Joanne M. Black

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies

Professor Black enjoys working at Salem because it gives her the opportunity to empower women. For her, it is truly inspirational to watch as students begin to grasp concepts and apply them inside and outside of the classroom. She enjoys spending time getting to know her students and helping them discover their educational interests and move toward their path of success as they ponder graduation and the “real world.” Additionally, she has a special place in her heart for the adult learner because both her sister and mother pursued education for the first time as adults.

Professor Black believes a women‘s college provides an environment for women to grow and develop by learning from the women around them. She would encourage potential criminal studies majors that there is a lot of job security in this field. Additionally, people working in the field of criminal justice are aware every day that they are helping people.

Her advice for criminal studies students is to work hard to network.  This process will allow you to get to know professionals currently working in the field and to learn more about the career path.  In addition to learning more about the profession you want to pursue, you are making professional connections that could turn into a job down the road.

Professor Black attended high school in Schofield, WI, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She proudly boasts that she is a Badger through and through.


J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law
M.S., Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven
B.A., Sociology and Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison



Criminal Studies