Melissa Burek, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-9542


Dr. Melissa Burek earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to BGSU, she was the chair and graduate coordinator of the criminal justice department at Saint Ambrose University, in Iowa. She teaches Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions and Seminar in Contemporary Corrections at the graduate level. Dr. Burek’s research focuses on offender reentry and post-incarceration challenges, institutional and community corrections, substance abuse, community engagement research, and the impact of social policies on crime and the criminal justice system. She has published papers in The Department ChairJournal of Crime and Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence,  and co-author of Criminal Justice: The Essentials, now in its 4th edition. She is the chair of the Facility Governing Board at the NorthWest Community Corrections Center, a member of the Steering Committee for Project Connect Wood County, and chair of the Data and Integration Committee of the Wood County Reentry Coalition.