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Nadine Connell

Nadine Connell

University of Texas at Dallas

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Nadine's work combines: Law, Government, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Associate Professor of Criminology

I conduct research on school and youth violence. I also teach classes to college students on criminology.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Bishop Feehan High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

    Northeastern University

  • Graduate Degree

    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

    Northeastern University

  • Doctorate


    University of Maryland at College Park

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary:

Bachelor's Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Graduate Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Doctorate: Criminology

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    My HS studying paid off when I got a full scholarship to college!

  • 2.

    In college I had serious depression and had to be hospitalized - it meant I had to take time off.

  • 3.

    I started graduate school with no idea what to do and got so nervous that I didn't finish my thesis on time. It took an extra month. That was really scary because I didn't know if I would finish.

  • 4.

    In my doctoral program, I failed the first comprehensive exam I took. Thankfully, you were allowed to try one extra time!

  • 5.

    I graduated after 5 years with my PhD and had two job offers to choose from!

  • 6.

    I didn't like my first job - the people were great but I wasn't spending my time the way that I enjoyed. So I left.

  • 7.

    I got offered my dream job but it meant I had to move to TX - 3500 miles from friends in family. But I said yes and I'm still happy I made that decision!

  • 8.

    I got tenure at my university, which means that they think my work is good enough that I can keep my job for life if I want to. That's pretty cool.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    When I started my doctorate program, one professor in my master's program wrote me a very mean email telling me that I wasn't good enough to succeed and he regretted giving me a recommendation because it took me an extra month to graduate.

  • How I responded:

    At the time, I was really upset and afraid that I was setting myself up for failure. But then I remembered that I was the one who did all the work to get the good grades that got me accepted into the program. I was really afraid when I started my doctorate program but I reached out and made friends, created a study group, and got to know all the professors. It made a huge difference! And now, that person is my colleague (life is weird) and often asks for advice. Success is the best revenge!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I am hearing impaired. For a long time, it made me afraid to ask questions if I didn't hear something that the professor said. But I learned that telling them in the beginning made me more comfortable when I asked them to repeat something.

  • When I needed help, there wasn't anyone to ask (the internet didn't exist) because no one had done it before. I learned to have initiative to reach out to people to ask for help from everyone I could - counselors, advisers, teachers, and professors.