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Virginia McGovern
Virginia McGovern Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor
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Ph.D., and M.A. Bowling Green State University
B.A., Luther College


Summer Research Grant (2009)-$1,200 TRAC grant for "Senior Athletes and Identity"

Callings Grant (Fall 2007)-$750 Incorporating Spirituality in Criminal Justice Courses.

Summer Research Grant (2006)-$2000 TRAC grant for "Trash Talk-Criminal Behavior among the Elderly"


National Champion Senior Games (2011)-Gold Medal, Racquetball, Houston, Texas

Awarded Auxiliary Police Officer Position (January 2008)-Gettysburg Police Department

Non-service Fellowship (Summer 2004) -Bowling Green State University

Research Presenter-paper unanimously chosen by faculty to be presented during Campus Visit

Seminar at BGSU (Spring 2002)


Dr. McGovern came to the Mount from BGSU in Ohio in August 2005. She earned tenure in 2011 and has been chair of the department since July 2012. Dr. McGovern is also the university's faculty athletic representative, a faculty marshal, vice-chair of the faculty, serves as co-chair of a committee on Middle States and chair of the Athletic Advisory Committee. She volunteers at the Gettysburg Police Department and the Heritage Festival in Gettysburg.

Areas of Study

Cyber Security, White Collar Crime, Criminology, Drugs and Crime, Criminology


McGovern, Virginia, Steve Demuth, and Joe Jacoby. Racial and Ethnic Recidivism Risks: A Comparison of Postincarceratation Rearrest, Reconviction, and Reincarceration Among White, Black, and Hispanic Releasees. The Prison Journal, Vol. 89, No. 3, 309-327 (2009).

McGovern, Virginia. Trash Talk-Fee Evasion and Techniques of Neutralization by Older Women in Response to Rising Garbage Collection Fees. The Internet Journal of Criminology 2010.

McGovern, Virginia and Stephen Demuth. Race/Ethnicity and Recidivism Risk: The Importance of Considering Nativity when examining White-Black-Hispanic Differences. International Journal of Sociological Research. Vol. 3, Nos. 1-2, (January-December, 2010) 19-34.

Dr. McGovern is currently working on two books and three journal articles.

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