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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; 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, particularly mass murder, but she also has papers on topics such as 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. 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, Victims and Offenders, the Journal of Child Sexual Assault, Deviant Behavior, Justice Research and Policy, and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Professor Huff-Corzine currently serves the discipline as the Past President of the Homicide Research Working Group, and as a member of the Futures Working Group, an assembly that is co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Society of Police Futurists International. 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 Glenco, Georgia, and the 2013 International Police Executive Symposium held in Budapest, Hungary. With a research team at UCF, she is currently compiling and analyzing data on mass murder; a project that has produced one forthcoming publication that will appear in Homicide Studies and has others currently in process.

Studies published earlier in her career, as well as her dissertation, examined foodways and body weight satisfaction. 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.

Lin was raised in a very rural, generally poverty-stricken part of downstate Illinois; an area that she often referred to as “nowhere.” Graduation from high school was followed by nursing school and later, as a non-traditional student, by a college education. She has been married to her spouse, Jay, longer than you need to know. Lin has two children and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with Jay and various students she has worked with through the years, swimming, reading, and the company of her beloved Casey Marie and Maggie Mae.

Research Interests:

Causes and Correlates of Homicide

Spring 2018

SYP 3520.0001 – Criminology – Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 – 5:45 – Main Campus

SYP 6522.0001 – Soc Perspectives on Victims – Tuesday 6:00 – 8:50 – Main Campus

Fall 2017

Monday and Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30 or by appointment

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