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Kimberly Stewart

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

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J.D., Massachusetts School of Law
M.P.A., University of Baltimore
M.S.C.J., Kaplan University
B.A., Boston University


Professor Kimberly Stewart, a former public defender in Lynn, Massachusetts, gained her passion for the field of criminal justice because of her love of the law and it was further solidified when she was able to interact with individuals from all sectors of the criminal justice spectrum including police, probation and parole, prosecutors, judges, and victim and witness advocates.

For Professor Stewart, the challenge of putting together the ‘puzzle’ of the field of criminal justice is what she finds so intriguing. “You learn all of the facts and you must piece the information together to arrive at a conclusion. No two incidents/events are the same. This makes the field exciting and ever-changing. Because of the changes, my classes are always evolving to be sure that the students are learning the most current information. “

Professor Stewart challenges her students to “throw away ” any preconceived notions of what the field of criminal justice is and to take the time to learn about all the different elements of the field. For her, it is about learning everything possible about the various jobs within it. “Many times I find that after doing their research, students identify a new and intriguing aspect of the field that sometimes persuades them to switch their career focus.

To me, the most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing my students’ “light bulb ” moments. That is, seeing the smile come across my students’ faces when they finally “get it ” and the material clicks. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with my students, but I equally enjoy learning from my students. I think the give in take in the classroom is the best part of teaching.”

Professor Stewart, a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, has been recognized for her work and commitment to the field, receiving the Dean’s Award while in law school and has been invited to speak at induction ceremonies for Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Phi Sigma. However, she says the best recognition she can receive is client satisfaction in her practice and student accomplishments in the classroom.

Professor Stewart has taught Ethics in Criminal Justice; Constitutional Law; Critical Issues in Criminal Justice; Planning, Policy Development, and Leadership; Criminal Law; Juvenile Law; and Business Law and teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Current Social Issues in Criminal Justice, as well as other classes within the Criminal Justice and Law and Society programs at Mount Ida College.