PhD, 1986, University of Pennsylvania: Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology
A.M, 1982, University of Pennsylvania: Master of Arts in Criminology, Department of Sociology
B.A., 1981, University of Maryland (College Park): Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminology
Teaching and Research Interests:
Teaching: Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice, Statistics, Research Methods (quantitative), Criminological Theory, Violent Crime, Victimology
Research: Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal Behavior; Victimology
Recent Courses Taught: Criminology, Research Methods, Youth and the Justice System
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 2011-2013
Department Chair (Interim), 2001-2003
ACJS (Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences) Executive Board, 1999-2002 (Trustee, Region 3)
Pamela Tontodonato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Criminology. Administrative experience includes serving as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as interim chair of the Department of Justice Studies, and undergraduate and graduate coordinator (Department of Justice Studies). In 2007, she received the Raymond J. Kuhn and Shirley J. Kuhn Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award and in 2006, the Student Accessibility Services and Ability Unlimited Outstanding Faculty award. She has served as a Trustee on the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Recent publications include works in the area of criminological theory and criminal justice education. She has published in journals including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Violence and Victims, the International Review of Victimology, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She was one of the authors of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Assessment web pages.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
P. Tontodonato & F. Hagan (2009). What Causes Delinquency? Classical and Sociological Theories of Crime. Chapter 2 (pp. 27-51) in Controversies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, 2nd edition, P. Benekos and A. Merlo (Eds.), Anderson Publishing/LexisNexis.
P. Tontodonato (2006), Goals, expectations, and satisfaction of criminal justice majors: Implications for faculty, students, and programs, Journal of Criminal Justice Education 17 (1): 162-180.
Cohort research, article in the Encyclopedia of Criminology (2005), R. Wright and J. M. Miller (Eds.), New York: Routledge.
Marvin E. Wolfgang, article in the Encyclopedia of Criminology (2005), R. Wright and J. M. Miller (Eds.), New York: Routledge.
"Assessment for Academic Programs," web pages for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences web site, co- authored by B. Peat, D. Davenport, K. Johnson, and P. Tontodonato.
"The role of individual and environmental factors in student success," paper presented at the February 2010 annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, San Diego, CA.