Theresa E. Conover, Ph.D.

Dr. Theresa E. Conover

Assistant Professor

103H Phelps Hall
513-785-7729
Theresa.Conover@miamioh.edu

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Dr. Theresa Ervin Conover joined the Miami University Hamilton faculty in 2012. Her research interests include problem solving approaches to address crime and quality of life issues, the criminology of place, and the role community engagement plays in crime prevention and public safety.

Dr. Conover’s recent research can be found in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, International Journal of Police Science and Management, and SAGE Research Method Cases. She has also conducted survey research for local community entities relating to police and community satisfaction, levels of community participation, and perceptions of safety.

She is actively engaged with students outside the classroom as the faculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Society student organization. In addition, Professor Conover has incorporated community-based research pedagogy into her criminal justice courses in an effort to provide students with the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research and their community.

Dr. Conover also holds the urban planning field’s professional certification – the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners). This interdisciplinary background provides the foundation for understanding processes and structures in urban (and not so urban) neighborhoods, the importance of community engagement, and concerns for equity, all of which are vitally important for criminal justice and policing today.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati

Teaching

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (CJS 101)
  • Law Enforcement (CJS 211)
  • Police Organization and Management (CJS 256)
  • Crime Prevention and Problem Solving (CJS 356)
  • Applied Research Methods (CJS 461)
  • Criminal Justice Capstone (CJS 485)
  • Crime and Place (CJS 641)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015). Integrating community-based research into a criminal justice capstone course. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 26(4) 408-422. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2015.1049631

Conover, Theresa Ervin and Liederbach, John. (2015). Policing on Demand: An Observational Study of Mobilization and Citizen Encounters Across Communities. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 17(3) 170-181.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015). The Police Engaging the Business Community: Using Survey Research to Examine Needs. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014558052

Public Scholarship

Forren, John and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (forthcoming). Ohio Civic Health Index Report, Washington: National Conference on Citizenship, 2016.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015). German Village Problem Solving Project. Report to German Village Association. Edited report prepared by students in CJS 485 (spring semester 2015).

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2014). German Village Neighborhood Safety Survey. Report to German Village Association and Hamilton Vision Commission.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2014). Policing the Core Business Area: Engaging the Community. Report to City of Hamilton Police Department. Edited report prepared by students in CJS 485.

Conover, Theresa Ervin (2014). Attitudes toward the police: Preliminary results from a survey of citizen police academy participants. Prepared for City of Milford Police Department.

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Conover, Theresa Ervin and Frank, James. (2000). Comprehensive Approaches to Solving Quality of Life Problems I & II: An Evaluation of the Cincinnati Neighborhood Action Strategy. Office of Criminal Justice Services, State of Ohio.

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Brown, Robert and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1999). City of Cincinnati’s Daytime Curfew Ordinance: An Evaluation of Changes in Youth-Related Incidents. Prepared for the City of Cincinnati Police Department.

Mazerolle, Lorraine and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1998). How to Develop A Neighborhood Action Strategy. Funded by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

Conference Presentations

Conover, T.E. and Jiang, Z. (2016). Abandoned buildings, demolition and the impact on police calls for service. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Denver, CO.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015) Community-based Research in a Criminal Justice Capstone Course. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, FL.

Jiang, Ziying and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2014). The Relationship between Demolished Buildings and Police Calls for Service. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2014). Policing in the Suburbs: An Examination of Problems Brought to the Attention of the Police. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

Liederbach, John, Frank, James, Conover, Theresa Ervin, and Travis III, Lawrence. (2000). Policing Lilliputs: An Examination of Officer Work Routines in Rural, Small-Town, and Suburban Departments. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

Brown, Robert, Conover, Theresa Ervin, Frank, James and Wooldredge, John. (2000). Citation Release: That Other Form of Arrest. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

Liederbach, John, Conover, Theresa Ervin, Frank, James and Travis III, Lawrence. (2000). New Horizons in Community Policing: Rural and Suburban Cities. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, LA.

Liederbach, John, Frank, James, Travis III, Lawrence and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1999). Policing in a community context: an observational study of rural, small town, and suburban police agencies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the

American Society of Criminology. Toronto (ON).

Mazerolle, Lorraine and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1998). Multi-method Exploration of Crime Hot Spots. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Professional Affiliations        

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA)
  • American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP)
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Ohio Consortium of Crime Science (OCCS)
  • International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)

Civic Involvement

  • Chair, City of Milford Board of Zoning Appeals, 2007 to present
  • Co-Vice President, Clermont County League of Women Voters
  • Commissioner, Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Commissioner, Clermont County Planning Commission
  • Vice Chair, City of Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Board of Directors, Housing and Urban Redevelopment Corporation, Cincinnati, OH.
  • President, Columbia Tusculum Community Council
  • Member, Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Eastern Corridor Task Force
  • Trustee, Columbia Tusculum Community Development Corporation