Ronald Burns

Professor and Chair
Criminal Justice
Scharbauer Hall 4206 | 817-257-6155


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1997
MCJ, University of South Carolina, 1993
BCJ, University of South Carolina, 1990

Courses Taught

Police in a Free Society
Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System
Critical Issues in Crime and Justice
Federal Law Enforcement
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Violence
Police and the Community
Internship in Criminal Justice
White-Collar Crime

Areas of Focus

Policing, multiculturalism in the criminal justice system, white-collar crime

2016 Crawford, C., & Burns, R. “Reducing School Violence: Considering School Characteristics and the Impacts of Law Enforcement, School Security, and Environmental Factors.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 39(3): 455-477.

2015 Crawford, C., & Burns, R.G. “Preventing School Violence: Assessing Armed Guardians, School Policy, and Context.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 38(4): 631-647.

2014 Lynch, M.J., Burns, R.G., & P.B. Stretesky. Environmental Law, Crime and Justice (2nd edition). El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

2013 Bumgarner, J., Crawford, C., & R. Burns Federal Law Enforcement. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

2013 Burns, R.G. Policing: A Modular Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

2013 McNamara, R.H., Crawford, C. & Burns, R. “Policing the Homeless: Policy, Practice, and Perceptions.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 36(2): 357-374.

2012 Burns, R.G., Kinkade, P., & Bachmann, M. “Getting Hosed: Petty Theft in the Car Wash Industry and the Fifth Suitability Criterion in Routine Activities Theory.” Social Science Journal, 49(3): 263-269.

2012 Crawford, C., Burns, R., & McNamara, R.H. “Promotion to Full Professor: Looking Beyond Tenure and Associate Professorship.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education 23(1): 41-64.

  • Regional Trustee, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2006-2009
  • President, Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice, 2005-2006
  • First Vice-President, Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice, 2004-2005
  • Associate Editor, Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, 2003-2013
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice, 2001-2004
  • Associate Editor, Social Science Journal, 2013-present