Melissa Burek, Ph.D.

Position: College of Health & Human Services Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-9542


Dr. Melissa Burek started her career here at BGSU in 2003. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on offender reentry and post-incarceration challenges, institutional and community corrections, substance use and mental health disorders, and public health and social program evaluations. Dr. Burek has worked as a funded investigator on projects for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, and the Ohio Department of Health. She has published papers in The Department ChairJournal of Crime and Justice, The Prison Journal, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence, co-author of Criminal Justice: The Essentials, now in its 6th edition, and first author of Corrections: The Essentials. She serves the College of Health and Human Services as the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Research, and Engagment, a member of the Facility Governing Board at the NorthWest Community Corrections Center, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Region 3 Trustee. Dr. Burek is also Faculty Affiliate of our newly established Criminal Justice Learning Community. 

Selected Publications:

Lab, S.P., Williams, M., Holcomb, J., King, W.R, Buerger, M., & Burek, M. (2021). Criminal Justice: The Essentials (6th edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

Burek, M., Lab, S.P., & Buerger, M. (2020) Corrections: The Essentials. New York: Oxford University Press.

Knippen, K.L., LaVenia, K., Burek, M.W.(2021). Changing the Story: Action Evaluation of an Opioid Awareness Teach-In. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 33(2), 148-166.

Burek, M.W., Liederbach, J.C. (2021; first appeared electronically in 2020) Tell Us How You Really Feel: Validating an Inmate Social Climate Survey. American Journal of Criminal Justice 46, 209–231.

Miller, V., Wilfong, J., Burek, M., & Lanson, L. (2020). Identifying the Transportation Needs of a Rural Aging Community: Findings From a Community Assessment. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 702.

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