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Michelle Richter, PhD
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Phone: 512-448-8624

  • PhD in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 2010
  • MA in Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 2007
  • MS in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1999
  • BS in Criminal Justice at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 1997
  • BA in Psychology and Honors BA in Anthropology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 1994
Why I Teach

I remember what it was like to be a student and how often I thought … I could make this much more interesting and fun. I made mental notes about how I would improve and enliven the approaches to my own classroom teaching. Where else can you have unlimited access to a library, the Internet and people who really want to listen to the knowledge you have gained over your lifetime?

Now, I live for the “ah-ha” moment when my students understand the concept I am trying to convey.
When you combine the understanding of theoretical concepts and how they can be used in the practitioner’s world, it is learning at its best.