Tom Caywood appointed UWP department chair for criminal justice

July 3, 2007


PLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville announced that professor Tom Caywood was appointed department chair for the criminal justice department within the College of Liberal Arts and Education. "I am very pleased that Caywood has been hired as the department chair. I know that based on his prior work experience, he has the skills and personality to lead the criminal justice department at this very important time of growth as it looks to the future," commented Mittie Nimocks, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education.

Caywood has been teaching at UWP since 1991 and helped develop three graduate courses for the criminal justice master's degree. His primary teaching areas have focused on police related courses such as police function, police administration, police community relations, interviewing, current issues in criminal justice management, criminology, research methods, and various graduate level courses. He has also aided students with internship experiences and served as an academic advisor. Caywood is a member of many university, department and college committees including Graduate Council; University Rank, Salary, Tenure Policy Committee; College Curriculum Committee; Department Review Board; Department Undergraduate Online Committee; Department Search and Screen; and Department Graduate Admissions Committee.

Many changes are taking place in the criminal justice department. This fall the department will offer emphases in law enforcement, corrections and forensic investigations. It will also be offering a minor in forensic investigations for non criminal justice majors. "It is a pleasure to be the department chair of the criminal justice department. We are experiencing growth in all areas of our program. Our on campus undergraduate program continues to grow with the Tri-State Initiative bringing in many students. It is an exciting time for us and I am glad the faculty and administration selected me to be the department chair," commented Caywood.

Other developments are also occurring in the forensic program. Pioneer Farm has set aside land for the department to use for their crime scene investigation sites. The department is also developing their own body farm, coined by the students "pig dig." Caywood goes on to describe the importance of these developing activities, "This provides us actual burial sites, which allows students hands-on experience in processing a crime scene. This site also provides field research opportunities and allows us to provide training opportunities for local and regional law enforcement agencies".

The criminal justice department is moving to the newly renovated Ullsvik Hall between the fall and spring semester where they will have more office space and access to state of the art classrooms. Anyone interested in learning more about the criminal justice department may contact Caywood at (608) 342-1653.

Caywood resides in Platteville with his wife Lana and two sons and daughter in-law, Nate, Eli and Katharine.

Contact: Tom Caywood, department chair, criminal justice, (608) 342-1653, Prepared by: Lisa D. McLean, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,


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