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Myers Named Interim Director of WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

July 8, 2015


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MACOMB, IL – Jill Joline Myers has been named interim director of Western Illinois University's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA), effective July 1. Prior to joining Western's LEJA faculty in 2004, Myers served as a state and special assistant U.S. prosecutor in Baltimore (MD), where she was the division chief of special investigations, a unit that focused on employing wire, electronic and oral surveillance techniques to investigate major criminal organizations, drug traffickers and terrorist activities.

As a faculty member at Western, she has taught both graduate and undergraduate students, primarily in courses addressing legal issues concerning criminal justice practitioners. In addition, she regularly teaches and acts as a consultant to state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute, state and regional educational institutions, as well as legislative bodies, including the Washington, D.C./Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). She also serves as an expert regarding First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendment issues, as well as surveillance technologies and applications under the USA PATRIOT Act and various state and federal statutes.

Myers' research agenda includes cyber security, constitutional law, cyber bullying, human rights issues, the collection of information and data through technology and its impact on privacy rights, civil liability of state agents and violence-reduction strategies. She has authored numerous publications, including the 2014 book, "Illinois's Criminal Justice System" (with WIU LEJA Associate Professor Todd Lough); the 2011 book, "Responding to Cyber Bullying: An Action Tool for School Leaders" (primary author); the 2010 Criminal Justice Review article, "Recent Legal Developments: Maryland v. Shatzer: Revisiting Reinterviewing After Invoking Miranda's Right to Counsel"; and the 2008 Education Law Reporter article, "Cyber Bullying: The Legal Challenge for Educators."

While at Western, she received the 2013 Centennial Honors College Award of Excellence in Teaching, and the 2011 of Provost's Award of Excellence in Teaching with Technology. In 2011 and 2009, she received the Best in Track Award for Creative Research Activities in the WIU Faculty Research Symposium, and in 2009, she received the College of Education and Human Services' Faculty Research Award. In 2006, Myers also received the Outstanding First Year Experience Faculty Member Award. In addition, in 2014 and 2008, Myers received awards for Special Recognition for Diversity Efforts.

Myers earned her juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore.

Myers takes over for Terry Mors, who retired as director of Western's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration June 30.

For more information, contact Dana Moon, director of marketing and community relations in the College of Education and Human Services, at (309) 298-1690 or DM-Moon@wiu.edu.

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