Peru State Faculty Have Work Published, Present at National Crime and Pop Culture Conference
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) faculty members Dr. James Nevitt, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Greg Galardi, assistant professor of criminal justice, recently had their novel, Analysis of Evil: Using a Graphic Novel to teach an Interdisciplinary Honors Course Involving Psychology and Serial Murder, published in the 2009 edition of Lambda Alpha Epsilon’s Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association.
The duo also presented their work at the national Crime and Popular Culture Conference at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. The conference focused on interdisciplinary and contemporary approaches to research and teaching activities related to criminal activity, the media and popular culture. National experts in cultural criminology, media research, gang research and narcotics research attended the conference.
Nevitt began teaching the popular Honors Program course series Analysis of Evil I and II at PSC in 2006 with assistance from Galardi. The most recent development of the two-course honors series was the incorporation of a graphic novel written by Nevitt to supplement student learning and gain a higher level of student interest in the course content. The courses are designed to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of serial murder, criminal and psychological profiling, cult-related homicide, mass suicide and ritualized violence, along with criminalistics techniques involved in crime scene investigation.
Nevitt also presented his article Student and Instructor Creative Collaboration: Using Your Own Graphic Novel to Teach an Honors Course About Serial Murder at the Crime and Popular Culture Conference. He discussed the design, construction, evolution and reflection of findings regarding instructor creation and student perception of the courses.
Galardi also presented his article, titled CSI Peru: Student Perceptions Regarding Crime Scene Investigation, at the conference. Galardi instructs a criminalistics course that focuses on the legal, scientific and practical aspect of crime scene investigations each spring semester. Galardi reported his findings regarding perceptions of assessment, course content and student career aspirations in the criminalistics field.