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William Terrill

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Professor and Interim Associate Dean
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3520
Interim Dean & Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3520
Biography

William Terrill is Interim Associate Dean in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. His research centers on police behavior, with an emphasis on police use of force and police culture. He has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and reports, as well as two books entitled "Police Coercion: Application of the Force Continuum" (2001, LFB Scholarly Publishing) and "Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job" (2013, Carolina Academic Press).

Professor Terrill is currently working on a project with the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department to assess officer perceptions of firearm danger. Additionally, he recently estbalished a partnership between ASU and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, which provides intership opportunites for graduate students to gain valuable research experience. His prior work has examined a number of issues, including an examination of the variation in use of force policies throughout the country, and the various outcomes associated with the different policies, as well as numerous police observational studies in several cities. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992, from the School of Public Affairs Penn State Harrisburg, and his master's degree and doctorate in criminal justice in 1994 and 2000, from the School of Criminal Justice Rutgers Newark.

Education
  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice, Rutgers University 2000
  • M.A. Criminal Justice (Honors), Rutgers University 1994
  • B.S, Criminal Justice (Highest Distinction), Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg 1992
Research Interests

Policing, Police Use of Force, Culture, Policy, Strategies, Organization

Publications

Terrill, William, Eugene A. Paoline III, and Jason R. Ingram (forthcoming). “Beyond the Final Report: A Research Note on the Assessing Police Use of Force Policy and Outcomes Project.” Policing: An International Journal.

Terrill, William (forthcoming). “The Importance of Organizational Use of Force Policy." Police Science: The Australia & New Zealand Journal of Evidence Based Policing.”

Mazerolle, Lorraine and William Terrill (forthcoming). “Making Every Police-Citizen Interaction Count: The Challenges of Building a Better Cop.” Criminology and Public Policy.

Michael T. Rossler and William Terrill (2017). “Mental Illness, Police Use of Force, and Citizen Injury.” Police Quarterly, 20 (2): 189-212.

Terrill, William and Eugene A. Paoline III (2017). “Police Use of Less Lethal Force: Does Administrative Policy Matter?” Justice Quarterly, 34 (2): 193-216.

Terrill, William (2016). “To Shoot or Not to Shoot: That Is the Question.” Criminology and Public Policy, 15 (2): 491-496

Paoline, Eugene A. III, Jacinta M. Gau, and William Terrill (2016). “Race and the Police Use of Force Encounter in the United States.” British Journal of Criminology. doi:10.1093/bjc/azw089

Terrill, William and Jason Ingram (2016). “Citizen Complaints Against the Police: An Eight City Examination.” Police Quarterly, 19 (2): 150-179.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 230Introduction to Policing
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJ 607Advanced Topics in Policing
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 230Introduction to Policing
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 230Introduction to Policing
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJ 607Advanced Topics in Policing
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 501Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJ 607Advanced Topics in Policing
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 230Introduction to Policing
CRJ 607Advanced Topics in Policing
Honors / Awards
  • Penn State University School of Public Affairs' Alumni Achievement Award (2014-2015).
  • Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice Richard J. Hughes Award, Highest Academic Standing in Master's Program, (1994).
  • Pennsylvania State University Graduating Senior Award, Highest Academic Standing in Bachelor's Program, Pennsylvania State University School of Public Policy and Criminal Justice, (1992).
Editorships
  • Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, North American Editor, 2017-present.
  • Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Editorial Board member, 2017-present.
  • Race and Justice: An International Journal, Editorial Board member, 2014-present.
Professional Associations
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
  • Don Gottfredson
  • Candace McCoy
  • George Kelling
  • Stephen Mastrofski
  • James Fyfe
Work History

2016-Present   Professor. School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State University.

2014-2015       Professor. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

2007-2014       Associate Professor. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

2005-2007       Assistant Professor. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

2000-2005       Assistant Professor. College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University.

1999-2000       Fellowship/Assistant Professor. School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

1996-1999       Field Research Director (Stephen Mastrofski, Robert Worden, Roger Parks, Al Reiss). Project on Policing Neighborhoods (POPN), National Institute of Justice, Michigan State University.

1995-1996       Field Research Director (Lorraine Mazerolle). Crime Prevention Programs in Public Housing: The Jersey City Approach to Drug and Violent Crime in Public Housing, National Institute of Justice, University of Cincinnati.

1994-1995       Field Researcher (David Weisburd and Lorraine Mazerolle). Controlling Violent Crime Places in Jersey City: A Problem-Oriented Policing Approach, Rutgers University.

1993-1994       Research Assistant (Don Gottfredson). Sentencing Legislation Reform, New Jersey Criminal Disposition Commission, Rutgers University.

1992-1993       Research Assistant (James Fyfe). The Use of Excessive Force in Los Angeles, Temple University.

Service
  • ASC Division of Policing Executive Board, Chair (2016 - 2018)
  • Race and Justice: An International Journal, Editorial Board member (2014 - 2018)
  • ASU SCCJ Comprehensive Exam Committee, Member (2016 - 2017)
  • ASU SCCJ Executive Committee, Member (2016 - 2017)
  • ASU SCCJ PErsonnel Committee, Member (2016 - 2016)
  • ASC Division of Policing Committee to President Obama Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Member (2014 - 2016)
  • ASC Division of Policing Executive Board, Executive Counselor (2014 - 2016)
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