Faculty / Tara Tripp

My years at Temple University afforded me a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. As life at Temple was coming to a close, I found myself in a similar situation that many students find themselves in today. Do I go find a job or continue on with my education? In 1995 I graduated one of two African American females with a Master's Degree in Criminology from St. Joseph's University. It was on that day that I realized that I had to make a difference in academia.

My work experiences cover a range in criminal justice that go from victim advocacy to juvenile crime on through to probation and parole. As a Crime Victim Advocate for Center City Crime Victim Services I provided direct crisis intervention, support and victim advocacy to crime victims from the 6th, 9th, 22nd and 23rd police districts. It was a perfect job for someone coming right out of Graduate School. I learned more about the law, due process and the important roles victims play in the system than any information provided to me in any class up to that point. Working as a Juvenile Court Liaison Officer, and as a Probation Officer for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania I had the opportunity to see first hand how offenders themselves, society and economics impact the court. The job experiences that I have had have exposed me to some of the prime issues that I choose to expose my students to in all of my classes here at Temple. Issues such as juvenile crime, women and crime, drug usage, teenage birth percentages and our failing educational system are major factors facing the justice system today. I feel that as future "criminal justice practitioners" it is my obligation to the students to expose them to what the world will be like for them once they start working in it.

I have been teaching Planned Change in Criminal Justice since 2001, it seems to be my specialty. I have developed a rapport with my students. They (the students) know when they take my Planned Change course they are going to work as if they are really undertaking a change in some area in Criminal Justice. This to me is the best part about teaching a course like CJW145, when the students begin to feel like what it really is to work in the criminal justice field my job is done.