Richard Helfers

Richard Helfers

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Phone: 903-566-7399

Social Sciences

Richard Helfers

Richard Helfers

Title: Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Department: Social Sciences
Building: CAS 136
Phone: 903.566.7399


B.S. (1987), Criminology, Magna Cum Laude, Indiana State University

M.P.A. (2005), Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Dallas

Ph.D. (2012), Criminology, University of Texas at Dallas


Dr. Helfers began working at the University of Texas at Tyler in the Fall of 2013 after a twenty-five year career in municipal policing in Texas. His research interests focus on criminal justice education, police officer decision making, and organizational justice within police agencies. His research has been published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law Bulletin, Criminal Justice Review, International Journal of Police Science and Management, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, and Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.

Dr. Helfers teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus upon Administration, Ethics, and the Police. He is also the program coordinator for the Criminal Justice and Public Administration Masters degree programs. Additionally, he is the faculty sponsor for the criminal justice student association, and serves on graduate level master thesis committees.

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