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University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

Alina Mizell is a full-time lecturer with the School of Criminal Justice. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science and a Master's of Arts in Crime and Intelligence Analysis, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Fire and Emergency Management Program at the Oklahoma State University. 

Classes Taught

The courses I teach are "Careers and Technologies in Criminal Justice," "Victimology," "Delinquent Child Law," "Elements of Criminal Offenses," and "Human Trafficking."


After graduating with my Master's degree, I worked for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics DDC in the Diversion Unit as the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Educator. While here, I had the opportunity of interacting with various levels of law enforcement agencies, as well as other entities such as doctors, veterinarians, and university students. After receiving my certification in Basic Instructor Training, I conducted presentations all over the State of Oklahoma on the PMP. This experience helped me gain indispensable knowledge, experience, communication and people skills in the field of criminal justice and beyond. After that, I started here at UCO in 2015 and have been teaching since.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

In my opinion, research is one of the most valuable skills a person can possess. Therefore, I have been involved in a few research projects regarding mental health and law enforcement interaction, and prosecutors and human trafficking cases, to name a couple. Currently, I am part of a team that was awarded a national grant on high-school students' preparedness for emergency situations. Furthermore, my tentative dissertation topic involves a real-life emergency preparedness plan for the State of Oklahoma, and I look forward to seeing what the research will unveil.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe in a teaching style that embraces the element of mentorship. I want my students to, not only gain knowledge on the subject of interest, but, also, be provided with the necessary guidance and skills beyond the classroom experience that will help them be successful in their future careers and life through the applicability of that knowledge. I like to encourage students to give their best effort in order to succeed even though that means going out of their comfort zones at times. We never know how good we can be until we try it. Academia without mentorship is a journey in the dark, and I do not want my students to leave this place without valuable and worthy experiences. One of my favorite quotes is "The best teachers show you where to look but do not tell you what to see" (A. Trenfor).

From a student perspective, the following are some comments I received throughout my years of teaching:

“The speakers gave me real world knowledge of each career field”; “It was an engaging class and the panel interview was genius”; “I appreciate all the opportunities that are offered in this course. We gain real life tools that we can use after we graduate. She has all her students’ best interest. She teaches this class with excellence and professionalism”; “I loved the hands-on experience. Though it was challenging it was fun”; “Professor (former) Istrate is a great professor and mentor; she honestly cares about the wellbeing of her students”

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