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LETU Criminal Justice Professor Paul Rickert Earns Doctorate


LeTourneau University assistant professor of criminal justice Paul R. Rickert has earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. His dissertation was titled "Examining crime among college-aged Christians: Are Christian religious beliefs associated with low levels of criminal activity?" Rickert defended his dissertation in November.

Rickert has taught criminal justice courses in both residential and distance learning programs for nine years, and has been a sworn peace officer for 16 years. He came to LETU in 2011 from Liberty University where he was assistant professor of government and criminal justice for seven years.

Rickert previously earned two diplomas from Word of Life Bible Institute, as well as a bachelor's degree in government from Liberty University, a master's degree in Peace Operations Policy from George Mason University, a master's degree in criminal justice from Faulkner University, and an education specialist degree from Liberty University. He has experience developing criminal justice programs, coordinating adjunct professors and creating internships for students to gain experience and skills. He is currently also serving as Interim Assistant Dean for LETU's nontraditional and online programs.

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