Maria L. Garase, Ph.D., serves as Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and also directs the 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 bachelors degree is in Criminal Justice, with minors in Psychology and Spanish from Edinboro University of PA. She has previously worked as a counselor specialist for court mandated delinquent females in a day/evening treatment program in Pittsburgh, PA. She has written a book titled Road Rage and has published several journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Her teaching and research specializations include criminology, juvenile justice, graffiti, female offenders, and program planning and evaluation. Dr. Garase has served on the executive board of directors for the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), Erie County Crime Victim Center, and Harborcreek Youth Services. She is also a founding member of the SCI Albion New Destiny Think Tank on Restorative Justice, sits on the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the PA Board of Probation and Parole, and serves as a longstanding member of the Erie County Truancy Taskforce.
Dr. Garase is the advisor of Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the Criminal Justice Honor Society. APS is a very active student organization on campus. APS students attend national conferences, go on field trips, bring speakers to campus, and participate in scenario-based, shooting simulations at the campus's police academy.
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
2010: University Award for Excellence in Service Learning, Gannon University
2007: Emerging Scholar Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences