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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Burle Steelman was born and raised in Oklahoma. Steelman is married and the father of three sons. He has one grandson and three granddaughters.  

Steelman began his career in the criminal justice field at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau, where he worked for approximately 12 years. After retiring from the Juvenile Bureau, he became a US Probation Officer in the Western District of Oklahoma. Steelman retired from the Probation Office as a supervisor in 2011. Steelman began teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma in the spring of 2013, and has remained at the university since that time.

Education and Certifications

Steelman earned his B.S. in Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, his M.A. in Criminal Justice Management and Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Sociology (Criminology/International and Macro-comparative Sociology) from the University of Oklahoma in 2016.

Classes Taught

  • CJ 4033/5033 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 4043/5243 Intro to CJ Statistics
  • CJ 5013 Juvenile Justice Systems Mgt. and Adm.
  • CJ 5233 Writing and Evaluating Research
  • CJ 5333 Comparative CJ Systems

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