1. Who are you?
My name is Sandra Wilson. I am the Criminal Justice Academic Program Manager at Post University.
2. What are some personal and professional achievements?
I have been married to a Post Alumni and former student-athlete (Bryan Wilson, 1989) for over 15 years, raising two boys (Bryan, Jr., and Jordan). I am a leader at my local church, where I mentor young women and men between the ages of 18-30. I earned my B.A. in Political Science at Albertus Magnus College, my M.Ed. from the University of Bridgeport, and Juris Doctorate at New England School of Law. I have worked in public and private sector jobs in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including at the Suffolk House of Corrections in Boston, MA in General Counsel and Inmate Legal Services, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), writing, publishing, and hearing decisions for lead Hearing Officers and local, private legal firms. I’ve also served as an educational consultant.
3. Why did you get into education?
Ever since I could remember, my parents taught me the importance of having a good education, something no one could ever take from you. I have always been told that I had “the gift” to teach, so I embraced that gift and coupled it with my legal education.
4. What type of students will succeed in your program?
Students who are ambitious, accept a challenge and desire to work in public service for the benefit of others.
5. When do you begin noticing that your students have that ‘aha’ moment?
Around the end of sophomore year when students are contemplating an internship or some experiential learning is when I have seen the “aha” moment most often. Although internships are not required but are strongly encouraged, students tend to have that “aha” moment when they work in the field to learn what they like and what they don’t like about the field of criminal justice. It is then that they start to set goals towards a career in criminal justice and envision themselves applying what they have learned in college towards a profession in criminal justice.
6. Where do you see the field in which you teach going in the next 5 years?
I see the field focusing more on re-entry of inmates into the workforce, with even more monetary support for businesses who seek to create employment opportunities or life skill development for the formerly incarcerated, since statistically it’s been proven that employment and life skill development decreases recidivism.
I also see more opportunities in digital and psychological forensics, including digital investigations and surveillance for individuals who are skilled in that area.
Lastly, I see more effort in education for both law enforcement and the communities they serve, in regards to race, ethnic sensitivity, and bridging the gap between law enforcement and urban communities as a whole.
Sandra Wilson is a Criminal Justice Program Manager at Post University. Prior to working at Post University, she was an adjunct professor in Law, Business, and Justice at Gateway Community College. While there, she served as a Fellow under the Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education.