Ronda Engstrom has been appointed instructor of criminology at Davis & Elkins College. Joining the faculty at the start of the spring semester, she teaches courses in Juvenile Delinquency and Justice and Theoretical Criminology.

Engstrom has more than 20 years of experience teaching higher education in the United States and abroad. Most recently, she instructed sociology and criminology courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. She also has taught at California University of Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, and Hebei University in Baoding, China.

An article Engstrom co-authored, “Juvenile institutional misconduct: Examining the role of educational attainment and academic achievement” is published in the journal Crime & Delinquency.

Engstrom is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude. Engstrom also has completed additional studies in legal studies administration at California University of Pennsylvania and public administration with an emphasis in human service at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice programs at Davis & Elkins College takes a holistic and restorative justice approach to the criminal justice system. Students may pursue an associate’s degree in criminal justice, focusing on practical applications for those interested in obtaining a job in the field right way, or a bachelor’s degree in criminology, which expands on theoretical concepts to be implemented with practical application for hands-on learning. To learn more, visit

Ronda Engstrom

Ronda Engstrom