Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Concentration in Psychology is concerned with the study of human behavior, particularly as it relates to individuals within the criminal justice system. It is designed to help prepare individuals for careers in criminal justice administration, counseling, corrections, juvenile justice programs, and public welfare agencies.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
This course provides students with an introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on crime and justice; law and the criminal justice system; police and law enforcement operations; juvenile justice; and contemporary issues in policing, courts, corrections, incarcerations, and reentry. Students will develop an understanding that criminal justice is a complex social system and is a larger part of the broader social, political, and economic systems of the country.
CRJ 150 Corrections
3
This course examines the context, trends, practices, and special interests of corrections. Emphasis is placed on the history and current trends of the practice, jails, the prison experience, institutional management, educational/treatment programs, prisoners’ rights, women in prison, and race/ethnicity challenges.
CRJ 260 Criminology
3
The course is a theoretical study of crime, its causes, and crime prevention and control. The student will examine the field of criminology and develop an understanding for how research models are used to better understand and explain criminal behavior and society’s response.
CRJ 265 Juveniles in the Justice System
3
This course will bring the student with an interest in public safety and criminal justice into the American juvenile justice system. The student will learn about the laws and procedures that govern the way juveniles are handled by the police and the court, the reasons for them, and how to apply them in the everyday discharge of the law enforcement officer’s duty. This course covers the basics of juvenile justice, from entry into the system by way of law enforcement to prosecution, rehabilitation, and corrections.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.
CRJ 360 Criminal Law and Practice
3
This course covers the key components of criminal law and its enforcement. While the primary focus is substantive criminal law including its statutory codification, other topics include an overview of the criminal law process, defenses, and jurisdiction of the courts. The course will examine crimes against persons, property, and peace and order in detail and analyze the essential elements and burdens of proof required for a conviction.
CRJ 370 Criminal Investigation
3
This course is an introduction to criminal investigation and investigative process, policies, and procedures. Current issues in criminal investigations will be studied along with true case studies and applicable US Constitutional law.
CRJ 450 Drugs - Use and Abuse
3
This course serves as an overview of the chemicals that are commonly being abused in our current society. It will address the classes of drug and the effect of each class of drug. It will discuss the common methods of administration, the speed of transmission to the brain, and the neurological impact on the brain. There will also be a brief look at the treatment continuum of care.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.
CRJ 360 Criminal Law and Practice
3
This course covers the key components of criminal law and its enforcement. While the primary focus is substantive criminal law including its statutory codification, other topics include an overview of the criminal law process, defenses, and jurisdiction of the courts. The course will examine crimes against persons, property, and peace and order in detail and analyze the essential elements and burdens of proof required for a conviction.
CRJ 370 Criminal Investigation
3
This course is an introduction to criminal investigation and investigative process, policies, and procedures. Current issues in criminal investigations will be studied along with true case studies and applicable US Constitutional law.
CRJ 450 Drugs - Use and Abuse
3
This course serves as an overview of the chemicals that are commonly being abused in our current society. It will address the classes of drug and the effect of each class of drug. It will discuss the common methods of administration, the speed of transmission to the brain, and the neurological impact on the brain. There will also be a brief look at the treatment continuum of care.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Bachelor of Arts
Completion in Psychology

Ways to Learn

  • On Campus

Program Length

  • 180 Quarter Units

Contact

Overview

In as little as 18 months and with on-campus classes just one day per week, students can earn their undergraduate degree in psychology from JFK University. Our Bachelor of Arts Completion Program in Psychology is designed for working adults looking to finish their degree while taking advantage of the many potential career opportunities available to those holding undergraduate degrees in psychology.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology opens up pathways to a broad range of possible professions. Graduates take their psychology degrees with them into a variety of fields from social work to the social sciences, from human resources to the liberal arts. Those who decide to continue their education beyond their undergraduate degree can pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields, from business to counseling psychology to law. A better understanding of human psychology is beneficial to all walks of life and can lead to greater self-knowledge and life satisfaction.

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Highlights

  • Fit Your Education In with online courses and a program that condenses all your on-campus classes into one day per week
  • Apply Previously Earned Credits to graduate sooner
  • Start Anytime
  • Earn Undergraduate and Graduate Credits with the Linked Degree Option

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Bachelor’s program in Psychology will be able to do the following:

  • Identify, describe, and communicate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations.
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and recognize their role and responsibility as a member of society.
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Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and FlexCourse℠ on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete 180 quarter units to receive this Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

The 180 units include 45 Lower-Division General Education units required prior to admission. Students lacking these courses may take approved upper-division courses at JFK University, earn credit through CLEP or DANTES tests, or take approved courses from local community colleges.

