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Dr. Michelle Beshears

Full-Time Associate Professor, Security and Global Studies


Ph.D. in Business Administration - Criminal Justice
Northcentral University
M.S. in Criminology
Indiana State University
M.S. in Human Resource Development
Indiana State University
B.S. in Social Psychology & Criminal Justice Administration
Park University

Research Interests

Dr. Michelle L. Beshears earned her baccalaureate degrees in social psychology and criminal justice and graduate degrees in human resource development and criminology from Indiana State University. She most recently completed Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice. Michelle served in the U.S. Army for 11 years. She obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant prior to attending Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia where she earned her commission. As a commissioned officer she led numerous criminal investigations and worked with several external agencies as well. As a civilian, she has worked with the local sheriff’s department, state drug task force and FBI. Michelle is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at American Military University and is full-time faculty in the School of Security and Global Studies. Dr. Michelle Beshears is a faculty advisor for university’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Peer-Reviewed Publications Include: Beshears, M., Beshears, M. L., Weiss, D. M. (2017). Sex offender community notification law reform: A call for more active, consistent, and detailed information about high-risk offenders. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 5(5), 71-78. Beshears, M. (2016). Neighbors of registered sex offenders: A qualitative analysis of their lived experiences. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 48, 40-49. Beshears, M. (2015). Evaluating Lived Experiences of Those Living Next to or Near Sex Offenders (pp. 116). ProQuest Dissertation Publishing. Presentations: Beshears, M., Weiss, D. M. (Author & Presenter), ACJS 54th Annual Meeting, "Sex Offender Community Notification Law Reform: A Call for More Active, Consistent, and Detailed Information About High-Risk Offenders," Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. (March 23, 2017). Beshears, M., Sloan C Discussion, "Briefing of: 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium," APUS, Adobe Connect - Phone and Online. (May 7, 2014).