Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Lindsey Arbuthnot Clancey Lindsey Arbuthnot Clancey

Assistant Teaching Professor

M.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Cherry Hall 436
816-235-5955
arbuthnotl@umkc.edu 

Professor Arbuthnot Clancey is the Undergraduate Advisor and teaches the undergraduate courses Introduction to Criminal Justice and
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Dr. Alexander M. HolsingerAlexander Holsinger

Professor

Ph.D. – Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
Cherry Hall 445
816-235-5288
holsingera@umkc.edu

Professor Holsinger is the the Undergraduate Advisor. He received his doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.
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Dr. Kristi HolsingerKristi Holsinger

Chair/Professor

Ph.D. – Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
Cherry Hall 444
816-235-1471
holsingerk@umkc.edu

Dr. Kristi Holsinger is professor and chair of the Criminal Justice and Criminology department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,
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Dr. Toya LikeToya Like

Associate Professor

Ph.D. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Cherry Hall 446
816-235-5706
liket@umkc.edu

Dr. Like received a doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
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Dr. Ken NovakKen Novak

Professor

Ph.D. – Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati
Cherry Hall 443
816-235-1599
novakk@umkc.edu

Dr. Novak received his doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.
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Dr. Jennifer Gatewood OwensJennifer Gatewood Owens

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. – Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis  
Cherry Hall 438
816-235-1602
owensjen@umkc.edu

Dr. Owens received a doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2013 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis before coming 
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Dr. Lori SextonLori Sexton

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. – Criminology, Law & Society
University of California, Irvine  
Cherry Hall 437
816-235-5755
sextonl@umkc.edu

Dr. Lori Sexton is the Director of the Graduate Program in Criminal Justices and Criminology. She received her doctorate
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Adjunct Faculty

Haley MickelsonHaley Mickelson

M.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Cherry Hall, Room 451
mickelsonh@umkc.edu 

Rita D. Pearce Rita D. Pearce

M.S., Administration of Justice
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Cherry Hall, Room 451
Phone: 816-591-0615
pearceri@umkc.edu

Ryan SamuelsonRyan Samuelson

M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice
Arizona State University
Cherry Hall Room 433
Phone: 816-235-1600
samuelsonr@umkc.edu 

Staff

Tricia FalkPatricia Falk

Office Support Assistant IV
Cherry Hall 434
Phone: 816-235-2751
falkp@umkc.edu

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistant Kristen BensonKristen Benson

Cherry Hall, Room 440
Phone: 816-235-1743
knb5y7@mail.umkc.edu 

Graduate Assistant Rhiannon CoatesRhiannon Coates

Cherry Hall, Room 440
Phone: 816-235-1743
Rkcvy7@mail.umkc.edu 

Graduate Assistant Lexi GillLexi Gill

Cherry Hall, Room 433
Phone: 816-235-1600
lmgvxd@mail.umkc.edu

Graduate Assistant Michael HoughMichael Hough

Cherry Hall, Room 440
Phone: 816-235-1743
mah6yb@mail.umkc.edu

Graduate Assistant Alison PhillipsAlison Phillips

Cherry Hall, Room 440
Phone: 816-235-1743
Arpvg5@mail.umkc.edu



Emeritus

image place holderCathleen Burnett

Professor Emeriti
burnettc@umkc.edu
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Areas of Interest: Death Penalty; Women and Law; Restorative Justice

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Olson Professor and Professor Emeritus
Cherry Hall 447
Phone: 816-235-1598
lucasw@umkc.edu
Ph.D., Iowa State University
Areas of Interest: Substance Abuse; Administration of Justice

“It is important that the classroom atmosphere be one in which students feel free to discuss the topics being covered and express their opinions — even when we are covering controversial issues such as race, ethnicity and crime.”

Toya Like, Ph.D. Associate Professor

The average class size at UMKC is just 27 students.

More than 11,000 students receive financial aid— a total of $150 million each year.

“Every opportunity, theoretical concepts that provide the foundation of Criminal Justice and Criminology are linked to real-world practice and application.”

Alex Holsinger, Ph.D. Professor

“The CJC Department helped me to develop a higher understanding of the legal system and how it operates which, in turn, helped prepare me for the LSAT examination and ultimately, law school.”

Audrey McCormick B.A., 2007

UMKC alumni include state politicians, CEOs of prominent national firms, a former FBI director and even a U.S. president.