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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950


Dr. Scott Chenault



Department Chair and Assistant Professor


PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska Omaha

MS in Criminal Justice, Central Missouri State University

BS in Criminal Justice, Central Missouri State University

Research Interests:

Correctional Staff

Inmate Programming

Criminal Justice/Media interactions

Criminal Justice Education

Courses Regularly Taught:

CJ 3006: Corrections

CJ 3104: Institutional Operations 

CJ 4000: Criminal Justice and the Media

Selected Publications:

Trammell, R. & Chenault, S. (2009). “We have to take these guys out”: Motivations for assaulting incarcerated child molesters. Symbolic Interaction, 32 (4), 334-350.

Hoffman, D., Chenault, S., Conn, M., Dong, J., Koski, C., Liu, Y., Morris, W., Peterson, S., Thompson, L., & Westfall, E. (2007). Sink or swim: A model for immersing criminal justice doctoral students in the craft of teaching. The Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 18 (3), 479-491.

Professional Associations and Organizations:

American Society of Criminology

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Missouri Correctional Association

American Correctional Association