Felecia Dix-Richardson

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Dr. Felecia Dix-Richardson has earned a Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University, a Masters degree in Criminology from Florida State University and B.S. Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Troy University.  Dr. Dix-Richardson has conducted research in the following areas: 1) The Evolution of Islam in American Prisons; 2) Islamic inmates’ religious rights – This research involved extensive one-on-one and group interviews with Islamic Inmates.  This research also included interviews with correctional staff and administrators; 3) The Female Islamic Inmate; 4) Incarcerated women/mothers; 5) Juvenile Justice (overrepresentation of minority youth in the Florida Juvenile Justice System); 6) Suicide; 7) Computer forensics curriculum; 8) collaborated on anti-hazing research at Florida A&M University; 9) Recently completed article, “Florida Historically Black Colleges & Universities Partner and the Florida Sheriffs Association Lead the Way: Law Enforcement Recruitment and Community Engagement”; 10) Currently conducting research on “Florida Historically Black Colleges and Universities Address Racial Disparities within the Criminal Justice System Using Results Based Accountability” (upcoming article for The Journal of Race and Gender - 2018), “Differential Reporting of Sexual Harassment due to Social Structural” and “An Evaluation of Adverse Childhood Adversities (ACEs): Understanding the Adverse Conditions in the Lives of Florida Female Delinquents”, “Juvenile Justice Reform: Preparing the Next Generation of Juvenile Justice Leaders” and “The Execution of Nancy: An Analysis of Slavery, Politics and the Alabama Court System” ; and 11) Recently served as an Islamic research consultant for Part 2 Pictures for an episode of  CNN’s “This is Life with Lisa Ling: Muslims in America”.  Dr. Dix-Richardson has over 24 years of experience teaching criminal justice courses at the undergraduate level and over 18 years of teaching criminal justice courses at the graduate level.  Dr. Dix-Richardson is a member of the board of directors for AMI Kids-Tallahassee.  Dr. Dix-Richardson is also a member of the advisory council for the College Reach-Out Program “CROP” (Florida Department of Education).         Dr. Dix-Richardson is a member of the American Correctional Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. 


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Felecia Dix-Richardson: Using the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources module in Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University part of Integrate:Teaching for Sustainability:How the Community is Using InTeGrate Materials:Instructor Stories
A Success Story in Teaching Environmental Justice to Criminal Justice Students My course is a capstone course for criminal justice majors. The main emphasis of this course is to provide a contemporary analysis of theoretical and applied issues in criminal justice. Within in this course, students critically assess the criminal justice system as it relates to political policy and influence, economics, gender, race and socio-economic status. Although issues pertaining to environmental justice have been presented in this class in the past, this was the first time environmental justice was presented as a major grading segment in this course. The previous teaching format for this course had been lecture, class discussion and research paper/group presentations. By using the integrate modules (e.g., pair share and jigsaw learning) students were able take a hands on collective learning approach. This approach created an environment where students were thoroughly engaged. The exposure to the many issues that create environmental racism allowed my students to critically assess not only their immediate environments, but environments throughout the United States and around the world. This course is one of the last courses that criminal justice majors complete. One of the components of this course is to provide an overview of career opportunities in the criminal justice field. After the completion of the environmental justice segment, many students expressed an interest in pursuing careers with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations that have a dedicated mission of protecting the environment.