Maria L. Garase, Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences and she also directs the online graduate program in Criminal Justice Administration. She received her doctoral degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her master's degree is in Administration of Justice from Mercyhurst University, and her bachelor’s degree is in Criminal Justice, with minors in Psychology and Spanish from Edinboro University of PA. Prior to working in academia, she was a counselor specialist at a community-based treatment program for system-impacted young women.
Dr. Garase’s teaching and research interests include post-secondary education in prisons, pardon and commutation processes, issues in juvenile justice, and criminal justice reform. She is certified in the Inside Out Prison Exchange pedagogy and has taught an Issues in Criminal Justice course as a high impact practice group comprised of both university and incarcerated students at a medium security male prison. She has written a book, has published a book chapter and various articles, has delivered over forty presentations and invited talks, and has facilitated various criminal justice workshops.
Dr. Garase currently sits on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (Western District), the Erie County Pardon Project Committee, and the Erie County Truancy Taskforce. She is a founding member and current co-facilitator of the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Albion, New Destiny Think Tank on Restorative Justice. She has previously served on the boards of directors for the Erie County Crime Victim Center and Harborcreek Youth Services. She has also held various leadership positions in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) professional organizations.
- 2018: Outstanding Mentor Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- 2017: Regional Fellow, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
- 2015: National Advisor Award, Alpha Phi Sigma
- 2010: Gerhard O.W. Mueller Innovator Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
- 2007: Emerging Scholar Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences