Faculty / Nicolette Parisi

Dr Nicolette Parisi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. She has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the School of Criminal Justice at The University at Albany ( SUNY) and a J.D. from Temple University (Beasley School of Law). After teaching full-time in the department between 1978 and 1981, Nicolette decided to go to law school at Temple. After graduation, Nicolette was a law clerk to Judge Edmund Spaeth, then President Judge of Pennsylvania Superior Court. Later, Nicolette was an Associate with the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. In 1989, Nicolette was counsel to the Governor's Commission that investigated the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania prison riot. She supervised the expedited investigation and prepared a draft report for the commission.

For approximately seven years, Nicolette held various positions in the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General (OIG). This state agency investigates fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct in the programs, operations, and contracting of the executive agencies under the governor's jurisdiction. Between 1995 and May 1999, Nicolette was the Pennsylvania Inspector General under Gov. Tom Ridge. Nicolette conducted and supervised investigations into employee and contractor misconduct. In addition, she had oversight of the welfare fraud investigations and overpayment reviews within the OIG.

In 1995, Nicolette was responsible for the system-wide assessment of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. She designed, organized, and supervised a review of the functions and operation of this agency as well as the circumstances related to a particular parole case. The final report was submitted to the governor with recommendations for specific changes to the structure and practices of the parole board.

Nicolette provided transition assistance for Gov. Tom Ridge and for Gov. Mark Schweiker by collecting and preparing their gubernatorial materials for archiving.