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.

Full-Time Faculty

Richard G. Greenleaf, Ph.D.

Director, Criminal Justice and Professor
Department of Criminal Justice

Andrea Krieg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice

Bhoomi K. Thakore, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Adjunct Faculty

Cathy Cassani Adams

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Ed Heerdt

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Criminal Justice

Lydia J. Hou

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Lori Klose

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Barbara Rzeszutko

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Ryan Alan Sporer

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Amanda Stewart

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Matilda Stubbs

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Paige Sweet

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Emeritus Faculty

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Dr. Forster served as faculty in the sociology department from 1977 to 2015. She taught courses in family, social problems, majority-minority relations and aging. Dr. Forster was a recipient of the College’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award, and was co-founder of the intercultural studies program. She is certified as a medical sociologist by the American Sociological Association and also holds advanced degrees in psychiatric nursing and Judaic Studies.

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Dr. Smith served as faculty in the sociology department from 1976 to 2016, and served 39 of those years as department chair. He taught courses in social inequality, sex and gender, complex organizations, research methods, and sociological theory. Dr. Smith served on numerous committees at the College, and created the original criminal justice concentration. He also holds an advanced degree in history.

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