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Casey Akins

Casey Akins

Casey Akins

Lecturer of Criminal Justice and Social WorkCriminal Justice


Ms. Akins joined the faculty at UHD in 2023 as a Lecturer. Her areas of interest include addressing and assessing the communication practices in criminal justice systems, specifically as they relate to wrongful convictions. She has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2004, having previously taught at New Mexico State University and University of Houston-Victoria. Prior to teaching, Ms. Akins worked in the non-profit sector in child abuse prevention and sexual assault/interpersonal violence prevention.

Degrees Earned

University of North Florida, Masters of Science, Criminal Justice

Ohio University, Bachelors, Communication

Courses Taught

CJ 3306 Crime and Delinquency

CJ 3311 Ethics

CJ 4304 White Collar Crime

CJ 4390 Serial Killers

CJ 4390 Wrongful Convictions

Experience Qualifications


Texas A&M Assessment Conference 2013, Presentation: "Strengthening Our Programs: Framing Assessment within Context of Curricular Design and Management"

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, 2015, "Normalization of Collective Identity: Analysis of Rhetorical Strategies in an LGBT Student Group"

National Communication Association, Feminist and Women's Studies Division, 2017, "Changing Norms, Constituting Identities, and Complicating Masculinity: A Rhetorical View of Bystander Intervention Strategies in Violence Prevention"

College on College Composition and Communication, 2018, "Insider Positionality in Technical Communication Scholarship: A Quantitative Inquiry."

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, 2018, "Teaching to Trauma: Pedagogical Practices in Response to Natural Disaster."

Rhetoric Society of America, 2022, "Letters from the Damned: Wrongful Convictions and Agency"