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Douglas Smith, M.A.J.

Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
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Douglas Smith, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, was at Bethany College since 2005, but taught at the college as an adjunct instructor since 1978 until his death in 2014. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club.

Smith had over 35 years of experience in criminal justice. He worked in the 28th Judicial District Court, Salina, Kan., as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Director of Court Services and Trial Court Administrator I.

He was a board member of the Salina Youth Care Foundation and was twice elected president of the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers. He served on committees for the Kansas Supreme Court and assisted in developing an interdisciplinary investigation team for child abuse cases. His work on this team garnered acclaim from the National Association of District Attorneys and the Federal Department of Health and Welfare.

Smith earned his Master of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.