The study plan below assumes entry to the program with ~98 quarter units with all lower division general education requirements completed.

Fall - First Year
Units
LIB3000 Education, Self and Community
2, Online
LIB3146 Information Literacy
2, Online
PYC3000 History of Psychology
4
Investigates the origins and history of psychology, focusing on key questions, systems, processes, and methods, and how they have influenced contemporary trends.
PYC3100 Developmental Psychology
4
An exploration of infant, child, and adolescent behavior and growth within the context of developmental psychology and the human life cycle. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
Winter - First Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Thinking & Writing
4, Online
LIB3303 Statistics for the Social Sciences
4, Online
PYC4221 Abnormal Psychology
4
This course explores the definitions, categories, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors from biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspectives. examines various treatment concepts while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural constructions of “abnormality.”
Spring - First Year
Units
LIB3145 Research Writing
4, Online
PYC4222 Cognitive Psychology
4
This course explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. We will examine how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3200 Theories of Personality
4
Students study the major personality theories and therapeutic applications in clinical psychology, including body-oriented and transpersonal psychotherapies. Theorists include Freud, Jung, Ellis, Perls, and Rogers. Course may be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
Summer - First Year
Units
LIB3300 Research Methods
4, Online
PYC3210 Social Psychology
4
Examines how social factors influence the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors of others. Explores such topics as: conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and interpersonal sensitivity. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
JFKU Elective Course
4
Fall - Second Year
Units
PYC3220 Biological Psychology
4
This course explores the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, the biological bases of complex behaviors (such as sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction), as well as the basic functioning of the nervous system. It focuses on the brain’s interrelations with the mind and behavior and how brain malfunctions produce mental disorders.
PYC4007 Psychology of Learning
4
This survey course addresses historical and current theoretical assumptions and approaches to learning and cognition. Special attention is given to the relationship between learning and cognitive process. Topics addressed include operant conditioning, social learning theory, learning styles, perception, memory, problem solving, thinking, and intelligence.
JFKU Elective Course
4
SVL 4000, Service Learning
0
Winter - Second Year
Units
PYC4220 Cross-Cultural Psychology
4
Explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. examines how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3205 Counseling Psychology
4
Explores the basic concepts of the helping professions. Includes exercises to integrate practical skills with a conceptual framework. For students who have little or no experience in the field. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
PYC4999 Senior Capstone
4, Online
This culminating course offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of major psychological concepts, theories, techniques, research findings, and practices. A significant topic will be explored from the multiple perspectives of the major subfields of psychology.
Winter - First Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Thinking & Writing
4, Online
LIB3303 Statistics for the Social Sciences
4, Online
PYC4221 Abnormal Psychology
4
This course explores the definitions, categories, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors from biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspectives. examines various treatment concepts while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural constructions of “abnormality.”
Summer - First Year
Units
LIB3300 Research Methods
4, Online
PYC3210 Social Psychology
4
Examines how social factors influence the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors of others. Explores such topics as: conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and interpersonal sensitivity. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
JFKU Elective Course
4
Winter - Second Year
Units
PYC4220 Cross-Cultural Psychology
4
Explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. examines how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3205 Counseling Psychology
4
Explores the basic concepts of the helping professions. Includes exercises to integrate practical skills with a conceptual framework. For students who have little or no experience in the field. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
PYC4999 Senior Capstone
4, Online
This culminating course offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of major psychological concepts, theories, techniques, research findings, and practices. A significant topic will be explored from the multiple perspectives of the major subfields of psychology.

