Sociology and Criminology

Our Distinguished Alumni

The faculty and staff of the Sociology and Criminology Department are immensely proud of the accomplishments of our students and alumni. Whether it is through public service, academic achievement, or professional advancement, our students and alumni have distinguished themselves in many ways.

  • Jamie Slominski MA '15 has accepted the position of Area Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Onslow County. 

  • Robert Hicks MA '13 Social Research Assistant for Applied Learning. Assists Applied Learning in continuously improving program outcomes through both quantitative and qualitative assessment and measurement, researches the impact and spread of Applied Learning across the UNCW campus, and provides research support for Applied Learning, UNCW's Quality Enhancement Plan.

  • Josh Welker MA '13 in Criminology has accepted a position as a statistical analyst with the Arizona Supreme Court.

  • Amanda Smith, MA '13 is a Research Analyst at Research Triangle Institute in Cary, North Carolina.

  • Collin McColskey-Leary MA '13 in Criminology was hired as the research and evaluation specialist for Communities in Schools (CIS) of North Carolina, based in Raleigh.

  • Hillary Geen MA '13 Public Sociology works as a research assistant for Credo, a higher education consulting firm.

  • Jan Brewington '13 MA Public Sociology was hired as the coordinator for the "Parents as Teachers" program run by Smart Start of New Hanover County here in Wilmington.

  • Kayla Lauren (Picotte) Sauls MA '12 in Criminology is now a research assistant with the Carolina Population Center.

  • Melissa Rogan, MA '12 Project Evaluator | Evaluation of Cardiac Care Systems (LUCAS)
    The University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health

  • Brandon Bell BA '11 Public Sociology received his M.Ed in Higher Education this spring and will begin the CAPS program in the fall. He was also elected to be the Equity and Inclusion Member at Large for the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) where he will coordinate aspects of equity and inclusion.

  • Alicia Larkins, MA '10 Data Analyst for Bioinformatics LLC (external site) conducting survey creation, implementation and analysis.

  • Lindsey Martin MA '10 graduate Associate Project Director at Danya International,(external site)in charge of overseeing all day-to-day aspects of two SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Grants from NIH.

  • Brendan Roth BA '08 Is a Special Agent in federal law enforcement with the U.S. Department of Justice. 
  • Amanda Long BA '06 Criminal Justice and MA '09 MCPS has accepted a position as a financial crimes analyst with Wells Fargo in Charlotte.

  • Liz Cherry BA Sociology program with a double major of Sociology and French, and went on to get a full scholarship and graduate assistantship to attend the University of Georgia where she earned a Ph.D. in Sociology, and is now Assistant Professor of Sociology at Manhattanville College (external website) in New York, a prestigious liberal arts college with a strong Sociology department.