I am a Professor of Sociology/Criminology in the Social Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College. I teach courses in criminology, sociology, and law. I specialize in forensic criminology and profiling, communities and crime, deviant online subcultures, and social norms in virtual communities. I have experience and expertise in using social media in the classroom, teaching with technology, teaching in virtual worlds, and online/distance learning course development and evaluation.
I enjoy photography and graphic design as a hobby. When I was a graduate student, I was a member of the Ohio State Synchronized Skating Team and participated in the first ever collegiate level synchronized skating competition held in the United States. I also enjoy listening to music, especially goth bands like Fields of the Nephilim, Marilyn Manson, and the Sisters of Mercy. I particularly like classical period music and play the flute, clarinet, and saxophone. My favorite TV shows are science fiction shows like Doctor Who, Dark Matter and The Expanse, and my favorite movie is The Red Violin.
I have wonderful 20 year old daughter and three little dogs. We have a lot of fun together. My daughter is an artist, and is a huge fan of pizza, chocolate, pop punk bands, and Doctor Who, and my dogs love bacon and belly scratches.
Professor Mary Lia Reiter
Social Sciences Department
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
Master of Arts, Criminology
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate (ABD), Criminology
Professor, Social Sciences Department, Fall 2013 - Present
Associate Professor, Social Sciences Department, Fall 2009 – Summer 2013
Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Fall 2005 – Summer 2009
Instructor, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Fall 2001 - Summer 2005
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Fall 2016 - Present
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences Department, Fall 2000 - Spring 2001
Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral Sciences Department, Fall 1999 - Spring 2000
I have 25 years of experience teaching and 18 years of experience creating and developing online course materials and curriculum. I worked as the technology lead instructor for the social sciences department for 11 years.
I also teach Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Delinquency, The Legal Environment of Business, Probate Law, and Making the Dead Speak - a short course in forensic anthropology (Lecture = “The Law and Human Remains”). I have also taught courses in police and policing, corrections, and social research methods.
This course introduces the basic concepts, methods and findings of sociology as a scientific discipline. The sociological perspective, emphasizing social interaction and structure, is used to explore the following topics: culture; socialization; social groups, including organizations; deviance; various types of social inequality; major social institutions; collective behavior, social movement and social change.Soc 1101 at CSCC
This course explores the major sociological perspectives and theories of deviance. This introductory course includes the study of the definition, identification, treatment and management of types of deviance, such as crime, mental illness, alcoholism and other pathologies.Soc 2210 at CSCC
This course examines the interrelationships between law and other social structures and processes. The structure of law, the origin of laws, the organization and function of the legal system, the impact of the law, and the relationship between law and social change will be examined.Soc 2309 at CSCC
This course is an introduction to the sociological study of criminology and examines fundamental issues of the discipline such as the nature and social distribution of crime, criminal law, and theories of crime. The course’s primary focus is on understanding theories surrounding the causes and correlates of criminal behavior and developing a critical perspective from which social policies on crime can better be understood.Soc 2410 at CSCC
This course is a special topics course on forms of multiple homicide, including serial, mass, and spree murder. It is intended for sociology students wishing to take further courses in criminology. The course will examine the phenomenon of various forms of multicide in society from a scientific perspective. Recent high profile forms of multicide have captured the attention of criminologists, psychologists, law enforcement personnel, the media, and the public. We will examine the research on causes of multiple homicide as well as the social, psychological, and biological correlates of both offending and victimization. We will review typologies of multiple homicide offenders and analyze prediction schemes and criminal profiling methodologies.Soc 1194 at CSCC
This course is an introduction to the criminal justice system as a social institution in society. Topics covered include an overview of the historical development and functions of the criminal justice system in the United States, theories of justice and punishment, the emergence and development of the modern police and court systems, and the structure and function of the correctional system. The social roles of personnel in the criminal justice system, including police, lawyers, judges, correctional officers, and parole officers, will also be examined.Soc 2209 at CSCC
This course will examine the phenomenon of serial murder in society from a scientific perspective. As a rare but high profile crime, serial murder has captured the attention of criminologists, psychologists, law enforcement personnel, and the public. We will examine the myths and truths of serial murder as well as the social, psychological, and biological explanations for both offending and victimization. We will review typologies of serial killers and analyze criminal profiling methodologies.Soc 1194 at CSCC
The course will examine the science of criminal profiling and its use in the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the various types of criminal profiling, including psychological profiling, forensic profiling, and geographic profiling. This course will focus on violent crimes such as serial murder, serial rape, stalking, and serial robbery. Various facets of the profiling process will be examined, including the psychology of the offender, deception detection, crime scene analysis, and the interpretation of evidence.Soc 1194 at CSCC
I did want to take a moment to thank you for a great semester. I loved your teaching style and learnt much more than I thought I would. I have been on a long break from school and took a leap of faith to start the process of finishing my degree.Thank you so much for helping reignite my passion for the world of academia.Student
You were my favorite professor this semester.Student
I just wanted to say that I am really enjoying your sociology of deviance course. I have taken several web courses, and none of them have really ever held my attention. I especially love the topics of the discussion board; in all of the other web courses I have taken the topics were so boring and just needed to be done to get the grade. Your topics are actually meaningful and get conversation going about real life problems. I just wanted to thank you for keeping my attention for the quarter and offering a great class!!Student
Professor Reiter is an enthusiastic and engaged instructor. Her genuine concern for student success comes forth in both her classroom, as well as her interaction with students. Mary’s special topics courses are always full and students are repeatedly asking for more. She brings the best of new research with, quantitative models, theory and historical example to share with her classroom. She is an extremely active faculty member and serves on many department and college wide committees. Everyone that works with Mary knows she is brilliant in both her subject matter and technological expertise. She is always fair-minded and professional in her approach to others and overall a fantastic colleague to work with.Professor Tracy Little
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