Cameron University Department of Social Sciences to present “Campus Shootings Profiling the Classroom”

The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences will present “Campus Shootings Profiling the Classroom,” the seventh presentation of the department’s “Justice For All Series.” Featuring Dr. Howard Kurtz, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex.  The event is open to the public at no charge.

Kurtz will examine the issues surrounding school shootings and address the problems they present for law enforcement and schools. School shootings is an area of study that is critical for modern law enforcement professionals from departments of all sizes. Every time a school shooting occurs, the debate generally centers on a short list of topics that includes 1) predicting shooters, 2) gun control versus carry on campus, 3) closed campuses versus open, 4) arming teachers, 5) mental health screening of students and staff, 6) identifying potential threats, and 7) the appropriate law enforcement response.

A co-founder of the Oklahoma State Criminal Justice Research Consortium, Kurtz is an internationally known speaker, consultant and panelist. He began his criminal justice career as a probation and parole officer in Pennsylvania.

While a graduate student, he received national funding from the Law Enforcement and Assistance Agency to develop rehabilitation programs for county jails through the National Institute of Justice. He holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of North Texas and has completed two postdoctoral studies at Rice University.

Kurtz developed one of the country’s first courses on victimology and has developed university programs as well as graduate and undergraduate course materials on crime that are used by countless colleges here and abroad.

He is the “first call” criminologist for homicide cases and hard-to-analyze crimes with local and state media. In addition, he is a consultant for the Justice Department, the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Homeland Security, The American Council on Education, The National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice.

He was recognized by the Central Police College, Republic of China, for furthering international exchange and outstanding contributions to the field of police science.

The Justice for All series is made possible through the GEO Group Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice and Sociology and the Cameron University School of Arts and Sciences.



April 8, 2019