Jennifer Moreno

NTT Asst. Professor/Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice Sciences

503-838-8711 |
MA 204

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I love running, though I’m definitely a cross between a tortoise and a snail. Super spicy food is my absolute favorite. I’m a bit of a clean freak who can totally zen out with any organizing project. I’m a proud wife of a Salem police officer and a harried (but joyful) mom to two young boys.

Fun fact

I've had dinner with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.


Sahuarita, Arizona

Favorite book/movie

My guilty pleasures are reading tween lit (Twilight Series, 5th Wave Series, Hunger Games Series, etc) and bingeing Marvel films.

Course schedule

Summer 2021

Areas of responsibility

  • NTT Assistant Professor/Criminal Sciences Division
  • Criminal Justice Advisor
  • Criminal Justice Planning Committee Chair
  • Criminal Justice Budget Committee
  • Campus Learning Partner: Criminal Justice Floor


What you will do and learn in my courses

  • As a professor, Jennifer strives to integrate her practical police experience into her teaching and to explore ongoing issues in the criminal justice system. Jennifer’s teaching philosophy focuses on the application of criminal justice theory to the current happenings in the criminal justice system. Her classes incorporate “real life” trials, stories and social justice movements to demonstrate the relevance and importance of a diverse criminal justice academic foundation in developing an understanding of the American criminal justice system.
  • As an advisor, Jennifer serves as a professional resource for students pursuing a criminal justice career. She assists students in identifying and merging their personal and academic goals in pursuit of comprehensive WOU experience to carry with them into the criminal justice field.


  • Juris Doctorate, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, NE, 2004-2007
    • Legal foundation including criminal law, evidence, criminal and civil procedure, legal interviewing and writing, constitutional law, juvenile law
    • Mediation certification from the State of Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Bachelor of Science, with Honors, Justice Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2001-2004
    • Minor in Sociology

Teaching focus

  • American Court Systems
  • Policing
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure


Research areas

  • Gender Issues In Policing
    • Reproductive Issues
    • Physical Disparities in Training & Patrol
  • Emotional Intelligence/Trauma Support for Law Enforcement
  • Online Pedagogy

Professional experience

  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
    • NTT Assistant Professor –Criminal Justice Sciences Division, July 2019- present
    • NTT Instructor –Criminal Justice Department, January 2016-July 2019
  • Pioneer Pacific College, Springfield, OR
    • Adjunct Instructor—Criminal Justice, August 2015-March 2016
  • Sahuarita Police Department, Sahuarita AZ
    • Police Officer –Sahuarita Police Department, October 2007-January 2017
      • Jennifer worked predominantly within the law enforcement field, which included ongoing advanced officer training, several specialty certifications and special assignment details including:
        • AZ POST General Instructor
        • IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association)
        • NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers)
        • BOMAC (Critical Incident training)
        • Certified HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus)
        • Advanced Field Sobriety
        • Off-Duty Coordinator
        • Special Events Coordinator
        • Administrative/Grants Officer
        • Training Coordinator
        • School Resource Officer
        • Public Information Officer


Graduate courses taught

  • Theory of Criminal Law (CJ618)

Undergraduate courses taught

  • American Courts (CJ252)
  • Criminal Law (CJ352)
  • Criminal Procedure (CJ452)
  • Parole and Probation (CJ454)
  • Police and Community (CJ331)
  • Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (CJ219)
  • History and Development of American Law Enforcement (CJ212)






Publications and Presentations

  • Moreno, J. (2019, February) Policing Maternity: An appraisal of the legal and logistical complexities regarding pregnancy in the line of duty at the Western Society of Criminology Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Moreno, J. (2018, February) Media Management: Using Media and Visual Aids to Promote “Real-World” Criminal Justice Connections at the Western Society of Criminology Conference, Long Beach, California.

Professional memberships

  • Western Society of Criminology, member
  • Oregon Association of Criminal Justice Educators, member
  • Oregon Women in Higher Education, member 



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