Dr. Tammatha Clodfelter

Dr. Clodfelter received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a former crime analyst with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and is Vice-President-elect of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association.

Research Interests:

Policing; victimization; drug and alcohol related crime

Graduate Courses:

Seminar in Police and Society; Research Methods

Undergraduate Honors, Graduate Theses, and MPA Capstone supervision topics:

  • Recruitment and Retention in North Carolina Law Enforcement
  • Self Control, Binge Drinking, and Perceptions of Drinking Levels and Risk Behaviors
  • Assessment and Feasibility of Crime Analysis Unit in a North Carolina Sheriff's Office
  • Assessment of an At-Risk Youth Prevention Program

Recent Research Projects:

  • STARR and Federal Probation Supervision: This is an ongoing research project for which undergraduate and graduate students collaborated with a federal probation district to develop a rating instrument and assess officer use of a training program to improve officer effectiveness.
    • Clodfelter, T.A., Holcomb, J.E., Alexander, M.A., Marcum, C.D., & Richards, T.N. (June 2016, in press). A case study of the implementation of Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Rearrest (STARR). Federal Probation: A Journal of Correctional Philosophy and Practice.
    • Holcomb, J.E., Marcum, C.D., Clodfelter, T.A., & Richards, T.N., Alexander, M.A. (2015). The development and implementation of a faculty-student collaborative research project. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 26(2)163-184. DOI:10.1080/10511253.2014.960530
    • Clodfelter, T.A., Alexander, M.A. Holcomb, J.E., Richards, T.N., Marcum, C.D. (2014). Improving probation officer effectiveness through agency-university collaboration. Criminal Justice Studies, 27(3), 308-322.
  • North Carolina Recruitment Study: This study examines attitudes towards careers in local law enforcement among North Carolina college students. Of particular interest is the influence of media and social media on one’s desire to become a law enforcement officer. The goal is to identify strategies to increase the effectiveness of recruitment efforts among small and medium police departments in the state of North Carolina. My graduate assistant and I working with the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission to survey college students at community colleges and universities across the state.
  • Sexual Victimization, Self-Objectification, and Social Media: This exploratory study examines the intersection between sexual harassment and other forms of sexual victimization, valuation of physical attributes of one’s body, and presence on social media and other forms of social interaction.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8326

Office address
352E Anne Belk Hall