Faculty/Staff Profiles

Vanessa Woodward

Vanessa Woodward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Department Advisor

Phone: 678-839-6332 | Fax:

Email:  vwoodwar@westga.edu

Office: Pafford Social Science Building 238

Hours: Monday 11-2
Wednesday, 1-5
Friday, 12-3


Vanessa Woodward received her PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia. Her research and teaching interests include research methods, statistics, criminal justice policy, peacemaking criminology, community crime prevention, sex offender management, and drug policy.


  • B.A., Administration of Justice, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2007
  • M.A., Criminal Justice & Criminology, East Tennessee State University, 2009
  • PhD, Criminal Justice, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • CRIM-4000 (Research Methodology)    
    • CRIM-4230 (Ethics & Criminal Justice)    
    • CRIM-6275 (Planning and Evaluation)    
    • CRIM-6280 (Seminar in Social Justice)    
    • CRIM-6999 (Thesis)