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Office of the Dean


Welcome to the College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science at Eastern Kentucky University. We hope you will take a few minutes to explore our academic programs, course offerings, faculty profiles, and research institutes. The School of Justice Studies and the School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management brings together an exceptional and diverse collection of scholars of justice and safety whose life work is devoted to outstanding teaching, high-quality research, and meaningful service. Our faculty are recognized both nationally and internationally for their accomplishments in the arena of justice and safety, and our graduates hold leadership positions in every field of justice and safety throughout the world. If you are serious about the studies and practices of justice and safety, we invite you to join this remarkable collection of scholars.

Meet the Dean

Dean Paulson
Dean Derek Paulsen

Dean Derek Paulsen is a professor of criminal justice and dean of the College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science at Eastern Kentucky University. Paulsen has over 20 publications including three books, the most recent of which is Crime and Urban Planning: Towards Socially Sustainable Communities. Paulsen is active in research on crime analysis and crime mapping; technology and policing; and the impact of urban planning on neighborhood crime. He has given over 60 presentations, including 20 invited presentations and received several research grants to develop data analysis solutions to assist in the understanding of crime patterns. In addition, Paulsen served as the commissioner of planning, preservation, and development for the city of Lexington, Kentucky for seven years, in which he oversaw seven divisions of government and worked on numerous policy issues associated with neighborhood crime and urban planning.


Contact the Office of the Dean

Office of the Dean
354 Stratton Building
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-3565
For general information, email:
To contact Dean Paulsen, email:

College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science

521 Lancaster Avenue
Stratton 354
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-3565

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