September 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Alum Named Executive Associate Dean at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

A smiling Thomas Stucky inside in well-lit hallway next to large windows

Thomas Stucky

Beginning July 1 of this year Thomas Stucky ’91 took over as the Executive Associate Dean for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, which has criminal justice, public safety, and public and nonprofit management programs.

His job is to make sure all aspects of the school serve faculty staff and students’ needs effectively.

Stucky joined the IUPUI criminal justice faculty in 2004 after spending three years on the School of Public and Environmental Affairs criminal justice faculty at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne.

He graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in Sociology from the Honors Tutorial College and a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Arts & Sciences, then completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Iowa in 2001.

He has been teaching criminal justice research methods and policy since then and involved in university administration since 2009, first as a director of criminal justice programs.

Stucky recently completed research examining factors associated with incarceration for a cohort of low-level offenders entering the Indiana Department of Correction and was the principal investigator for the Indianapolis Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative research partnership, which was a $2.5 million grant to reduce gang crime in Indianapolis. He also provided research consultation to the Indianapolis Mayor’s Task Force on Violent Crime, working with former IUPUI chancellor Gerald Bepko. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Stucky served as an Undercover Enforcement Agent in the Ohio Department of Liquor Control.

The Best Part

What he likes most is the ability to help nurture the spirit of public service that the programs’ students, staff, and faculty all share.

“Though it plays out in different ways,” he says, “all associated with SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs ) share a desire to contribute to a better world. That is pretty cool in my book.”

His OHIO Experience

Stucky really enjoyed his time at OHIO especially the culture of inquiry that was nurtured by his Professors, especially in the Honors College.

Dean Peggy Cohn was my mentor during my time at OU and Dr. Marty Schwartz has been a career long mentor to me,” he continues.

“It is hard to imagine being where I am today without Dr. Schwartz picking me out of an Introduction to Sociology class of 400 to consider me for the honors program.”

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