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Dr. Paul Donnelly

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Director of Criminal Justice Program

Office Location Owens Hall, 306
Phone (Office) 405.585.4219

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Professor Donnelly came to OBU in 2013 after three decades of working in increasingly responsible positions in Criminal Justice. Donnelly has served in a variety of positions and jurisdictions including; Executive Director of the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, Deputy Director of the Texas Commission on Children and Youth, Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Senior Vice President for Correctional Services Corporation, Chief Probation Officer in Nueces County Texas as well as executive positions in Adult Corrections and substance abuse treatment.

Donnelly is a certified expert witness in juvenile justice administration and has been called as an expert witness to testify before the United States Congress and a number of state legislatures. He has been a speaker and panel member at a number of regional and national conferences and has done consulting work in juvenile justice for the governments of the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Estonia and Poland as well as a jurisdictions in the US. Prior to joining the faculty at OBU Donnelly has taught at UT Dallas, UT Arlington, and Texas Christian University.


  • BA Sociology, Biola University, La Mirada California
  • MS Public Administration, University of Texas at Tyler
  • PhD Criminology, University of Texas at Dallas
    • Dissertation: The Cycle and Dynamics of Reform and Neglect in a State Juvenile Corrections Agency: The Texas Experience

Subjects Taught

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • American Corrections Association
  • American Probation and Parole Association
  • Council of Juvenile State Administrators
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Texas Corrections Association
  • Texas Probation Association
  • Texas Juvenile Detention Association
  • National Juvenile Detention Association