Daniel Pontzer

Criminal Justice
Program Chair and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Email Address:

(239) 389-7781
Courses Taught:
Criminal Justice courses

Ph.D. Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007

A native of St. Marys, Pa., Dr. Daniel Pontzer’s interest in criminal justice led him to pursue a doctoral degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing his degree and working on his dissertation, titled, “Testing Reintegrative Shaming Theory as an Explanation for Involvement in Bullying Among University Students: Parenting, Personality, and the Dyadic Relationship between Bullies and Their Victims,” Pontzer served as a statistical consultant at Indiana University at Pennsylvania and aided in research projects at Pine Grove Prison.

He gained much experience in the realm of academia, serving as an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Southern Utah and Lee McRae College in North Carolina. He also held the position of assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville before arriving at Hodges University in 2014.

Pontzer has published seven articles in various journals, detailing his research on topics including drug paraphernalia, bombings, document examinations, meth labs and more. 

His outside interests include exploring in his kayak and being outdoors, watching sports, working on home projects and listening to live music.

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