Barbara Sims
Professor of Criminal Justice and MACJ Program Coordinator
Department: Criminal Justice
Office:  Cornwell 323
P.O. Box:  6662
Phone:  (828) 689-1276
  • B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1991
  • M.A. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1993
  • Ph.D., Sam Houston State University, 1997

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Presentations:

“Title IX and Compliance: Addressing Campus Sexual Assault in an Ever-Changing Political Climate,” with Dr. Liz Anderson. 2019 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Baltimore, MD.

“Responding to Campus-Related Sexual Assault: The Importance of Internal and External Community Involvement.” 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Kansas City, MO.

Mark Jones and Barbara Sims. “Reintegrative Shaming, Redemption, and Acceptance: A Survey of Christian Church Goers in Eastern North Carolina.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 14(4):348-370, 2016.

Mars Hill Panel Leads Workshop on Preventing Sexual Assaults: Dr. Barbara Sims, Bob Kadra, Dr. Liz Anderson (Western Carolina University, formerly with MHU), and Joyce Cody (My Sister’s Place) led a workshop at the 2016 National Sexual Assault Conference.

Dr. Barbara Sims, professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Program at Mars Hill University, has co-authored a book with Sudershan Goel and Ravi Sodhi, both of whom are advocates in the Indian Court System. The book, titled, Domestic Violence Laws in the United States and India , was published in September 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan Publishers of New York, NY.

“Police History.” Craig Goforth and Barbara Sims, in the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, Wesley Jennings (ed.) 2014, Wiley-Blackwell.

Research Interests:

The effectiveness of focused deterrence programs

Barriers to the successful prosecution of hate crimes

Legal issues associated with free speech on college campuses

Sexual assault on college campuses

Online teaching and learning in criminal justice programs