Dr. Velmer S. Burton, Jr. received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati (1991) and Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania (2003). He also completed a certificate for new presidents in 2004 from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Since 2012, Dr. Burton has served as dean of the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi and Professor of Social Work and Legal Studies. Previously he served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and professor of Social Work. His earlier university leadership roles include serving as a department head, graduate dean, and small campus chancellor.
As a teacher-scholar, Dr. Burton has taught courses in the areas of crime and justice, criminology, and research methods. In addition, his scholarship involves testing theories of crime, ex-offender reentry/community corrections, and assessing the collateral consequences/legal restrictions placed on the rights of former offenders. Dr. Burton’s findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Forensic Social Work.