Aurora University


Stacie Haen-Darden, PhD
Stacie Haen-Darden, PhD

Lecturer of Criminal Justice Office Phone: 630-844-4943
Email: Areas of expertise: Juvenile delinquency, educational access in juvenile correctional facilities, student development theories and practices Education:

PhD, Leadership: Specialization in Criminal Justice, University of the Cumberlands
MS, Criminal Justice, Kaplan University/Purdue Global
MS, College Student Personnel, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
BA, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Favorite thing about AU: "Working with a supportive faculty team who are committed to student learning, development, and career readiness."

Brandon R. Kooi
Brandon R. Kooi, PhD

Professor of Criminal Justice Office Phone: 630-844-4236
Email: Areas of expertise: Police leadership, community justice, crime mapping, environmental criminology Education: PhD, Criminology, Michigan State University
MS, Criminal Justice, Illinois State University
BS, Criminal Justice, Illinois State University Favorite thing about AU: "The university continues to grow and improve year after year, even during periods of state financial crisis." View LinkedIn Profile

Stephanie A. Whitus, PhD
Stephanie A. Whitus, PhD

Professor of Criminal Justice Office Phone: 630-844-7532
Email: Areas of expertise: Death-sentenced and life-sentenced populations, special needs offenders and correctional populations, child maltreatment sequelae, technology-enhanced criminal justice education, technology-enhanced training and education for correctional personnel Education: PhD, Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
MPA, University of Texas
BS, Criminal Justice, University of Texas Favorite thing about AU: "Working with colleagues who have a shared focus—helping students discover and develop their professional and personal passions."

Dave Young, MA
Dave Young, MA

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Chair of Criminal Justice Department Office Phone: 630-844-4930
Email: Areas of expertise: Over 30 years of local and federal law enforcement experience, including 8 years as a police officer and 22 years as an FBI Agent. This also includes 15 years working with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit as the primary coordinator in Chicago on cold case homicides and serial offenders. It further involved being the Threat Management Coordinator for the FBI Chicago Field Office, investigating and presenting on pre-attack behaviors that may be indicative of violent intent. It also includes 17 years of FBI SWAT experience. Education: MA, Forensic Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
BA, Criminal Justice, University of Illinois Chicago
Favorite thing about AU: "Collaborating with passionate faculty members at a meticulously maintained campus where we encourage students to set and achieve their goals through rigorous course content and experiential learning."