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Galveston College
News Release
Friday, September 09, 2011


Galveston, Texas – Galveston College welcomes its new staff member, Durrell Dickens. Mr. Dickens, a 44 year old retired Houston police officer, will be teaching Criminal Justice courses this year. Mr. Dickens received his Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He earned his M.A. in Sociology, from the University of Houston–ClearLake, and his B.B.A. in Management from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Mr. Dickens, originally from Houston, transferred to Galveston College to coordinate the Law Enforcement Academy and to teach Criminal Justice courses. Before joining Galveston College Mr. Dickens taught at Lee College in Baytown for nine years. As an Adjunct Instructor for Lee College he taught Freshman and Sophomore level criminal justices classes including Deviance, Crime in America, Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, and Criminal Investigations. He also designed a mock crime scene, taught Introductory Sociology, and developed an Introductory Sociology online course. When asked about the most important component to introduce to his students, Mr. Dickens replied, “I want to make sure that all of my students have all the resources needed to understand criminology”.

Mr. Dickens encourages his students to pursue a career in Criminal Justice. Dickens adds, “Criminal Justice is the academic study of police, criminal courts, correctional institutions such as prisons, juvenile justice agencies, as well as of the agents who operate within these institutions. It’s the system of law enforcement, involving police, lawyers, courts, and corrections, used for all stages of criminal proceedings and punishment. I encourage students to enroll in the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement courses at Galveston College.”

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