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Joseph Vaughn

After beginning work in law enforcement in 1971, Joe Vaughn's professional career eventually took him to UCM, where he climbed the faculty ranks to become a professor, department chair, and eventually an assistant provost and dean emeritus. When he retired in late 2013, he was serving as assistant provost for research and dean of the School of Graduate and Extended Studies.

Before joining UCM in 1987 as an assistant professor of criminal justice, Vaughn held many different types of law enforcement jobs throughout Missouri. From police cadet and dispatcher, he advanced in his profession to become a detective sergeant and investigator, chief deputy sheriff, and acting sheriff. He also served as an Immigration and Naturalization Service special agent in Jefferson City before he joined UCM. Although he came to Central Missouri to teach criminal justice courses in 1987, he also worked for the Department of Public Safety during his tenure.

A skilled classroom teacher, Vaugh's leadership abilities were noticed, and after serving as interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, he became chair in 2004. Two years later, he was named interim assistant provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, and assumed the job full time in 2008.

While at UCM, Vaughn was a prolific researcher, authored papers, presented to professional organizations and served as a panelist and moderator on many different topics related to the criminal justice profession. His work covers subjects such as electronic monitoring and home confinement programs, child abduction, racial profiling, gender and culture, search and seizure, litigation of prisoner's rights, correctional technology of the future, and much more.

Vaughn's educational background in criminal justice includes an associate degree from Longview Community College, Lee's Summit; bachelor's degree from Drury College, Springfield; master's degree and education specialist degree (public services) from UCM, and Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.