Discover Your Island

Dr. Sarah Scott

Outstanding Islanders

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Making Real-World Learning a Priority

Dr. Sarah Scott, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is passionate about helping students translate classroom knowledge in real-world scenarios.

Scott, who joined the University in fall 2013, currently teaches multiple classes in the undergraduate criminal justice program, as well as classes in the master’s in public administration program. She is also the criminal justice internship coordinator for the fall 2015 semester.

“It’s incredibly important for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom,” said Scott. “It enriches class time because it allows students who may not have a lot of personal or work experience to contribute to classroom discussion and make the connection between theory and practice.”

Scott recently spearheaded the formation of the Social Sciences Advisory Council, with a goal of creating networks with community stakeholders while talking about internships, jobs, developments in the field, and research opportunities. The council is made up of A&M-CC faculty from the criminal justice, political science, and public administration fields and interested members of the local community.

“Our first meeting was in September, and we received a lot of great feedback on our internship programs and curriculum,” said Scott. “The meeting also resulted in some new partnerships regarding research and training, which I hope is an indication of things to come.”

The committee plans to meet each semester and create more opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate with leaders in the community.

One of Scott’s passions is to see more of an emphasis on evidence-based practices by policy makers. She also emphasizes to students that being familiar with best practices in the field is the best way to advocate for responsible policy.

“One of my students told me that after taking my class, she got in trouble at work for asking the questions that no one else is willing to ask,” said Scott. “That may be the best compliment I’ve ever received!”

In the future, Scott hopes to help Islander students organize more clubs and projects that will enrich their time on campus. She also enjoys taking advantage of her new coastal surroundings.

“I go to the beach as much as possible. I’ve even taken surfing lesson,” she said. “Next summer, I plan to learn how to kiteboard.”

Scott says one of her inspirations is her grandfather, who taught English, theatre, and coached a girls’ tennis team. At one point, she says, he was awarded teacher of the year for the state of Texas.

“When he passed away, I found letters from many of his students saying that he had changed their lives,” said Scott. “Each day, I try to emulate his enthusiasm and compassion with my own students here at A&M-Corpus Christi.”