The Latest Stuff…
2020 has been a tumultuous year, and police scholars are scrambling for a response. Here is my effort in that regard:
I’ve decided to work on my ongoing OER projects as online “working drafts,” which means you can watch them develop, and hopefully comment as to the content, organization, errors, omissions, and so forth. So far, criminal law (with Dr. Jack Brown), criminal procedure, criminology (with Dr. Scott Bransford), and research methods have been posted in draft form.
My Ph.D. isn’t in economics, business, or finance, but I like to dabble in this fun and fascinating field. My criminal justice students will likely wind up in public service fields that, unfortunately, don’t pay very well. I try to help them overcome that obstacle by understanding money and investing.
I am developing three sets of resources in this area:
Fundamentals of Finance for Helping Professionals. This text assumes little knowledge of finance and money management and provides strategies for maximizing income, minimizing spending, and controlling debt. It also provides an introduction to investing for retirement and related concepts.
Fundamentals of Market Investing. This text provides an overview of long-term investing and deals primarily with investing within the context of a tax-sheltered retirement account. The basic idea of this text is to provide a clear and concise treatment of a complex topic in plain English.
The major thrust of my work is criminal justice, with an emphasis on policing and research. I teach the following courses and have developed OER textbooks for:
- Introduction to Criminal Justice v.1.0
- Fundamental Cases in Criminal Justice [HTML / eBook / Print]
- Policing [Draft Forthcoming]
- Criminal Law [Working Draft]
- Procedural Law [Working Draft]
- Finance for Helping Professionals
- Statistics v.1.0 [HTML / eBook / Print]
- Research Methods [Working Draft]
I’m also collaborating with colleagues on some things that I do not teach on a regular basis:
- Criminology [Working Draft]
Higher education costs have gotten out of hand, and students often struggle to make ends meet and take on mountains of debt. A major component of that is the astronomical cost of textbooks. OER materials seek to provide students with high-quality texts at no (or very little) cost.
Part of my OER efforts will be “teaching the teacher” in the use of technology to develop resources and deliver them to the masses.
Print versions and Kindle versions available on Amazon. If you find my materials useful, please leave a kind word in an Amazon review.