Faculty

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

BA in Management
Concentration in
Entrepreneurship

Program Overview

Interested in starting or running your own company? The Entrepreneurship concentration offers coursework in new venture creation, new product development, new venture financing, and family and small business, preparing graduates for entrepreneurship in a variety of settings.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Entrepreneurship Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Entrepreneurship
Units
LDR 301 Social Entrepreneurship
3
Social entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges, particularly when it comes to establishing a viable business model and securing funding. This course provides an introduction to the world of social entrepreneurship and an exploration of how individuals throughout the world are assessing problems in their communities, finding solutions, and entering the marketplace.
LDR 302 New Venture Creation
3
This course is an introduction to new venture creation. Students will be provided with a hands-on experience in the preparation of a professional business plan for a new venture. Emphasis will be placed on strategic and tactical objectives, as well as strategic variables critical to achieving success in a new venture.
LDR 303 Founder’s Dilemma
3
New ventures face a host of challenges that must be met head on by the founder. This course examines the process for establishing a venture and the unique decisions the founder or CEO must make as the enterprise progresses from an idea to an established corporate presence. Students will study various benchmarks, trends, and influences that must be known to ensure for a successful enterprise.
LDR 360 International Business
3
This course covers the concepts of international organizational structures and management processes including the cultural, political, economic and legal environments of global marketing, world market patterns, and international trade theory.
Entrepreneurship
Units
LDR 401 Family and Small Business
3
In this course students will apply business knowledge basics to the specific study of small and family business ventures. Students will analyze the various structures family and small businesses take, assess management and marketing strategies, and consider ethical business operation and succession planning.
LDR 402 New Product Development
3
Bringing something new to a market successfully involves much more than simply coming up with a brilliant new idea. To be sustainable, the product or service must be tested and refined, and its target market thoroughly defined and researched. Success also hinges on accurate sales projections, top management buy-in, ample funding, and an effective marketing plan and product launch. Students will explore this complex process and expand their understanding of marketing, market research and targeting, financial projections, and financing within the context of bringing something new to market.
LDR 403 New Venture Financing
3
Even the greatest ideas need funding to get off the ground. In this course, students will study the funding of startups and new ventures from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the financier. By examining how investors view and analyze potential investment opportunities and how entrepreneurs structure their firms, products, services, and secure funding, students will develop a broad understanding of the financial decisions and strategies, on both sides, that must occur for a new venture to shift from idea to reality.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.
Entrepreneurship
Units
LDR 401 Family and Small Business
3
In this course students will apply business knowledge basics to the specific study of small and family business ventures. Students will analyze the various structures family and small businesses take, assess management and marketing strategies, and consider ethical business operation and succession planning.
LDR 402 New Product Development
3
Bringing something new to a market successfully involves much more than simply coming up with a brilliant new idea. To be sustainable, the product or service must be tested and refined, and its target market thoroughly defined and researched. Success also hinges on accurate sales projections, top management buy-in, ample funding, and an effective marketing plan and product launch. Students will explore this complex process and expand their understanding of marketing, market research and targeting, financial projections, and financing within the context of bringing something new to market.
LDR 403 New Venture Financing
3
Even the greatest ideas need funding to get off the ground. In this course, students will study the funding of startups and new ventures from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the financier. By examining how investors view and analyze potential investment opportunities and how entrepreneurs structure their firms, products, services, and secure funding, students will develop a broad understanding of the financial decisions and strategies, on both sides, that must occur for a new venture to shift from idea to reality.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.

It’s About Tradition

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

BA in Management
Concentration in
Leadership

Program Overview

No matter what role you occupy on the team, leadership abilities and awareness are essential to building integrity and enhancing effectiveness. The Leadership concentration provides coursework in organizational dynamics, conflict management, teamwork, and psychology, developing graduates’ capacity for leadership in a variety of settings.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Leadership Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Leadership
Units
LDR 360 International Business
3
This course covers the concepts of international organizational structures and management processes including the cultural, political, economic and legal environments of global marketing, world market patterns, and international trade theory.
LDR 364 Organizational Behavior
3
Workplaces vary substantially, not only in their products and services, but also in organizational behavior. This course addresses the sources of difference, such as communication, decision-making, culture, structure, and focuses on ways managers can influence individual and group behavior to create effective organizations.
LDR 471 Conflict Management
3
This course will focus on techniques and skills to manage conflict using appropriate strategies, tactics, and goal setting. Emphasis is placed on building long-term positive relationships in professional settings, theoretical and practical aspects of authority, face-saving, conflict assessment, communication, and problem solving.
LDR 472 Mentoring and Team Leadership
3
This course will give students insight into the management and motivation of employees. Areas covered in this course include selecting the right people for the job, delegating effectively, accountability, coping with challenging people, and building effective teams.
Leadership
Units
LDR 481 Principles and Practice of Leadership
3
This course explores the history, meaning, theory and styles of leadership. From dyadic, group, and organizational perspectives, students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of performance in organizations. Students learn how leaders evolve and also discover their own philosophy of leadership and how to apply it effectively.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.
PSY 389 Cross-Cultural Psychology
3
This course provides an opportunity to explore how culture affects various mental and emotional states, including problem solving and parenting as well as child development. Students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society.
PSY 421 Social Psychology
3
The analysis of social behavior includes social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes. Both theory and research findings will be examined.
Leadership
Units
LDR 481 Principles and Practice of Leadership
3
This course explores the history, meaning, theory and styles of leadership. From dyadic, group, and organizational perspectives, students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of performance in organizations. Students learn how leaders evolve and also discover their own philosophy of leadership and how to apply it effectively.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.
PSY 389 Cross-Cultural Psychology
3
This course provides an opportunity to explore how culture affects various mental and emotional states, including problem solving and parenting as well as child development. Students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society.
PSY 421 Social Psychology
3
The analysis of social behavior includes social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes. Both theory and research findings will be examined.

