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UCM’s Department of Criminal Justice has achieved national recognition over the years with the help of faculty members such as Denny Langston. The professor emeritus retired in August 2008 after dedicating 29 years to the university and its students.
Langston, who has taught online classes for the department during his retirement, brought real-world experience into the classroom. He was a probation, parole and juvenile officer for the state of Missouri prior to joining Central Missouri’s faculty as an assistant professor of criminal justice administration. He served as an adjunct professor before becoming a full-time faculty member.
While climbing the faculty ranks to full professor, Langston taught courses related to Probation and Parole and Corrections, as well as the Introduction to Criminal Justice Research and Methods of Criminal Justice Research classes. He engaged in numerous scholarly endeavors, with main interests in corrections and civil liability.
Langston is a UCM alumnus. He earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree and an Educational Specialist degree from the university. While serving on the UCM faculty, he continued to further his education by completing his doctorate at The University of Southern Mississippi. His bachelor’s degree was earned at Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University.
In addition to teaching, Langston was involved in a number of department, college and university committees, and was a faculty advisor for the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. He also got involved with professional organizations in his field. He devoted several years to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Fifth District Probation and Parole Citizen Advisory Board, including serving as treasurer.