Maria L. Garase, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has experience as a counselor specialist for delinquent females in a day/evening treatment facility in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Garase is an associate professor of criminal justice at Mercyhurst University. She has conducted research and published in the areas of road rage, women and crime, graffiti, service learning, and public policy. She is currently working on a project with Erie County Adult Probation and the PA Commission on Sentencing. She is the author of a book titled: Road Rage. She is a board member of the Crime Victim Center and a member of the Erie County Truancy Taskforce. She previously served on the executive board of Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS). She teaches in both the undergraduate Criminal Justice and graduate Administration of Justice programs. Some of her courses include: Ethics in Criminal Justice, Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice, Women and Crime, Criminal Justice Research Methods, and Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation.
Dr. Garase is the advisor of Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the co-advisor of the Criminal Justice Club. Both APS and the CJ Club are very active student organizations on campus; they attend conferences, go on field trips, bring speakers to campus, and participate in scenario based shooting simulations.
2010: Gerhard O.W. Mueller Innovator Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
2010: University Award for Excellence in Service Learning, Gannon University
2007: Emerging Scholar Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences