The AOJ faculty has a rich tradition of accomplishment and academic excellence. Scholarly activities have earned us a national and international reputation, and we maintain strong working relationships with criminal justice agencies and the Mercyhurst Civic Institute
. Program faculty has published close to a dozen books, a number of journal articles, various technical reports and research studies for public and private sector organizations. The faculty is active in professional organizations including the American Society of Criminology (ASC), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), and the European Society of Criminology (ESC).
Frank E. Hagan, Ph.D., Director
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Office: 126 Preston Hall
: Dr. Hagan is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology and is the Director of the Administration of Justice graduate Program. He is a former senior researcher and lecturer at Case Western Reserve University and is the author of Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Deviance and the Family, Political Crime, The Language of Research in Criminal Justice, White Collar Deviance and Introduction to Criminology
. Dr. Hagan is a recipient of the Mercyhurst University Teaching Excellence Award and received the Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Peter J. Benekos, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Akron
Office: 115 Preston Hall
: Dr. Benekos is a Professor of Criminal Justice with a specialty in juvenile justice and corrections. He is a former corrections counselor in both prison and community-based corrections settings. He has conducted research and published in the areas of juvenile justice, corrections, and public policy, and he is the co-author of The Juvenile Justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law, 7th edition, and co-editor of Controversies in Juvenile Justice & Delinquency, 2nd edition, and Crime Control, Politics, and Policy, 2nd edition
. Dr. Benekos is the executive director of the Mercyhurst Civic Institute. Dr. Benekos is a recipient of the Mercyhurst University Teaching Excellence Award and received the Founders Award and the Outstanding Mentor Award
from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Tina Fryling, J.D., M.S.
J.D., University of Dayton
Office: 122 Preston Hall
: Attorney Fryling is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and department chair of the undergraduate criminal Justice program. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton where she was also Law Review Research Editor. She was formerly a law clerk for the Erie County Court of Common Pleas and maintained a private law practice. Attorney Fryling teaches courses in ethics, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and women and crime. She has conducted research and presented papers on legal issues of privatization in criminal justice. She has published a chapter in a book about Elder Abuse and has various entries in the Encyclopedia of Criminology.
Attorney Fryling has argued in front of the PA Superior Court and the PA Supreme Court as well as is certified to represent criminal defendants involved in death penalty cases for the State of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing a Constitutional Law textbook.
Maria L. Garase, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Indiana University of PA
Office: 120 Preston Hall
: Dr. Garase is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. She has worked as a counselor specialist for delinquent females in a day/evening treatment facility in Pittsburgh. She has written a book titled Road Rage
and has published in various journals. Dr. Garase has served on the executive board of Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) and currently is a member of the Erie County Truancy Taskforce. Her teaching and research specializations include criminology, juvenile justice, graffiti, female offenders, criminal justice ethics, and program evaluation. Dr. Garase is a past recipient of the Gerhard O.W. Mueller Innovator Award and the Emerging Scholar Award
from the NEACJS.