Lourdes University is pleased to announce that Dale Lanigan, Ed.D., Chairperson of the Department of Sociology & Justice Studies and Assistant Professor, has been appointed Vice President of the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE) for the 2014-2015 academic year. In the 2015-2016 academic year he will serve as President of the organization, which is a consortium of Ohio colleges and universities whose mission is to promote education and research in the administration of criminal justice and to facilitate communication and cooperation with practitioners in the field. As Vice President, Dr. Lanigan will act to encourage the development of criminal justice education in Ohio and will work with the OCCJE’s President to implement annual events including a career fair and student research conference.   

Dr. Lanigan joined the Lourdes community in 2000, after serving in several academic positions at The University of Toledo. At Lourdes, he has been involved in the operation of the Sociology & Justice Studies Department, has directed the Criminal Justice Program, has served on a number of university committees, and has developed curriculum and created courses such as Ethics & Criminal Justice and Understanding Terrorism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Elmira College in New York, a Master of Arts degree in theology & ethics from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a Doctor of Education degree in educational sociology from The University of Toledo.

 Portrait of Dale Lanigan

In addition to his leadership in the OCCJE, he is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA), and served as part of the planning committee for the 2013 National Conference on Restorative Justice held at The University of Toledo last June. Dr. Lanigan also serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Boards at Whitmer High School and Northwest State Community College, and on the Citizens Advisory Board at the Toledo Correctional Institution.

“Lourdes has held institutional membership in the OCCJE for several years, and last spring hosted the organization’s annual research conference. Our involvement with the organization has been very beneficial to our students in a number of ways. For example, it has afforded them the opportunity to do research and to learn of career possibilities through a job fair. The OCCJE gives students the chance to meet young scholars from other peer institutions, to form working relationships with others who share similar interests, and to hear from significant people in the variety of criminal justice fields,” shares Dr. Lanigan of his passion for OCCJE.  

Visit http://www.occje.org for more information on the Ohio Council for Criminal Justice Education.