About Me

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.

“Dogs”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.

Contact Details

Professor Mary Lia Reiter
Social Sciences Department
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215


Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing

The Ohio State University

Juris Doctor
Master of Arts, Criminology
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate (ABD), Criminology


Columbus State Community College

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

The Ohio State University

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Fall 2016 - Present

Capital University

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.

  • Blackboard
  • html
  • Softchalk
  • Digital Content Creation
  • PowerPoint
  • Teaching with Technology

Client Testimonials

  • 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.

  • You were my favorite professor this semester.

  • 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!!

  • 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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You can contact me at Columbus State Community College or via the form below.

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