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Tony Barringer

Phone: (239) 590-7849
Office: MH, Room 157

B.S. in Criminal Justice, M.S.A. in Public Administration, Southeast Missouri State University, Doctorate of Education, Cognate: Criminology, Northern Illinois University.

Practitioner Experience includes: Senior Youth Counselor (cottage supervisor), Mental Health Technician, Drug Enforcement, U.S. Army, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters (delinquency Coordinator), Principal Detention Officer, Principal Juvenile Intensive Probation Officer.

Academic Experience: Graduate Assistant, Southeast Missouri State University, Instructor, College of Lake County, Assistant Professor, Southeast Missouri State University, Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Research Interests: Faith-based programs and rehabilitation, Minority overrepresentation in the Criminal Justice System, Hate crimes, and School violence. I welcome research collaboration on any of the before-mentioned topics.

Community Service: As the internship coordinator, I am involved with a number of community agencies. I work closely with the agencies in order to provide rewarding experiences for both, the interning student, and the sponsoring agency. This experience has provided me with an enormous amount of knowledge about agencies in Southwest Florida.

In addition to being the internship Coordinator, I am the Co-Director for the Youth, Family, and Community program. This program allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience as they serve as mentors for youth who are designated as at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system. The students work hand and hand with service professionals in order to provide adequate services to the youth.

Personal Philosophy: "Greater accomplishments are made as a team than as individuals." This is the philosophy that transcends throughout our Division.

Teaching philosophy: I think that students should be provided the opportunity to apply their learned knowledge. This can be accomplished by requiring students to complete practical assignments when ever possible. I also believe that students should be able to understand the relationship between their experiencing, feeling, and consciousing. This is accomplished by challenging the students from a phenomenological perspective.

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