Alumni Achievements: Where are they now?


Ken Armstrong

M.S. in Criminal Justice, 2008

  • Promoted to Assistant Chief of the Lexington, KY Division of Police in 2015
  • Certified Instructor with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, involved in training over 1,200 public safety officials and private citizens in the areas of criminal street gangs, leadership development, illegal drug markets and community policing.
  • Current President Elect of the EKU College of Justice and Safety Alumni Society

Mark Barnard

M.S. in Criminal Justice

Mark Barnard

  • Promoted to Chief of the Lexington, KY Division of Police in January 2015
  • Served as Assistant Chief of the Lexington, KY Division of Police since 2012
  • EKU College of Justice and Safety Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient in 2014

 

 


Ronnie Bastin

M.S. in Criminal Justice

  • Promoted to Lexington, KY Public Safety Commissioner in December 2014
  • Previously served as Chief of the Lexington, KY Division of Police since 2008
  • EKU College of Justice and Safety Distinguished Professional Award recipient in 2013

 

 


Dr. Lisa Conley

M.S. in Criminal Justice, 2005

  • Former director of EKU Safety City 2014-2016
  • Received a Doctorate of Sociology from the University of Kentucky in 2014
  • Taught at the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology from 2012 to 2013 while earning her Ph.D. and working for Bluegrass Greensource as an outreach specialist
  • Part-time faculty for the Eastern Kentucky University Departments of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and                                                                                    Women and Gender Studies from                                                                                         2007 to 2012

 


Alecia Edgington

M.S. in Criminal Justice, 2001

  • U.S. Department of State Senior Police Advisor from July 2015
  • Previously served as State Representative of the 63rd District in the Kentucky House of Representatives 2008-2012
  • Previously served as Executive Director at the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security 2005-2007
  • Kentucky State Police, Retired as Major over Technical Services 1990-2005

 


Dr. Ashley Farmer

M.S. in Criminal Justice

  • Beginning Fall 2016, teaching Policing and Research Methods courses in the Criminal Justice Sciences department at Illinois State University
  • Awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.  Her dissertation, titled "Copwatchers: Citizen Journalism and the Changing Police-Community Dynamic" was the recipient of the University of Delaware's Dan Rich Dissertation Award. 
  • Previously taught upper-level and intro courses at University of Delaware and worked at the UD Disaster Research Center exploring interdisciplinary interest between criminology, disaster studies and the environment, and collective behavior.  

 


Dr. Kevin Steinmetz

B.S. in Police Studies, 2008; M.S. in Criminal Justice, 2010

  • Assistant Professor at the Kansas State University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Received Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 2014
  • Published numerous academic journal articles on hacking, online piracy, inequality in the criminal justice system, popular culture and crime issues. Currently working on Exploit and Own: Hackers, Culture, and Capital, a book about hacker                                                                                         culture.

 


Dr. Justin Turner

M.S. in Criminal Justice

  • Beginning in Fall 2016, teaching Theory and Juvenile Justice courses in the Morehead State University Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology.
  • Awarded his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University.  His dissertation is entitled, "Killing the State: The Cultural Afterlife of Edward Byrne", which examined the ways in which the death of police officers provides us a chance to understand our current histories.
  • Developed research on understanding youth justice.  Published an article in Socia Justice that expands on the ways in which we understand youth in today's neoliberal context.  Currently working alongside fellow EKU Alum Travis Milburn, on a paper analyzing how security firms advertise their products such as bullet-proof whiteboards and bullet-proof backpacks to school districts to satisfy their security needs.

 


Dr. Lindsey Upton

M.S. in Criminal Justice

  • Beginning Fall 2016, teaching Deviancy and Juvenile Delinquency courses in the Tennessee Tech University Department of Sociology and Political Science
  • Awarded her Ph.D. from Old Dominion University.  Her dissertation is entitled, "Care, Control, or Criminalization? Discourses on Homelessness and Social Response", which examines political and media interest in homelessness in New York City from 1970-2012.
  • Worked with ODU Women's Center to successfully coordinate a multi-college campus-wide series to raise awareness on issues of sexual violence found across campuses and in the military.