At Bellarmine, inspired teaching leads to inspired learning. You will learn in small classes from a distinguished faculty, 84 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field of study. The depth of their passion for teaching is perhaps exceeded only by the quality of the institutions from which they earned their credentials.
While the emphasis is on teaching, many Bellarmine faculty members conduct scholarly research designed to provide breakthrough knowledge in their area of expertise. Bellarmine students have done research with faculty members to study a wide range of subjects from the function of the artificial heart in outer space, to the mechanics of how limbs break, which may help in the design of air bags and other safety devices aimed at reducing injuries. Student involvement with faculty research also provides opportunities to assist with writing papers and preparing presentations for national conferences.
Curtis R. Bergstrand, Ph.D.
Dr. Bergstrand received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Denver, his M.A. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, and his Ph.D. in sociology from Southern Illinois University. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies department. He has published in several professional journals in the areas of the family, health care, deviant behavior, and social problems. He is currently working on a book on marital deviance. His areas of teaching expertise include theory, research, social problems, the family, and juvenile delinquency. He is founder of the Books Behind Bars and Thespians, Inc. prison programs which involve both inmates and college students.
Bill Curley holds a Master's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching Criminal Profiling, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Global Terrorism and a course on Careers in Law Enforcement. He has taught at Bellarmine since 2004 and previously was an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University, where he taught for five years. He is a retired Federal Agent having served for over 25 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, retiring as the Special Agent in Charge of the states of Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. He also taught and developed courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center located in Georgia. He specialized in investigating Arson For Profit cases and traveled nationwide developing Arson Task Forces throughout the country.
Richard Jenks holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia, where he specialized in social psychology. He is currently an Adjunct faculty member at Bellarmine where he teaches Introductory Sociology and Social Problems, and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Southeast, where he teaches courses related to Social Problems, Social Psychology, and Social Movements. His research interests have included issues related to social pschology, deviance, family, and religion. He has published articles in the area of political behavior, smoking behavior, attitudes towards gays, co-marital sexuality, and divorce and annulments. In 1995, he was presented with the Outstanding Research and Creativity Award at Indiana University Southeast and, in 2002, authored Divorce, Annulments, and the Catholic Church, published by the Haworth Press.
Ted Palmer holds a J.D. from the Louis D. Bradeis School of Law, University of Louisville, and is a graduate of Bellarmine University. Currently an adjunct faculty member, he teaches Famous Criminal Trials. His areas of interest include criminal law, criminal procedure and Constitutional law.
Nancy Schrepf, Psy.D. Dr. Schrepf has an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska and a Doctorate in Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville. She worked as a forensic psychologist in the Kentucky prison system for 20 years. She also maintains a private practice in individual and couples counseling. She co-authored a book, Fatherless Children, and has numerous publications in scholarly journals on the family, social problems, and deviant behavior. She regularly teaches courses in Deviant Behavior, Marriage and Family, Counseling the Offender, Abnormal Psychology, and the Sociology of Cults.
Greg Smith, M.A.
Mr. Smith graduated from Bellarmine with a degree in English and received his M.A. in Community Development from the University of Louisville. A police officer for 30 years, Mr. Smith was acting Chief of Police in Louisville for 5 years. He regularly teaches the introductory course in criminal justice for the Department.
Steve Smith - Mr. Smith received his B.A. in Sociology from Bellarmine University and his M.A. in Psychology from Spalding University. Retired from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, he worked in the prison system and served as warden of Luther Luckett Correctional Complex for several years. After leaving the state correctional system he became executive director of Dismas Charities halfway houses in Louisville. He currently is actively involved in numerous planning organizations in the local Louisville community attempting to improve resources available to inmates returning from prison. Mr. Smith teaches Corrections courses in the criminal justice studies program.
Dr. Matisa D. Wilbon
Dr. Wilbon earned her B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from Centre College and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sociology from the Ohio State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bellarmine University who teaches both introductory level courses as well as upper level courses centered on her research interests: crime and the media, juvenile delinquency, and structural inequality. In addition to teaching, Dr. Wilbon is an active researcher and is contracted with a publishing company to author supplements to sociology text books. She has published in the areas of neighborhoods and delinquent and risky behavior and has written numerous technical reports related to drug and alcohol prevention. She consults with a local research firm, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), conducting evaluation research on prevention and intervention infrastructure and drug and alcohol programming in the state of Tennessee. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Wilbon enjoys mentoring area youth with her husband of eight years, Mr. Lawrence Wilbon, who is the Youth Development Director at the Presbyterian Community Center.