Ashley M. Mancik

The Criminal Justice System. Criminology. Violence. Communities. Punishment. Policing. Research Methods. Statistics.


Teaching Interests and Experience

Teaching Experience

I have taught the following courses:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (Winter 2018)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (Spring 2017)
  • Introduction to Sociological Statistics Lab (Fall 2015/Spring 2016)

I have also guest lectured on topics such as crime, the criminal justice system, and punishment in the United States.

I have TA'd for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Sociological Research
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Men and Women in American Society
  • Theoretical Criminology I

See below for sample syllabi for past and proposed courses.

Teaching Interests

I am well-qualified and interested in teaching courses such as:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology or Criminological Theory
  • Communities and Crime
  • Violence and Society
  • Research Methods
  • Data Measurement
  • Forms of Criminal Behavior
  • Homicide Research
  • Punishment in the U.S.
  • Policing in America

In addition to advanced statistics courses at the graduate level, including but not limited to:

  • Longitudinal modeling
  • Discrete outcome regression models
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Meta-analysis

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Responses in American society to the problems of crime. Examines criminal behavior, criminal law, police, courts, and corrections, as well as selected issues in criminal justice. Special emphasis is placed on patterns and trends in criminal behavior; criminological theories; and organization and duties of each of the agencies involved in the administration of justice. Contemporary issues and challenges will also be covered. 

Sample Syllabus


Focuses on various aspects of criminology, including the nature and extent of crime, causes and correlates of crime, and societal responses to crime, with an increased focus on the role of the criminal justice system and crime control policies. Special attention will be given to understanding the role of race, class, and gender in crime and punishment, the scope conditions and limitations of theories, and assessment of empirical evidence. Additionally, this course will consider how an understanding of the nature, extent, causes, and correlates of crime can inform crime control policy and how it can aid in evaluating how we punish and respond to crime and individuals who engage in criminal behavior.

Sample Syllabus

Research Methods

In this course we will learn how to scientifically examine the world around us. Specifically, this course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of empirical research in the social sciences, including conducting your own research and evaluating existing empirical research. The course includes a lab component, which allows for hands-on experience analyzing real data, and an introduction to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). You should leave the course able to design your own study, conduct original data analysis, and write up and present your results.

Sample Syllabus