Career Success - Department of Sociology & Criminology | Briar Cliff University

Career Success

We are proud to introduce some of our past students from the sociology and criminal justice department, who have gone on to successful careers:

Troy Divis, the Geographic Information Systems Analyst and Webmaster for the Health and Hospital Corporation inIndianapolis. Troyʼs undergraduate research experiences included an analysis of student withdrawals for the Academic Deanʼs office and an analysis of assault data from the Sioux City Police Department where he was able to practice and refine his skills in GIS.

Amy Peterson Myers, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa, responsible for the Child Support Recovery Unit in Sioux City. Amyʼs undergraduate internship was completed in Chicago in the development department of the AIDS Pastoral Care Network. She then earned a joint degree from the University of South Dakota, combining a Masterʼs in public administration with her law degree.

Dr. Sarah Becker, newly appointed Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. Sarah graduated with a double major in sociology and writing, then entered the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Because of her editorship of Briar Cliffʼs literary magazine, The Review, as a second year graduate student she was the managing editor of Qualitative Sociology, a professional journal devoted to ethnographic research.

Trista Boyle, with Project Life and Remedial Services of the Crittenton Center. Trista completed a double major in social research and criminal justice, doing internships in both – working with a juvenile probation officer for Juvenile Court Services and completing a longitudinal analysis of tobacco use by middle and high school students in the metro area for Siouxland CARES. A continuing education student with a family, Trista is now looking forward to rejoining her children as a student by entering law school.

Amy Desautels did her internship as a fund-raising planner with the Appleseed Foundation, a public interest law center in Washington, D.C. Amy was one of the first students in Fordham Universityʼs masterʼs degree in Justice and Criminology, after which she continued in the doctoral program in sociology there.

Joan and Jill Hermsen, both graduates and sisters but not twins, are together at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Joan as an associate professor of sociology and Jill as the International Student and Scholar Advisor. Joanʼs undergraduate internship was with the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. After earning her doctorate from the University of Maryland and working for the Corporation for National Service in Washington, DC, she came to Columbia. Jillʼs undergraduate experience included an internship with a local law firm and a semester in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute of Studies. She earned a masterʼs degree in international education from Harvard and then spent several years in France before joining her sister in Columbia.