Dawna Wensel

Dawna Wensel
Dawna Wensel
Director of Criminal Justice Program
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-7512
Location: 233C Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D., Sociology with Concentration in Crime and Deviance
University of Akron, 2019

MA, Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati, 2012

BA, Criminal Justice
Kent State University, 2007

Short Bio

Dr. Wensel has both academic and professional experience in the field of criminal justice. In 2002 she graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, and worked as a police officer for nearly 15 years – 13 of which was spent with a multi-county narcotics task force, where she served as an undercover agent. While serving as a police officer, she pursued her academic career; here, she developed a strong desire to further her research in the field of criminal justice and to share her knowledge of the field with students at the collegiate level. Her hands-on knowledge, combined with her academic specialties, guide her research and service endeavors.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Dr. Wensel has research interests in policing and juvenile delinquency. Prior to joining Pitt-Bradford, she previously taught many criminal justice courses, including Introduction to Criminal Justice; Law Enforcement Administration; Security and Events Management; Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice; Deviance; and Law and Society.