Dr. Shani Wilfred
I received my PhD, with a major in criminal justice, in June 2005, from Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN. August 1, 2005 I began my professorship here at Valdosta State University (VSU). Having grown up in Miami, FL, I am excited to be back down south where it is warm 11½ months out of the year, sweetened iced tea is a staple, and southern hospitality abounds!
Since I was five years old, I have had an interest in criminal justice. What began as I desire to always be the cop, when I played cops and robbers, transitioned to a desire to be an FBI agent, then a juvenile probation officer, and finally a criminal justice professor.
As a professor, I enjoy teaching all types of criminal justice courses. However, some of my favorite courses to teach are research methods, statistics, juvenile justice, criminology and corrections. My research interests include Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and their involvement with offenders and the criminal justice system, juvenile justice issues (i.e., juvenile waivers), mentally-ill offenders, and community corrections (i.e., the use of community service, probation, and electronic monitoring as alternative forms of sentencing).
Here at VSU I am currently the Online Programs Coordinator, graduate coordinator, the departmental webmaster, and the advisor for the criminal justice online programs. In the community, I serve on the advisory board for the Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center in Thomasville, GA.
When I am not teaching or working with community organizations, I like to use my "free time" to watch sports, play sports (especially basketball), bike, and listen to music or books on CD. I am by default a Miami fan (GO canes, dolphins, heat, panthers, and marlins), which is usually only painful during the playoffs!