Lori Beth Way
Department: Political Science Department
Lori Beth Way joined the faculty of California State University, Chico in 1999. She is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Way earned her PhD in Political Science and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Syracuse University. Her research areas are primarily policing, the courts, and how race, class, and gender influence the administration of justice.
Dr. Way led the Collaborative Response to Violence Project (CRVP) as Director from 2008 to 2011. This collaboration includes Chico State and Butte College offices, five area law enforcement agencies, and three area non-profits. The work of this project was supported by the U.S. Department of Justice for more than $471,000. Professor Way also received a Lantis Professorship in 2009 for an additional $40,000 to support her leadership on this effort.
Professor Way has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the new General Education Program at Chico State. In November 2008 a General Education Design Team of nine members were charged by the Provost’s office to re-envision General Education. The result of the team’s broad collaboration was a new curriculum lead by student learning outcomes and organized around Pathway topics. Academic Senate passed the policy that constructed the new program in March 2010. Soon after, Dr. Way was asked to Co-Chair the General Education Implementation Team with Undergraduate Education Dean Bill Loker. The Implementation Team finished its work in December 2011. The new General Education Program will be taught starting in August 2012.
Professor Way and colleague Dr. Matthew Thomas were instrumental in creating the new Criminal Justice degree in 2002. Dr. Way serves as the advisor to over 200 Criminal Justice majors. She also coordinated the Criminal Justice program from 2002 to May 2010, which included facilitating cooperation among the many departments that contribute to the major’s curriculum, overseeing transfer agreements with community colleges, leading the program’s assessment and program review efforts, and fostering community and alumni relationships with the program. She is also an instructor of Cultural Diversity at Butte College’s police academy and California’s Fish and Game academy.
Dr. Way is co-author of Realities and Challenges: Introduction to Criminal Justice, which is published by McGraw Hill and in its 2nd edition. Included in her published work are several publications on the historical changes in and significance of Supreme Court concurrences. Professor Way also recently co-authored an article on the degree to which Criminal Justice programs include race and gender courses. Her manuscript Hunting for Dirtbags: Proactive Policing, Minorities, and the Poor is also forthcoming from Northeastern University Press.