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Dr. Paul Donnelly

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Director of Criminal Justice Program

Office Location Owens Hall, 322
Phone (Office) 405.585.4219
OBU Mailbox # 61736

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Professor Donnelly comes to OBU 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 or 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 had the opportunity to testify before the US Congress and several state legislative bodies. 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
  • Sociology

Professional Memberships

  • 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