February 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

Sociology-Criminology Alum is Managing Editor for Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

Erica Fissel

Erica Fissel

After graduating in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology-Criminology and a minor in Psychology from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, Erica Fissel earned her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2014, then stayed to continue her education in their Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice, specializing in crime prevention and victimology.

Managing Editor and Adjunct Instructor

Fissel has had several different positions since beginning the Ph.D. program and is currently the Managing Editor for the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and an Adjunct Instructor.

As managing editor, she is responsible for processing all of the manuscripts that are submitted to the journal, which is one of the top peer-reviewed criminological journals. As an Adjunct Instructor, she teaches an undergraduate course on Criminal Justice Statistics.

Fissel enjoys teaching students and helping them learn skills that can be applicable to their future careers. She also enjoys being a Managing Editor for JRCD because she gets the behind-the-scenes perspective of peer-reviewing and publishing… “super important to any academic.”

Most Influential Class at OHIO

Besides the advice and guidance from numerous professors during her time at Ohio University, there is one class that Fissel points to as pivotal in directing her career path.

“It was my Research Methods class with Debb Thorne. This class really opened my eyes and helped me uncover my passion for research,” she says.

Grad School is Tough

Fissel describes graduate school as tough.

“Academia can be a brutal world to be in as people constantly will pick apart new theories/ideas you may have. I think the hardest thing for me has been to not take these criticisms personally,” she says.

She elaborates that everyone in the field is trying to produce the best research possible so that policies/interventions/etc. can be developed, implemented, and have a positive impact on our society.

Post-graduation she looks forward to continuing teaching and conducting research.

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