Megan Denver is a recent and distinguished addition to the faculty at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously an assistant professor at Florida State University, she developed a keen understanding of the criminal justice system through advancing her education and immersing herself in complex research. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany and her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Delaware.
As a professor, Denver wants to help criminal justice majors grasp the excitement behind and the importance of research, careers, and coverage within the field. She believes a narrow set of images often comes to mind when individuals think of criminal justice, but the field is much larger, more diverse, and more complex than many realize. She advises current and prospective students alike to meet with different professionals to gain a more thorough understanding of possibilities in criminology and criminal justice. She is also an advocate for tracking policy changes and developments in the news, as this can help students expose themselves to agencies or careers that may be of interest to them. Northeastern University’s focus on experiential learning ties into Denver’s suggestions and provides a unique avenue for students to achieve a deeper understanding of the field via co-op positions. The variety of co-ops available demonstrate the true diversity of the major that Denver addresses. Read more.
As Senior Co-op Coordinator and Faculty member, Jean Egan has delivered outstanding service to the SCCJ students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our program for more than 40 years. She is adored by our undergraduate students who consistently state that Jean is a highly-influential early career mentor.
Jean is a tireless problem-solver who developed SCCJ’s co-op integration course that distills the lessons learned during their employment experiences, and considers how these lessons shape their career choices in the future. This course is considered a CSSH model for how students can achieve the most value from their co-op experiences. Jean’s strong knowledge base and close connections to students and employers have been absolutely essential to our program. Her leadership in this area and enthusiasm for making innovative pedagogical changes that benefit the skillsets of our students has been inspiring. It is not surprising that Jean has served with distinction on multiple university-wide committees in this area and is a Past President of the National Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Read more.