Theresa E. Conover, Ph.D.

Theresa Conover

Associate Professor

103H Phelps Hall, Hamilton Campus
Theresa.Conover@MiamiOH.edu
513-785-7729

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Dr. Theresa Ervin Conover joined the Miami University Regionals faculty in 2012. Her research interests include problem-solving approaches to address crime and quality of life issues, the criminology of place, and the role community engagement plays in crime prevention and public safety.  Conover’s recent research is found in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, International Journal of Police Science and Management, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and SAGE Research Method Cases. She also conducts survey research for local community organizations relating to police and community satisfaction, levels of community participation, and perceptions of safety. Professor Conover frequently uses community-based research pedagogy in her courses to allow students to engage in the community.

Dr. Conover also holds the urban planning field’s professional certification – the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners). This interdisciplinary background provides the foundation for understanding processes and structures in urban (and not so urban) neighborhoods, the importance of community participation, and equity concerns, all of which are vital in criminal justice.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses taught:

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Policing in America
  • Police Organization, Administration, and Management
  • Ohio Government and Public Policy
  • Crime Prevention and Problem Solving
  • Applied Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Capstone: Seminar in Criminal Justice
Graduate courses taught:
  • Crime and Place
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Master’s Graduate Project

Publications

Dich, L., Brown, K. M., Kuznekoff, J. H., Conover, T., Forren, J. P., & Marshall, J. (2017). Growing Lemon Trees from Lemons: Lessons Reaped from a SoTL Faculty Learning Community’s Research “Failures.” Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 17(4), 1-16. doi:https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v17i4.21377

Forren, John and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2016). Ohio Civic Health Index Report, Washington: National Conference on Citizenship.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015). Integrating community-based research into a criminal justice capstone course. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 26(4), 408-422. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2015.1049631

Conover, Theresa Ervin and Liederbach, John. (2015). Policing on Demand: An Observational Study of Mobilization and Citizen Encounters Across Communities. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 17(3) 170-181.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015). The Police Engaging the Business Community: Using Survey Research to Examine Needs. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014558052

Conover, Theresa Ervin and Heineman, H. (2014). Perceptions of Safety, Community Involvement, and Problem-solving in German Village.  Report prepared and submitted to the German Village Association, Hamilton Vision Commission, and Hamilton Police Department.

Conover, Theresa Ervin (2014). Attitudes toward the police: Preliminary results from a survey of citizen police academy participants. Prepared for the City of Milford Police Department.

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Conover, Theresa Ervin, and Frank, James. (2000). Comprehensive Approaches to Solving Quality of Life Problems I & II: An Evaluation of the Cincinnati Neighborhood Action Strategy. Office of Criminal Justice Services, State of Ohio.

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Brown, Robert, and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1999). City of Cincinnati’s Daytime Curfew Ordinance: An Evaluation of Changes in Youth-Related Incidents. Prepared for the City of Cincinnati Police Department.

Mazerolle, Lorraine and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1998). How to Develop A Neighborhood Action Strategy. Funded by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

Conference Presentations

Conover, T.E. and Jiang, Z. (2016). Abandoned buildings, demolition, and the impact on police calls for service. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Denver, CO.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2015) Community-based Research in a Criminal Justice Capstone Course. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, FL.

Jiang, Ziying and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2014). The Relationship between Demolished Buildings and Police Calls for Service. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL.

Conover, Theresa Ervin. (2014). Policing in the Suburbs: An Examination of Problems Brought to the Attention of the Police. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

Liederbach, John, Frank, James, Conover, Theresa Ervin, and Travis III, Lawrence. (2000). Policing Lilliputs: An Examination of Officer Work Routines in Rural, Small-Town, and Suburban Departments. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

Brown, Robert, Conover, Theresa Ervin, Frank, James, and Wooldredge, John. (2000). Citation Release: That Other Form of Arrest. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

Liederbach, John, Conover, Theresa Ervin, Frank, James, and Travis III, Lawrence. (2000). New Horizons in Community Policing: Rural and Suburban Cities. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, LA.

Liederbach, John, Frank, James, Travis III, Lawrence, and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1999). Policing in a community context: an observational study of rural, small town, and suburban police agencies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Toronto (ON).

Mazerolle, Lorraine and Conover, Theresa Ervin. (1998). Multi-method Exploration of Crime Hot Spots. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Professional Affliliations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA)
  • American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP)
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Ohio Consortium of Crime Science (OCCS)
  • International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)

Civic Involvement

  • Chair, City of Milford Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Co-Vice President, Clermont County League of Women Voters
  • Commissioner, Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Commissioner, Clermont County Planning Commission
  • Vice-Chair, City of Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Board of Directors, Housing and Urban Redevelopment Corporation, Cincinnati, OH.
  • President, Columbia Tusculum Community Council
  • Member, Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Eastern Corridor Task Force
  • Trustee, Columbia Tusculum Community Development Corporation