz, C. M., Helstrom, A. W., & Gawrysiak, M. J. (2013). Outcomes of prolonged exposure therapy for veterans with PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 419-425. PDF Nicholas, C., McLaren, D., Gawrysiak, M., Rogers, B., Dougherty, J., & Nash, M., (2014). Functional neuroimaging of personally relevant stimuli in a pediatric case of impaired awareness. Brain Injury, (0), 1-4. DOI:10.3109/02699052.2014.890745 PDF Gawrysiak, M.J., Leong, S., Grassetti, S.N., Wei, M., & Baime, M.J. (2015). Dimensions of distress tolerance and the moderating effects on Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 1-9. PDF Shorey, R. C., Gawrysiak, M. J., Anderson, S., & Stuart, G. L. (2015). Dispositional mindfulness, spirituality, and substance use in predicting depressive symptoms in a treatment seeking sample. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 71(4), 334-345. PDF Shorey, R.C., Elmquist, J., Wolford-Clevenger, C., Gawrysiak, M.J., Anderson, S., & Stuart, G.L. (2016). The relationship between dispositional mindfulness, borderline personality features, and suicidal ideation: An examination in a sample of women in residential substance use treatment. Psychiatry Research, 238, 122-128. PDF  

Women's and Gender Studies Events

Quintessential Diversity Roundtable (Monthly) “Quintessential Diversity Roundtable” is a humanities project that is intended to emphasize gender, race, sexuality, and ethnicity. It seeks to promote public dialogue on human rights that are non-negotiable in the call for human dignity. The project is further intended to examine the ways in which religious, historical, literary, and philosophical texts have been used to invent laws and perpetuate mores that oppressed and denied Americans’ access to basic human rights and an acceptable quality of life Opening Event Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 pm: “‘To Be or Not to Be’: What Literary History Teaches on Suicide.” Dr. Carol E. Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity, University of Delaware, Keynote Speaker Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Discussion on the representation of suicide of famous literary figures who committed suicide, led by Dr. Susmita Roye, DSU English and WGS professor. Student panelists: Emily Teel (English major) and Kyle Sheppard (Psychology major, WGS minor).   Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 pm: “Surviving Violence in Relationships: Sex and Gender.” Discussion on the problems faced by lesbians, bisexuals, gays, transgenders, queers, intersexuals, and asexuals, co-led by Dr. Melissa Harrington, DSU Biology and WGS professor. Student panelists: Brittany Smith (English major) and Omolade Oludare (Biology major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 pm: “Taking a Stand for the Right to Life: When the Law as Fiction Is Obviously Limited.” Discussion on suicide bombing, euthanasia, mass murder, and mass suicide, co-led by Dr. Kylie Parrotta, DSU Sociology and WGS professor. Student panelists: Damara Jones (Criminal Justice major, WGS minor) and Ashlee Bruner (Political Science major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 pm: “When Dating Goes Wrong: The Ethics of Relationships.” Discussion on dating violence, blind dating, and the pitfalls of social media dating, led by Dr. Stephen Taylor, DSU Philosophy professor. Student panelists: Keda Dorisca (Political Science major, WGS minor) and Dominique Lockett (Pre-Nursing major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm: “Celebrating Women’s History: Focus on Native American Heritage, Migration, and Women in the Workplace.” Discussion Native American women’s achievements and currents challenges that they and women in the workplace, led by Carla and Allan Messinger, Cultural Educator and Consultant, Native American Heritage Programs. Faculty co-panelist: Ramona Beverly, DSU English adjunct. Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00 pm: “Because Knowledge Empowers: What World Religions Teach about Temperance, Moral Responsibility, and Individual Choices.” Discussion on alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and individual responsibility, led by Dr. Dennis Burke, DSU Philosophy professor. Student panelists: Jordan McClements (English major, Philosophy minor) (Mass Communications major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium   This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact

Dr. A. Myrna Nurse, Director
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Dr. Padmini Banerjee, Assistant Director
Department of Psychology

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides students at Delaware State University with advanced academic skills and knowledge through teaching, research, and service, thereby instilling in them a sense of competency that will help them assume leadership roles in their respective fields of study. In addition, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a variety of opportunities to students, whether they emanate from under-represented or majority populations, to become technologically advanced and intellectually aware in the context of multi-culturally diverse yet global world. Learn about the changing currents of the political realm, mold a career around the diversely exciting world of the arts or explore the social and psychological tapestry of individuals and groups. There are a variety of appealing majors in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The art and music departments provide degree opportunities that encompass the areas of art creation, art management and music performance, as well as training students to become teachers within those disciplines. The mass communications programs give students hands-on experience with television and radio/audio production, as well as instruction in news gathering, news dissemination and public relations. We also have humanities programs in English and foreign languages, along with education programs in English, French and Spanish. The University currently has collaborative agreements with 33 institutions abroad, resulting in an atypical, international portfolio. Current study-abroad and emerging destinations include Cuba, Senegal, Uganda, Namibia and China (where seven mass communications students were selected as interns for the 2008 Summer Olympics). Additionally, there are degree programs in history, criminal justice, black studies and law studies. In the area of music, the University boasts its band and university choir programs and has cultural programming that includes the Schwartz Center for the Arts, theatre and dance programs and student opportunities in the Art Center Gallery.  

Graduate Studies

Delaware State University now offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).  A Master of Science in Art Education is also offered, and is designed to prepare art educators for research and practice in art education. Read more about graduate studies.