Lou San Marco - Sociology and Criminal Justice
Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Program
Born in New Haven, Connecticut
Ph.D. from School of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
26 years at B-W
Spent four years as Director of Public Safety with a municipality
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
Iíve learned that no matter how much you know, or think your know, there is always more to learn. Also, while work is a very important component of human existence, itís equally important to lead a balanced life.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
What inspires me to teach at the college level is seeing successful students occupy positions of responsibility in the criminal justice system. Iím very proud of the fact that many of my former students are professionals in positions such as prosecutors, chiefs of police, and special agents with agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, and Drug Enforcement Administration.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I mentor students by encouraging them to develop goals about their career aspirations as soon as possible and to continuously work toward the achievement of their goals. Although I canít remember the specific source, someone once said, ďIf you donít know where you are going, any road will get you there.Ē
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
If I werenít a college professor, I would like to be a veterinarian specializing in large-breed dogs. The only problem is, I donít do well in chemistry and donít particularly like being around blood or needles.
What do students like best about your class?:
Students know what to expect in my classes. There is a very detailed syllabus, and Iím upfront about what students can expect from me and what I will expect from them. Students also tell me that they appreciate the real-life examples that I use in my CRJ courses, thereby integrating theory and practice.