It’s About Tradition

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Celeste Camagna Foley, Ph.D.

Courses

Forensic Psychology

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Claire Reclosado-Baclay, PsyD

About

Dr. Reclosado-Baclay’s interests include Sport Psychology, Social Justice and Advocacy, and areas surrounding the Filipino American community. Her experience includes presenting at national profession conferences (AAPA, NMCS, APA), teaching at both university and high school levels, and clinical work in various settings.

Credentials & Accolades

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
M.A. Sport Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis

Communication Coordinator, Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on Filipino Americans

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Laura Jones, M.A.

About

Having previously taught at a 4-year University I have found a home and a family at John F. Kennedy University. JFKU offers opportunities to an array of students, from those coming directly from a community college to lifelong learners returning to school. My teaching philosophy is to provide excellence and equity in education amongst a diverse population. My capstone topic is “social, cultural, and institutional factors that may enhance academic identity or lead to students’ disengagement in underrepresented minorities”. I advocate for students and help them find opportunities they may not have been aware existed including tutoring services, career mentoring, and graduate school possibilities. I most enjoy working with students in their college career and inspiring them to go further than they thought possible.

Publications

  • Goodkind, M.S., Eickhoff, S.B., Oathes, D.J., Jiang, Y., Chang, A., Jones-Hagata, L.B., Ortega, B.N., Zaiko, Y.V., Roach, E.L., & Etkin, A. (2014). Identification of a common neurobiological substrate for mental illness. JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Jones, L. B. "My Team Drinks: An Analysis of Alcohol Consumption Norms Among Adolescent Athletes" (2013). Master's Theses. http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4282

Courses

Social Psychology

Theories of Personality

Abnormal Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Senior Capstone

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AREA OF EXPERTISE

Developmental Psychology

Adolescent Psychology

Social Psychology

Multicultural Psychology

APA Writing

Research Methods

Credentials & Accolades

M.A. Experimental Psychology, San Jose State University
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Society for Teaching Psychology (APA Division 2)
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45)
Western Psychological Association

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Dr. Pamela D. Parkinson, BS, JD

About

In my younger, thinner years I was a model, (one of the originals on the “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”, Virginia Slims campaign); practiced law in the Salt Lake Valley; served as a municipal court judge in Utah and Montana; owned a cafe and flipped hamburgers in the Yellowstone ecosystem; taught on ground as a Professor of Women’s Studies; and now teach online and develop courses. Whew!

I live high in the Rocky Mountains, 100 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, in a town of 180 souls that my Great-Grandparents founded in 1867. We are a farming and ranching community and it is the joy of my life to live in this beautiful, tranquil setting and be able to work from home. Life is very good!

My philosophy of education is a student-centric. I believe in focusing on student’s individual needs and goals and challenging students in the process of their learning. My goal is to help students develop the yearning to be lifelong learners and enabling them to understand the limitlessness of their critical thinking skills.

It is my philosophy that individual differences need to be recognized, respected, and celebrated. I believe that all students have strengths and it is the goal of an educator to mentor students in identifying and building upon these strengths.

My personal philosophy of education involves helping students realize the relevance and application of their studies to the world in which they play a part. I believe that students learn best through real-world experiences which are meaningful to them.

My personal experiences contribute to my philosophy today in that the most meaningful learning takes place when students are engaged, respected, motivated, and interested. It is my belief that the way to achieve this is by giving students a strong voice in their learning process and environment and by assisting them in finding connections in the curriculum with their own life and interests.

