Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Philip Rhoades

An Outstanding Islander

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Our Partner in Prevention
Rather than waiting for the unexpected to happen, Dr. Philip Rhoades emphasizes the proactive approach of prevention. The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) director informs the public on how to prevent problems such as child abuse and juvenile delinquency. The Regents Professor of Criminal Justice arrived at the Island University in 1982. His interest in criminal justice began as Officer-in-Charge of a U.S. Army, Military Police station in Germany. Rhoades began expanding the SSRC in 2002 to encourage faculty to find research opportunities and to facilitate connections between researchers, grants, community, and students. Part of the SSRC mission is reducing traumatic injuries and death caused by traffic crashes through public education, literature and community presentations. Rhoades oversees the Safe Communities Driver Safety Campaign which focuses on topics including safety belts, sharing the road with bicyclists, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving, and cell phone use while driving. In partnership with the Nueces County Safe Communities Coalition, Rhoades has distributed more than 100,000 student-generated brochures and makes dozens of safety presentations annually. The faculty advisor of the Chi Chi Tau Chapter, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society has received many honors including Educator of the Year Awards from the Women's Shelter, Inc., in 2000 and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society in 2005. He has secured dozens of grants and sits on committees including the Public Protection Committee, Coastal Bend Council.

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