Boone, North Carolina
Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Appalachian State University, Criminal Justice and Criminology (BS)
Graduate Institution and Major:
Appalachian State University, Criminal Justice and Criminology (MS)
I study leadership and management in public organizations. I examine how leaders in law enforcement organizations develop norms and culture that improve workgroup dynamics, and ultimately guide police-civilian interactions. Additionally, I study how identity and inclusion influence conflict and performance in workgroups.
Co-Primary Investigator – Fisher Leadership Research Grant, 2018. Cultivating Procedural Fairness within Police Organizations: The Importance of Ethical Leadership.
Instructor of Record – Writing and Communications in Public Affairs
Teaching Assistant – Public Affairs Decision Making, Managing HR in Public Organizations, Public Management, Master’s Capstone: Research Paper, Public Affairs Program Evaluation
How Inclusive Leadership Shapes the Connection between Group Conflict and Group Citizenship Behavior: Evidence from Law Enforcement Workgroups:
Public Management Research Conference (2019)
Cultivating Procedural Fairness within Police Organizations: The Importance of Ethical Leadership:
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting (2019)
Social Identity and Prosecutorial Discretion: An Empirical Assessment with Individual Level Administrative Data:
Public Management Research Conference (June 2017)
Representative Bureaucracy and Prosecutorial Discretion:
Midwest Public Affairs Conference (June 2016).
Student Drinking: Misperceptions and Risk of Victimization:
Poster presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting (March 2015).
Challenging and Improving Situations for the Low-Wage Worker:
Through the Lens of Social Justice: North Carolina Criminal Justice Association (NCCJA) (February 2014)
Baker, W. M., Holcomb, J. E., & Baker, D. B. (2017). An Assessment of the Relative Importance of Criminal Justice Learning Objectives. Journal of Criminal Justice Education
, 28(1), 129-148.
Professional Service Activities:
Honors & Awards:
- Glenn College Colloquium Series Director (2018-2019)
- President (2017 – 2018), Glenn College Doctoral Student Organization
- Treasurer (2016 – 2017), Glenn College Colloquium Series
- Doctoral Student Representative (2015 - 2017), Glenn College Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Academy of Management Conference, Public and Nonprofit Division: Best Reviewer Award (2018)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. (Spring 2017)
Participant, Teaching Assistant Discussion Circle, UCAT, The Ohio State University. (Spring 2016)
Recipient of Richter Moore Fellowship Stipend, Appalachian State University. (Spring 2015)
James B. Merritt Student Excellence Award for Contributions to the Profession of Criminal Justice in North Carolina. Awarded by North Carolina Criminal Justice Association (NCCJA). (Spring 2014)
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
International Public Management Journal
Relevant Professional Experience:
May 2016 – August 2016
Temporary Research Position; Union County, Ohio – Officer of the Commissioner
January 2012 – May 2012
North Carolina Department of Public Safety: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Probation Office Criminal Justice Internship