Department of Social Work, Criminal Justice, & Family Science

The department offers majors and minors in:

AU also offers an associate’s degree in criminal justice, and students can also explore our minors in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Transformation. Depending on their interests and areas of study, students are prepared to enter careers related to law enforcement; courts and corrections; victim advocacy and assistance; family services and youth programs; family life or parent education programs; leadership roles in church, school, and community; entry-level positions in government or business; and social work. The programs also provide a foundation for graduate study.

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As a security analyst, I appreciate the sociological insights and research methods that better equip me to comprehend the micro and macro factors in my job. I would recommend Anderson University’s sociology department to anyone interested in further understanding the capacity of contribution that an individual can have on any social structure.

Ray Lyngdoh BA ’08

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Neal Freeman

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Neal Freeman

Neal Freeman is an Instructor of Criminal Justice. He holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Mr. Freeman served as an enlisted soldier in the US Army before receiving his appointment to the Military Academy. Upon graduation, he served as an Aviation Officer for 10 years, rising to the rank of Captain. He flew UH-1 Huey and CH-47 Chinook helicopters during that time and served as a platoon leader, several staff positions and as a company commander.

Upon his discharge from the US Army, Freeman became a Special Agent with the FBI, serving the Indiana community for 20 years before retiring in 2017. During his time with the FBI, he served as a team member of the Indianapolis Evidence Response Team and as a Special Agent Assessor for hiring.
Neal and his wife, Laura, a teacher with Anderson Community Schools, are active members of Eastside Church of God. They also have been mentoring incarcerated youth at the Pendleton Juvenile Detention Facility for many years. Neal and Laura have two sons, one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Contact Professor Freeman
nofreeman@anderson.edu
B.S., United States Military Academy
M.A.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

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Melanie Lain Musser

Instructor of Social Work

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Melanie Lain Musser

Melanie Lain Musser, MSW, has been teaching at Anderson University since 1992, first as an adjunct instructor, then as a full-time faculty member, and returning as Instructor of
Social Work.

Having earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Indiana University, she has practiced as a clinical social worker in community mental health counseling, in-patient psychiatric services, medical social work, and older adult and caregiver support services.

She teaches courses in the Social Work and Family Science programs, with a particular interest in introducing students to professional roles in social services, integration of faith and learning and professional practice, and exploring family dynamics in societal context.

Beyond AU, her volunteer and ministry roles have included advocating for children in poverty (Church of God child sponsorship program Children of Promise), promoting water well construction in developing countries to address the global clean water crisis (through Living Water International), serving in various youth development organizations (including Girl Scouts of Central Indiana), and ministry to the local community through Crosspoint Church in Fishers.

Contact Professor Musser
mlmusser@anderson.edu
MSW, Indiana University

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Dr. Leroy Quashie

Professor of Family Science

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Dr. Leroy Quashie

Dr. Leroy Andrew Quashie is Professor of Family Science and Director of the Family Science Program. Dr. Quashie holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Warner University, MA and Ph. D. in Family Ecology and Sociology, and MPH in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. His research efforts have focused on health and family issues.

Quashie joined the AU faculty in the Fall of 2007. He is considered by his colleagues and students to be a visionary and passionate educator.

In addition to his leadership and teaching assignments at the University, Dr. Quashie is actively engaged in the Anderson community and serves on a number of health and human services boards and committees. He has conducted workshops, seminars, and retreats in the USA, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, and Botswana on leadership, community development, marriage and family, prayer, and strategic ministry planning.

Dr. Quashie is married to Karen Quashie, has four children, and five grandchildren. He is a member of the Madison Park Church of God congregation and facilitates intercessory prayer sessions, and a member of a local Rotary Club.

Contact Dr. Leroy Andrew Quashie, Ph. D; MPH, CFLE
laquashie@anderson.edu
Professor and Director of the Family Science Program

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Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott

Professor of Criminal Justice

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Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott

Dr. Dulce Maria Scott, professor of sociology and criminal justice, received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Brown University. Her research and publication areas have included criminal justice issues, race, ethnicity, migrations, and diasporas. Her most recent publication is Intersecting Diaspora Boundaries: Portuguese Contexts (Peter Lang, 2016). She is a research consultant to the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS). She is executive co-editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (IJPDS) and executive co-editor of Peter Lang International Academic Publishers' book series, Interdisciplinary Studies in Diaspora.

Dr. Scott has taught at Anderson University since 2003.

Contact Dr. Scott:
dmscott@anderson.edu
B.A., University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth;
M.A., Ph.D., Brown University