Dr. Amber Mahan

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Amber Mahan

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Professional Studies
TJM 317

amahan@peru.edu
402-872-2426

Spring 2019 Course Offerings
CJUS 110 000A Survey of Criminal Justice (campus-semester)
CJUS 230 000A Policing (campus-semester)
CJUS 330 049A Research Methods (online-semester)
CJUS 450 000A Criminalistics (campus-semester)
CJUS 495 000A Seminar in Criminal Justice (campus-semester)

Bio
Dr. Amber Mahan is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Professional Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice with distinction from Capella University in 2014. She earned a Master in Forensic Science degree with specialization in Investigations from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with concentration in Criminology from Morehead State University in 2005.

Dr. Mahan’s career path centered on working in the forensics realm as an evidence technician for the Plattsmouth Police Department (PPD) and Cass County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). From 2007 to 2016, she performed criminal investigations and crime scene functions alongside both officers and detectives. Her specializations surround evidence collection and preservation, crime scene photography, diagramming, and presumptive analysis. Dr. Mahan fulfilled the role as a background investigator for both civilian/sworn personnel and grant writer. This experience allows her to guide students in preparation for career interviews, resume building, and proper communication when entering the field of criminal justice. She has taught numerous trainings to different law enforcement agencies on forensics and proper field techniques as well as having notable trial testimony.

Prior to moving into law enforcement, Dr. Mahan worked for the State of Nebraska Health and Human Services performing child abuse and neglect investigations and prior at Uta Halee Girls Village as a youth care specialist. While working in law enforcement, Dr. Mahan was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln teaching Introduction to Forensics in a course room setting and taught Crime Scene Photography online. She also was an Adjunct Professor for Nebraska Wesleyan University for three years teaching a nine-month long practicum to graduate students in Crime Scene Investigations.

Dr. Mahan continues to volunteer her time as the Vice President for a non-profit organization, Lift Up Sarpy County, Inc., a member of FOP Auxiliary, an annual participant in the Holiday Assistance Program.  If she has any spare time, you can find her at gymnastics, a soccer field, or near a wrestling mat as her five-year-old son keeps her busy.  Dr. Mahan is a transplant from Kentucky and currently resides in Papillion, Nebraska with her husband (Andy) and son (Reese Jagger).

Publication
Gudgell, A. N. (2014). Examining the difference between law enforcement wellness programs and operational stress (Doctoral dissertation). (Accession Order No. 3619230)

Mahan, A. N. (2017).  Examining the difference between law enforcement wellness programs and operational stress. Lambda Alpha Epsilon-American Criminal Justice Association Journal (1094-8481)