New Faculty and Staff 2015
Brief Bios of our New Faculty and Staff in the College of Public Service - September, 2015
Please join me in welcoming our newest faculty and staff in the College of Public
Service. As this is the first time for me to do this, I want to include this who joined
us in the Spring, 2015 semester as well as those who are joining us in the Fall, 2015
semester. I know that you who have worked with me are well aware of the talents and
credentials of the individuals who have joined the College of Public Service in the
spring semester, and/or those who will joins us in the fall semester. I want to extend
my great appreciation to the individuals in our College and across the University
who served on the Search Committees associated with these key positions.
Interim Dean, College of Public Service
Crystal Belle, Ph.D., M.P., M.S., Assistant Professor, Urban Education
Crystal Belle holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree and a Master's Degree in English
Education from Columbia University, a Master's Degree in Secondary English Education
from Pace University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Middlebury
College. While attaining her initial degree she studied French literature at La Sorbonne
Nouvelle-Universite de Paris III. Crystal Belle graduated from Columbia in May, 2015.
Prior to that she was an educational consultant for Young Audiences of New York and
a Literacy Coach and Senior Professional Development Specialist for the Center for
the Professional Education of Teachers. Dr. Belle's recent publications include: From
Jay-Z to Dead Prez: Examining presentations of Black masculinity in mainstream v.
underground Hip-Hop in the Journal of Black Studies and Woman on fire.
Lori Brusman-Lovins, Ph.D., M.S.W., Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Lori Brusman-Lovins holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and a Master
of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
from the University of Cincinnati. While engaged in her doctoral studies she was the
first doctoral candidate to be offered and to accept a position as a full-time Research
Associate in the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. She comes to us from
the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections department where she was the
Director of Clinical Services. Dr. Brusman-Lovins' recent publications include: Staff
quality and treatment effectiveness: An examination of the relationship between staff
factors and the effectiveness of correctional programs in Criminal Justice Quarterly and Implementation of evidence-based practices: A structured process in Report on Emotional Behavioral Disorders in Youth.
Kevin Buckler, Ph.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Kevin Buckler holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminal Justice from the University
of Cincinnati, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University,
and a Bachelor's Degree from Sullivan University in Paralegal Studies. He comes to
us from Prairie View A&M University, and prior to that. the University of Texas at
Brownsville. Dr. Buckler's recent publications include: The newsworthiness of U.S.
Supreme Court criminal procedure cases (1994-2010) terms): Assessing the effects of
case salience and case complexity across elite and populace press in Criminal Justice Review and the James L. Maddex, Jr. Paper of the Year Award-Winning piece. U.S. Supreme
Court decisions in the Fourth Amendment cases (1961-2009): A test of the legal subculture,
democratic subculture, negotiation/synthesis, resource capability, and social background
hypotheses in Criminal Justice Review.
Paulina Gamino, B.A., Web Technical Specialist, College of Public Service
Paulina Gamino holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from the University of St.
Thomas. She is proficient in image and audio editing software, several programming
languages, multimedia software and multiple Microsoft applications including SharePoint
Designer. She is an e-learning specialist who has experience in working in the classroom
and in one-to-tone training. She has written technical manuals for various software
programs and designed and performed computer-based courses and quality assurance tests
in course and design standards. Ms. Gamino is also fluent in Spanish.
Angela Goins, M.S.W., Lecturer, Social Work
Angela Goins holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Houston and
a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Sciences-Communications with minors in the Theology
and English from the University of St. Thomas. She has recently been accepted to a
doctoral program in the School of Social Work with a focus on Teaching as Practice,
a joint program with St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas in
St. Paul, Minnesota. Angela is one of the only twenty candidates accepted into the
program this year. Prior to joining us as a Lecturer in Social Work, Angela Goins
was an Adjunct Instructor in Social Work and a Program Supervisor for the Adult Protective
Services - Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She has received numerous
awards for her supervision and case work including the Supervisor of the Year Award
from Adult Protective Services in 2009 and 2013. Angela Goins' publications include:
The role of the interdisciplinary geriatric assessment in addressing self-neglect
of the elderly in Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging.
Stephanie Karas, M.S., Lecturer, Criminal Justice
Stephanie Karas holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boise State University
and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science/Legal Studies from California State University.
She is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminal Justice at Sam
Houston State University where she held a position as a research assistant and teaching
fellow. She completed her course work for the doctoral degree this summer. In years
prior, Stephanie Karas advised students and served as a lecturer for California State
University and as an adjunct for Boise State University. Stephanie Karas' publications
include Supreme Court 2010 point-counterpoint: Kentucky v. King: The Supreme Court
invites unwarranted police entry in Criminal Justice Studies.
Diane Miller, Ph.D., M.A., Assistant Professor, Urban Education
Diane Miller holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Texas A&M University in Curriculum
and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading and Language Arts, a Master's Degree from
Texas A&M in English, and a Bachelor's degree form the University of Texas in English
Government. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor, and then a Lecturer in the Department
of Urban Education since 2010. Prior to that she was a Reading Workshop Intervention
Teacher, Campus Curriculum Instructional Strategist and Secondary Reading Coach for
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Dr. Miller's recent publications include:
The quality of recent studies in content area writing in secondary classrooms in Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice and Writing tasks in content-area instruction: A systematic review of the literature
in The Review of Educational Research.
Vivian Smith, A.A., Administrative Assistant I, Social Work
Vivian Smith holds an Associate Degree in Computer Technology from M.T.I. College
of Business and Technology. She also studied communications at Texas Southern University
and business at the University of Houston-Downtown. Prior to joining us as the Administrative
Assistant I for Social Work, Vivian Smith attained a multitude of experiences including
conference planning, records maintenance and preparation of training manuals. She
worked as an Administrative Assistant for the MacGregor Clinic, Texas Orthopedic Hospital,
Greater Houston Area Health Education Center and Frenchy's Chicken, Inc.