Dr. Huff-Corzine, or more informally known as Dr. Lin, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. Lin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis with criminology, social psychology, gender, and complex organizations as areas of emphasis. Her BA is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with majors in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Prior to that she earned a Diploma in Nursing from Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, began her career as charge nurse on a surgical unit and then moved into psychiatric nursing with a specialty in alcohol counseling; positions that led to an appointment as Head Nurse of a 50-bed closed acute care psychiatric unit in the St. Louis area.
Lin spent the first nine years of her academic career at Kansas State University where she obtained tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. At K-State, under Dr. Lin’s leadership the enrollment in Criminology, which was housed in Sociology, grew from 27 to well over 300 majors. During those years, Dr. Huff-Corzine also joined the Ethnic Studies faculty and served on the Women’s Studies Governing Board, a group of three faculty who set policy for the major and reported directly to the Provost.
Dr. Huff-Corzine moved to UCF in 1996, and into an Assistant Vice President position in Academic Affairs in 1999 after spending one year as a faculty fellow in the Provost’s Office, and served on the Provost’s staff for the next 12 years.
Dr. Lin’s research focuses on violent crime with articles published on topics such as mass murder, the effects of drug transportation routes on homicide and robbery, firearm lethality, risk factors associated with assaults on police officers, the spatial distribution of sexual assaults, and the impact of medical resources on lethal violence rates in cities. More recently she has begun publishing on human trafficking and is a contributor along with her co-authors to the 2017 book, Human Trafficking, edited by Hugh Potter, Jeff Goltz, and Mike Gibson that outlines how human trafficking if being combatted in the Central Florida area, and an article in Police Practice and Research that addresses human trafficking as well. Professor Huff-Corzine co-authored, The Currents of Lethal Violence, a monograph, and has published in numerous journals, including, Criminology, Homicide Studies, Violence and Victims, Justice Quarterly, Victims and Offenders, the Journal of Child Sexual Assault, Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency, Justice Research and Policy, and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.
Professor Huff-Corzine currently serves the discipline as the Vice President of the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG). As such, she serves as the editor of the HRWG Proceedings. She has been an invited participant at a variety of agency-academic events such as the 2005 Serial Murder Symposium sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 2012 National Summit on Mass Casualty Shootings held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, and the 2013 International Police Executive Symposium held in Budapest, Hungary. More recently, she was one of two UCF faculty to serve on the Orange County Sheriff’s 2016 taskforce on violent crime.
Studies published earlier in her career, as well as her dissertation, examined foodways and body weight satisfaction from a structural symbolic interactionist perspective. This work produced several articles that appeared in top academic foodways journals, such as The Ecology of Food and Nutrition and Appetite, and is an area of Sociological study that Dr. Lin will be expanding into again in the near future.
Dr. Lin works closely with graduate students. She has graduated 6 Ph.D.’s during the last 2 years as well as serving on 5 others as a member; three at UCF, but one at Northeastern and one at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. In addition, she chaired 4 MA committees during the last two years and served on 4 others as a member. Currently, she chairs or co-chairs 5 dissertation committees and 3 MA committees. Her philosophy is one that encourages students to find topics that they are passionate about; ones where they think they may be able to make a positive difference.
Lin was raised in a very rural, generally poverty-stricken part of downstate Illinois; an area that she often referred to, even when she lived there, as “nowhere.” You could go up on the barn roof and see for miles of farmland – no houses or roads within sight. Graduation from high school was followed by nursing school and later by a college education as a non-traditional student. She has been married to her spouse, Jay, longer than you need to know. Lin has two children, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with Jay and various students she has worked with through the years, swimming, reading, attending country concerts, and the company of her beloved Maggie Mae, AliRae, and Bo; a golden doodle, a lab/ridgeback mix, and a chocolate lab, respectively.
- Criminology – including, but not limited to homicide, mass murder, human trafficking, domestic & intimate partner violence
- Race, Gender, and Class as they relate to Crime and treatment by the Criminal Justice System
- Foodways & Food Inequities
SYP 3511.0001 – Sociology of Murder – Mon, Wed, Fri – 12:30-2:20 – Main Campus
SYP 6517.0001 – Topics in Crime and Deviance – Wed 3:00-5:50 -Main Campus
Fri 2:00-5:00 or by appointment
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