Meet Jordan Russell, Lecturer, Department of Criminal Justice
First, tell us a little about yourself.
I began my UNT journey as a freshman in 2010 and have been connected to the university ever since! I completed both my bachelor's and master's degrees in Criminal Justice at UNT. Prior to my current role as a Lecturer, I served as the Senior Graduate Academic Advisor in the HPS Dean's Office and held a position as an Adjunct Instructor in the Criminal Justice Department. I am excited to further contribute to the mission of HPS while teaching criminal justice full-time!
Why did you choose to study criminal justice?
My fascination with the criminal justice system and the various components required to maintain social order and public safety motivated my undergraduate and graduate studies in criminal justice. I have been particularly interested in studying the legal system and how in operates within the criminal justice process. I consider myself fortunate that my passion for studying criminal justice has aligned with a meaningful career.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
As a teacher, I have the privilege of guiding students through a deeper understanding of the research and practices within the field of criminal justice. I find it incredibly rewarding to witness students challenge pre-existing perceptions and identify and articulate alternatives they wish to implement in their future careers.
What do you hope your students gain from your courses?
I hope my students are confident in utilizing the knowledge gained from my courses, so they may be a source of innovative influence in their chosen field. Through engagement and sharing my passion, I hope to inspire my students to forge a lasting connection with UNT and HPS, one that will provide support throughout their academic journey and beyond, much as it has for me.
What did you do before pursuing a career in academia, and why did you decide to pursue teaching instead?
Prior to my current role as a Lecturer, I served as the Senior Graduate Academic Advisor in the HPS Dean's Office and held a position as an Adjunct Instructor in the Criminal Justice Department. While I enjoyed advising graduate students for several years and gained invaluable insights into students’ needs, my long-term career goal has always been to teach criminal justice full-time. My background in academia uniquely benefits students. I am not only committed to ensuring students grasp the essential content necessary for success in my courses, but I have experience in recognizing the various support needs that students may have and the campus resources available to assist them in achieving their academic goals.
When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
I live in Denton with my husband, our two sons, Landon (6) and Fraser (2), and our elderly dog, Bentley (11). My free time is spent reading or enjoying the company of friends and family. We enjoy attending various community events, cheering on the Mean Green, and generally being outdoors as much as possible! Though, it seems our days are increasingly spent shuffling between various youth sports practices and games!
Do you have any fun facts that others may not know about you?
I began my HPS journey as a student employee in the Dean’s Office back in 2012!