By allowing students to bring their own stories, experiences, and ideas into the classroom, students collaborate, they develop that most useful of real world skills and they learn from each other, and respect each others’ opinions and differences. My philosophy of education is grounded in respect.

Respect for the student and the totality of their experiences and being, and respect for the process that nurtures and encourages them to question and challenge the world around them. Now more than ever they are citizens of the world and that view must have its foundation in respect for the diversity and richness that they discover through the educational journey.

JFKU Online affords me the opportunity to reach those students who, for reasons of time or place, cannot begin or continue their educational journey. These students understand the importance of an education and how valuable it is to their lives. There are dreams involved here.

I picture the student: it’s 11pm and there is a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, their spouse is asleep in the BARCO-lounger in front of the TV, the washing machine is going, and they are just sitting down with their laptop and studies. They know they are not alone, we are there for them, at all hours, no matter where in the world they sit, and we are there.

Courses

Business Law and Ethics, Legal and Ethics Issues in Health Care, Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System, Family and Small Business, Decision Analysis, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Criminology, Conflict Management, Health Care Management, Introduction to Film, Communication, Juveniles in the Justice System, Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminal Investigation, Drug Use and Abuse, American History I & II, Human Civilization I & II, Ancient World History, New Venture Creation, Strategic Management, Organization and Business Communication, American Government, Academic Strategies, Psychology, Sociology, Personality Theories, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology, Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Law
Ethics
US History
Psychology
US Constitutional Studies
Political Science
Government
Women’s Studies
Criminal Justice
Social Sciences

JFKu Online

Jen Cross, MA, MFA

About

A widely-anthologized writer and educator, Jen Cross has facilitated writing workshops for over a decade. In 2003, Jen founded Writing Ourselves Whole, an organization that offers Amherst Writers and Artists method writing workshops, creating spaces in which the true and complicated stories of the body might emerge. Jen is the author of Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Mango, 2017). She received her MA from Goddard College in Transformative Language Arts, and recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Programs and Courses

  • CNS5039 - Self-Exploration: Writing Your Story (Online)

Area of Expertise

  • Consciousness and Transformative Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing as Transformative Practice
  • Healing through Journaling
  • Composition
  • Editing
  • Workshop Facilitation

Publications

  • Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma. (Mango, 2017)
  • “The Story of a Common Girl,” Under the Gum Tree, October 2017
  • "Coming Home," Matador Review, Fall 2017
  • "Safe," The Elephants, August 16, 2017
  • “Writing Our Survival: Transformative writing for survivors and those who love them,” Survivorship Journal, Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2014.
  • “Sisters: A Deology,” The Healing Art of Writing 2010, University of California Press, 2011.
  • Editor of Survivorship Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, Summer 2010
  • “Communities of scars” (review of Live Through This, Essence and Artifice, and Scars Tell Stories). make/shift: feminisms in motion, issue 4, Fall/Winter 2008.
  • "Surface Tensions," Nobody Passes: Rejecting the rules of gender and conformity, Seal Press, 2006.

Credentials & Accolades

San Francisco State University, MFA in Creative Writing, 2018
Goddard College, MA in Transformative Language Arts, 2003
Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA Workshop Facilitator Certification I, 2001
Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA Workshop Facilitator Certification II, 2002
Dartmouth College, BA, Cognitive Science, 1996

JFKu Online

Keith Wade, DBA

About

Dr. Keith Wade’s work experience includes over 18 years of business and finance experiences with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company and Pitney Bowes. Some of his duties were to develop yearly plant budgets all of Powertrain, totaling more than 80 million dollars.

Dr. Wade was responsible for overall compliance of income statements before published from several departments and created all strategic roadmaps for future growth and income while at Ford Motor Company.

Dr. Wade’s extensive academic experience includes facilitating online classes that include the topics of finance, business, project management, and organizational behavior.

Dr. Wade earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also earned his MBA in Business from the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he completed his Doctorate in Business (Finance Concentration) from Argosy University.

On a personal side, Dr. Wade lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife and three kids. He loves to horseback ride and mountain bike with his family.

Courses

Finance
Organizational Behavior
Economics
Communications
Business
Management

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AREA OF EXPERTISE

Finance

Management

Organizational Behavior

Communications

MBA

Credentials & Accolades

DBA, Business