Dr. Conis brings 27 years of experience working in law enforcement to the classroom. The former Ames Police Department Corporal, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) instructor, and Program Director for the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women program at ILEA teaches DMACC students how to understand crime and other forms of human social interaction.
"I am able to do more than just cover the material in our textbooks," said Conis. "In my Introduction to Criminal Justice course, I am able to teach students about ‘real world’ crime, sharing my experiences with managing crime, working with violent offenders, and a variety of social issues."
Dr. Conis is a DMACC graduate; in 1979 he earned an AA in Criminal Justice.
"It was a great experience. All of my instructors had worked in either law enforcement or corrections," said Dr. Conis. "DMACC is a teaching college and student achievement is the top priority."
Conis has co-authored two textbooks, both in their third editions, one on violent offenders and the other about the American corrections system.
"My students are often surprised to learn that their professor co-authored their textbooks," said Dr. Conis.
"They seem to think only university professors publish textbooks, but there are several DMACC instructors who are experts in their field and share that knowledge through publications."
Dr. Conis earned a BS in Sociology from Iowa State University, an MS in Industrial Relations and Sociology from Iowa State University, and a PhD in Sociology from Iowa State University.
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