Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Anthony McBride, Associate Professor

Stipes Hall 408
Phone: 309/298-3315

Dr. McBride Motto: “Education is one of the main ingredients for fostering change.”

Dr. McBride earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Hilbert College (1989), a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University (1991), a Master of Arts in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvanian (1999) and a Doctorate of Education from Duquesne University in (2004)

Before arriving on the beautiful Western Illinois University campus he consulted with a charter school in Pittsburgh working in the capacity of Director of Student Services. Prior to this work he supervised the Northern Probation Office for Allegheny County Juvenile Court.  During his extensive sixteen year career with the Allegheny County Juvenile Court system, he worked in a variety of capacities as a community monitor at an alternative community based program, as one of the first school based probation officers in the county; as an assist supervisor of an alternative community based program for male juvenile offenders, and as a community probation officer.

 Dr. McBride, throughout his career was charged with designing and implementing a first-time offender program, called Youth Match.  This program connected first-time offenders to positive community resources with the hope that they would remain connected to these programs to prevent further delinquent behavior. Youth Match was nominated as court operated program of the year at the state level of Pennsylvania. Dr. McBride also was very instrumental in designing the day to day operations of a new program that focused on the educational needs of youth offenders in residential placements.  The goal of the program was to close the reintegration gaps in the delay of school records being sent to and from placement faculties to their home school. This program is part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation Model for Change, an accelerated reform of juvenile justice systems across the country.

Dr. McBride has numerous teaching experiences as an adjunct professor at Strayer University, Northeastern University and South University. He is an expert in the value of informal community education resources for youths and adults.  His doctorial dissertation is titled, “Examination of the Growth and Development of the Long-Term Community Based Jazz Workshop Inc Program.”  The dissertation focused on the impact of music on program participants as well as discussed the value of community education. His work had led to him being the founder of two non-profit organizations soon to be servicing youths and adults.

Dr. McBride has published several articles in the Allegheny County Juvenile Court Quarterly Jurisdiction Newsletter and the Pathway charter school post.  He also published two children’s books titled: Shaheana and The Lost Cat and is currently working with an illustrator on several other children’s books. 

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