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Dr. Clete Snell

Dr. Clete Snell

Dr. Clete Snell

Professor of Criminal Justice and Social WorkCriminal Justice


I view my career in academia as the best possible job, because it provides a paid opportunity to continue learning. It's my belief that the best scholars in criminal justice learn from previous scholars in the field, from their academic peers, from professionals working in the system, and from their students. It's a privilege to work in an academic environment where the learning process is continual and life-long.

My academic interests are diverse but are generally concentrated in the areas of criminal justice policy. In recent years my research interests have focused on specialty courts including Drug, Mental Health, and Veterans Courts.

Degrees Earned

Sam Houston State Ph.D. Criminal Justice 1999

University of South Carolina M.S. Criminal Justice 1994

Montana State University B.S. Sociology 1990

Courses Taught

Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Research Methods, Criminology, Ethics, Seminar in Criminal Justice Films, Issues in Criminal Justice, Advanced Criminology, Administration in Criminal Justice, Law & Society, Mental Health & Criminal Justice, Qualitative Research Methods, and Violence in America.

Experience Qualifications


Snell, Clete. (2015). Success in drug court: The offender's perspective. Journal of Family Strengths, 15(1), Available at:

Snell, Clete. (2014). Foundations of Criminology. Dubuque, IA: Great River Technologies.

Snell, Clete, Sorensen, Jon, Rodriguez, John P., and Kuanliang, Attapol. (2009). "Gender differences in research productivity among criminal justice and criminology scholars." Journal of Criminal Justice, 37(3), 288-295.

Sorensen, Jonathon, Snell, Clete, and John Rodriguez (2006). "An Assessment of Criminal Justice and Criminology Journal Prestige." Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 17(2), 297-322.

Snell, Clete. (2005). Peddling Poison: The Tobacco Industry and Kids. Westport, Ct: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Snell, Clete and Everette Penn. (2005). "Developing an online justice degree program: A case study." Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 16(1) 18-36.

Snell, Clete and Bailey, Laura. (2005). "Operation storefront: Observations of tobacco retailer advertising and compliance with tobacco laws." Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 3(1), 2-13.

Snell, Clete, Bailey, Charles, Carona, Anthony, and Dalila Mebane. (2002). "School crime policy changes: The impact of recent highly publicized school crimes." American Journal of Criminal Justice, 26(2), 269-285.

Snell, Clete. (2001). Neighborhood Structure, Crime, and Fear of Crime: Testing Bursik and Grasmick's Neighborhood Control Theory. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing.