Dr. Danielle McDonald is the assistant chair and an associate professor of criminal justice in the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, & Organizational Leadership. She is currently serving as the program coordinator for Criminal Justice.
Dr. McDonald began teaching at NKU, in 2008, after teaching for two years at Plymouth State University, in New Hampshire. She has taught a variety of classes, while at NKU including: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Race, Gender & Crime, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Alternatives to Incarceration, Sex, Drugs, & Crime as well as Corporate Crime. Dr. McDonald utilizes service learning and student philanthropy pedagogy to encourage students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with what they are observing and/or experiencing in the community. These community partnerships have led to students working directly with nonprofits to address the needs discussed in class. Over the years, students have given thousands of hours of their own time as well as their talent and treasure to address the needs they witnessed firsthand in their community.
Dr. McDonald earned her Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. from Virginia Tech in sociology with an emphasis in criminology, and B.A. degrees in sociology and psychology from West Virginia University. Dr. McDonald has experience evaluating substance abuse programming in the correctional system as well as community-based programs for prevention and post release from the criminal justice system. Her research interests include the areas of community corrections and reentry, female inmates, juveniles, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, as well as service learning and student philanthropy.