CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 31, 2011 — Dr. Diana Bruns, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology and professor of criminal justice and sociology at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed interim dean of Southeast’s College of Health and Human Services effective Jan. 4.
Bruns will replace Dr. Loretta Prater who is retiring as dean at the end of this semester. Bruns will serve as interim dean until a new permanent dean is selected which is anticipated to occur July 1. An announcement is forthcoming concerning an interim chair to succeed Bruns in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Bruns joined Southeast in 2010. Prior to that, she was chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and associate professor of criminal justice at Savannah State University. She also has served as chairperson of the Division of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies and professor of criminal justice studies, all at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. Prior to that, she was an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow and Talequah, Okla.; assistant chairperson and professional practice coordinator, and a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University.
Bruns has been a project coordinator for a homeless teen parent program titled “Best Interest of Children,” an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Parkland Community College; and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Danville Area Community College.
She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration and foundations and a Master of Arts in criminal justice administration, both from Illinois State University. Bruns also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, both from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
Bruns is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Criminal Justice Association, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Society of Criminology, Alpha Omega Pi sorority, the Government College Relations Counsel, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Corrections Association and the Oklahoma Corrections Association.
She is an advocate for the prevention of domestic violence, designing and implementing a domestic violence impact panel for McLean County in Illinois and serving as a committee member of the 11th Judicial Circuit Task Force Against Domestic Violence in Illinois.