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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7580

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Law & Justice Facu​lty


Saul Chacón: Senior Lecturer

A.A., Yakima Valley Community College; B.A. Law and Justice, Central Washington University; Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Professor Chacon is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Gonzaga University in Leadership studies. He has been published at the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. 

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3230 | Location: Farrell 325

Scott Willis: Senior Lecturer

Bachelor of Arts degree, Central Washington University with emphasis in Law and Justice; Master of Science degree in Organizational Development. Professor Willis served on the adjunct lecturer in the Law and Justice department at Central Washington University. 


Teresa Francis Divine: Professor 

B.A., Political Science, University of New Mexico; J.D., Mississippi College School of Law; L.L.M., Criminal Law, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Professor Francis is a lawyer, specializing in criminal and civil law and procedure, family law, and correctional law. 

2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, CWU COTS

2022 Distinguished Professor and Provost Fellow

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3242 | Francis: Vitae | Location: Farrell 343


Robert C. Moore: Senior Lecturer

B.A., Sociology, Central Washington University; M.A., Sociology, New Mexico State University. Professor Moore has worked many years for the Washington Department of Corrections as a prison superintendent, Assistant Director, and Regional Administrator, and for the King County Department of Youth Services as the Probation Manager. His focus is in criminology and corrections.

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3875 | Moore: Vitae

Rodrigo Murataya: Professor 

A.A., Yakima Valley College; B.A., Law and Justice, Psychology Minor, Central Washington University; Master of Public Administration, International/Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, University of Washington; Ph.D., Gonzaga University, Interdisciplinary Leadership. Professor Murataya has served as a police officer and specializes in criminal law, law enforcement and comparative criminal justice with a particular focus on Mexico.

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3667 | Murataya: Vitae | Location: Farrell 327

Krystal E. Noga-Styron: Professor 

B.A., Political Science & Spanish, University of Illinois; M.A., Journalism & Communication Law, University of Oregon; J.D.,PhD, University of Oregon. Professor Noga-Styron is a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and is currently appointed as Judge Pro Tempore in Lewis County, WA. Her research and teaching interests include Legal Research and Writing, Report Writing, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Ethics, Criminal Justice and the Media, Intellectual Property Law, Election Law, and Comparative Law.

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3889  | Noga-Styron: Vitae 


Roger Schaefer: Associate Professor  (Graduate Program Director)

B.A., Criminology, University of Northern Iowa, M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana State University, Ph.D. Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University. Before joining the faculty as CWU, professor Schaefer taught courses in institutional correction, research methods and justice in a multicultural society at Washington State University. Following the completion of his Ph.D. professor Schaefer was named associate editor for the journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology. Professor Schaefer’s research interests include sex offender community supervision, correctional dynamics and discourse, and correctional program evaluation. Dr. Schaefer’s dissertation examined the continuum of care with sex offenders on community supervision in Washington State.

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3529 | Schaefer: Vitae | Location: Farrell 339

R. Shaffer Claridge: Senior Lecturer

B.A. Political Science, University of Oregon; J.D. University of Oregon. Professor Claridge joined the CWU faculty after working as a senior attorney for the Florida Department of Health. He teaches a variety of courses on the law and legal processes, including legal research, legal writing, introduction to civil practice, introduction to law and justice, and great American trials. Professor Claridge's research focuses on the intersection of legal theory and procedure, and the practical realities of the legal process gleaned from social science observation and deductive research. Professor Claridge advises and coaches the CWU Mock Trial team.

2021 Distiguished Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award

Email: | Phone: 509-963-2558 | Location: 323

Cody Stoddard: Associate Professor (Department Chair)

B.A., Criminal Justice Administration, Boise State University; B.S., Political Science, Boise State University; M.A., Criminal Justice Administration, Boise State University; Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati. Professor Stoddard has taught policing and courts in the criminal justice system at Boise State University and court related courses at the University of Cincinnati. His dissertation focused on utilizing an ecological and organizational perspective in order to improve models explaining police decision making. His publications have appeared in Criminal Justice Journals.

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3252 | Stoddard: Vitae | Location: Farrell 337

Sara Toto: Assistant Professor

B.A., Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, M.A., Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Professor Toto has taught courses in criminal justice, policing, corrections, juvenile delinquency, and statistics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Professor Toto’s research interests include corrections, victimization, and quantitative methods. Dr. Toto’s dissertation examined the prevalence and predictors of sexual violence among incarcerated men and women in a Midwestern state.

Email:  |Phone: 509-963-3262 | Toto: Vitae | Location: Farrell 326

Todd Brian Mildon: Lecturer

B.A., English Literature, University of Washington; J.D., Cornell Law School. Professor Mildon is the board president of Central Washington Justice for Our Neighbors, a free, nonprofit immigration legal clinic serving low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 

Email: |  Phone: 509-963-3122 | Mildon:Vitae  | Location: Farrell 340 | Student Paralegal Association Advisor


Charles E. Reasons: Professor Emeritus 

Biography | Email: | Vitae




Secretary Supervisor

Email: | Phone: 509-963-3219

Field Experience Coordinator

Email: | Phone: 509-963-1364



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