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Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty

Elmhurst faculty members are scholars and practitioners in their own right—who love to teach on a campus where they can work with their students as individuals. Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Full-time Faculty
James P. Smith
Richard G. Greenleaf
Sarah M. Smith

Adjunct Faculty
Ed Heerdt
Lori Klose
Andrew Pulaski
Barbara Rzeszuto
Steven Stelter
Vicki Root-Wajda

James P. Smith
Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Dr. Smith teaches social inequality, sex and gender, complex organizations, research methods, and sociological theory. He also holds an advanced degree in history. He is particularly interested in the use of computers in teaching.

Richard G. Greenleaf
Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida
Dr. Greenleaf, the founding director of the criminal justice major at Elmhurst College, is a former police sergeant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and executive director of the Community Policing Institute in Oregon. His specialty is in criminological theory and international policing. He has published his research in numerous journals, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Asian Journal of Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice and Western Criminological Review. He has been an invited speaker at numerous universities in the People's Republic of China, including Hua Zhong University (Wuhan), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu), and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. He is currently working on the government’s response to mass demonstrations in the PRC. Dr. Greenleaf is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Association of Chinese Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Sarah M. Smith
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., University of California at Irvine

Dr. Smith specializes in corrections, deviance and social control, and prisoner re-entry. She also is interested in gender and crime and criminological theory. She completed her undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary and her M.A. in sociology from George Washington University. She has studied the prison system in the state of California focusing on procedural issues as well as parole.

Ed Heerdt
Adjunct Faculty
M.A., Loyola University Chicago

Mr. Heerdt teaches in the areas of criminal investigation and organized and white collar crime. He has 16 years' experience with the Chicago Police Departments and has been assigned as a homicide detective for 11 years. He also has patrol experience in gang and narcotics investigations.

Lori Klose
Adjunct Faculty
M.A., University of Chicago

Ms. Klose teaches in the area of society, health and illness. In addition to her academic background she also has professional experience with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers Compensation.


Andrew E. Pulaski
Adjunct Faculty
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Mr. Pulaski teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. He is also a practicing attorney in Chicago.

Barbara Rzeszutko
Adjunct Faculty
M.S.W., L.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago

Ms. Rzeszutko teaches introduction to social work, casework and group work. She has been a counselor with adolescents diagnosed with substance abuse and is a former probation officer with the DuPage County Probation Department.

Steven Stelter
Adjunct Faculty
M.A., Lewis University

Mr. Stelter serves as Chief of Police of the Brookfield Police Department. He is a former lieutenant with the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. He teaches white collar and organized crime.

Vicki Root-Wajda
Adjunct Faculty
M.A., Pennsylvania State University

Ms. Root teaches in the area of cultural anthropology. She is particularly interested in the application of anthropology to current social issues and problems.

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