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 law and society, sociology of law, forensic criminology, and deviant subcultures. 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've lived in 10 different states and 3 different countries. 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 enjoy photography and data visualization as a hobby, and I am a big fan of old goth bands like Fields of the Nephilim 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 and The Expanse, and my favorite movie is The Red Violin.

“Dogs”I have wonderful and talented daughter, Claire Gray, who recently graduated from CCAD with a degree in advertising and graphic design. I also have a goldendoodle puppy named Kkami. She loves chewing on things and eating all the foods.

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.
     Thesis: "Determinants of Crime Completion and Level of Injury for Victims of Violent Crime"
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 over 25 years of experience teaching and 20 years of experience creating and developing online course materials and curriculum.  I worked as the technology lead instructor for the social sciences department for 15 years.

  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Digital Content Creation
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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!!

    SOC 2210 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
  • Out of all my professors, you were definitely my favorite. You were so understanding, fun and made learning exciting. You actually cared for us students, which made it a bettr environment.

    OSU Student
  • Your class was a wonderful introduction to sociology and inspired me to add a Legal Foundations minor to my degree.

    SOC 2309 Student
  • I hope your winter break is going well. I'm reaching out to thank you for an absolutely incredible semester in 4509. The class made me think about law and society in completely new ways and shifted the course of my life. I so appreciate how intellectually stimulating it was and your deeply engaging lectures. Thank you so much for meeting with me at the beginning of the semester; I am slowly working my way through the materials you recommended.

    I hope I'll be able to take another one of your classes next year- you are the best professor I've had at OSU! In summary, thanks for all you do and all you taught me.

    OSU Student

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