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D. Howard-Bostic, Ph. D, is a professor, grant writer, and a community mentor. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, and also serves as the Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology, a teaching certificate in Women’s Studies, and a Race and Social Policy research certification at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Howard-Bostic is also a former college director of institutional assessment and has served as an executive director of housing and human services. Dr. Howard-Bostic teaches online and face-to-face courses in the academic disciplines of sociology, criminal justice studies, psychology, and communications. She's taught over 15 different academic courses in her 10 years in academia. She promotes teaching methods that center learning and inspires students to advance their professional skills and obtain employment in the areas of criminal justice and social work.