Ashwin G. Vyas, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Title: Professor
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Criminal Justice (Traditional or Online)
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Sociology Minor
  • vyasa@fvsu.edu
  • 478-825-6638
  • Office Location: Bond 134
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ASHWIN G. VYAS, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vita

Professor
Bond 134
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Fort Valley State University

HIGHER EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS

2014-Present
Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Fort Valley State University

2009-2014
Associate Professor & Coordinator of Criminal Justice
Department of History, Political Science, Criminal Justice & Geography
Fort Valley State University

2001-2009
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
Clark Atlanta University

1995 – 2001
Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department of Criminal Justice
Clark Atlanta University.

1993-1995
Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department of Criminal Justice
Clark Atlanta University.

1991- 1993
Associate Professor of Criminology
Department of Sociology, and
Senior Research Associate for BJS Funded Projects
Statistical Analysis Center
Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia

1988 – 1991
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Dept. of Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, Louisiana.

1987 – 1988
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Texas Wesleyan University
Fort Worth, Texas

March-September, 1987
Probation Officer
Dallas County Adult Probation
Dallas, Texas

1982 – 1986
Teaching Fellow and Adjunct Professor
Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

1974 – 1975
Program Specialist
Corrections Department
New York City, New York

1972 – 1974
Research Correspondent
B.T. Bradford
New York City, New York

1964 – 1971
Professor and Head
Department of Sociology
Swaminarayan Arts College
Ahmedabad, India

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Sociology (Criminology Concentration)
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (1986)

M.A. in Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, New York (1976)

M.A. in Sociology
Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India (1963)

B.A. in Sociology and Law
Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India (1961)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING/CONTINUING EDUCATION

Completed RTK-Global Harmonized System Training on October 13, 2017.

Completed Course on Intersections-Preventing Harassment & Sexual Violence (EDU) on November 14, 2017.

Completed D2L training on December 14, 2017.

Successfully completed 16 contact hours of training on Prevention Crime in the Black Community at Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute, Miami, May 28 – 31, 1997.

Participated in various faculty development workshops, institutional effectiveness and reaccreditations workshops, WebCT workshops, SPSS workshops, student orientation and enrollment workshops, etc. offered by the Clark Atlanta University from time to time over the last 10 years.

HONORS AND RECOGNITION

Chair, Religious Committee, Indian American Cultural Association, Atlanta, GA (1997-2000)
Who’s Who Among American Teachers (1998)
Who’s Who Among Asian Americans (1996)
Invitee, Bureau of Justice Statistics and Justice Association to attend annual conference in New Orleans (1992)
Invited speaker, Violence in West Virginia, West Virginia Sociological Association Meetings (October, 1992)
Vice President, International Study Council, Marshall University, West Virginia (1991-93)
Chapter President, Alpha Kappa Delta, International Honors Society of Sociology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (1986)
Elected Member, University of North Texas Speakers Committee (1984-86)

PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS, AND SEMINARS

  • Anti-Transgender Bathroom Law Controversy: Protection or Discrimination, presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Race, Gender, and Class, New Orleans, LA, March 16-18, 2017 (with Komanduri S. Murty and Bridget Holyfield-Moss).
  • African American Students’ Reaction to the Confederate Flag: A Social-Psychological Approach to Integrate Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Microaggression Theory, presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Race, Gender and Class, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 2, 2016 (with K. S. Murty).
  • Georgia’s Guns Everywhere Law Controversy: African American College Students Weigh the Choice Between Books and Bullets, presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Race, Gender and Class, New Orleans, LA March 26-28, 2015 (with Jimmy D. McCamey, Jr. and K.S. Murty).
  • Participated in AVID for Higher Education workshop on January 22, 2015 sponsored by FVSU.
  • Attended Microsoft Office Excel 2010: Part 3 training session, conducted by New Horizons Computer Learning Systems at CTM Building, FVSU, on October 21, 2015.
  • Attended the Presidential Excellence Lecture by Dr. Earl Long on Ebola as a Dynamic International Disease, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, FVSU C.W. Pettigrew Center Auditorium, Fort Valley, Georgia.
  • Illegal Immigration: Why Is It so Hard to Stop? Presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA, April 24-27, 2013 (with Michael Qualls and Komanduri S. Murty).
  • Participant, New Models: MOOCs and Beyond Symposium, Georgia Tech, November 6, 2013 (with Drs. Linda Noble, Komanduri Murty, & Washella Simmons).
  • Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Criminality and Terrorism: An Application of Freud’s Personality Theory, at the VII Annual Sociological Theory Forum: Critical Social Theory: Freud & Lacan For the 21st Century, April 7-8, 2010, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • Post Conviction DNA Exonerations, to be presented at the 72nd annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2009.
  • HBCU Student Participation in International Programs and Activities: Attitudes, Obstacles, and Future Directions, presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, LA, February 11-16, 2008.
  • Voices From Prison, presented at the annual meetings of Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, April 11-13, 2007
  • Plane Hijacking: A Typology, presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, April 2005.
  • Attended DuBois Seminar on The Patriot Act: Its Implications for Civil Liberties and African Americans, Clark Atlanta University, February 9, 2004.
  • Need for Partnerships between Public Safety and Criminal Justice Departments on HBCU Campuses, presented at 2nd Annual HBCU Law Enforcement Training Conference, Atlanta, August 2001.
  • Participant, NAACP Southwest Region’s National Prison Project Symposium, November 2001.
  • Social Stratification Among Catholics in India: A Case Study of Karnataka State, presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA, April 5, 2001.
  • Panel Discussant, Southern Sociological Society’s Annual Meetings, April 1999 and 2000.
  • Participant, Comprehensive Endorsement Development Program Workshop, Clark Atlanta University, April 1999.
  • Fear of Crime and Environment, presented at Annual Meetings of American Society of Criminology, November 1998.
  • Women and Crime in India, presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1998
  • Consultant, Joint Georgia/South Carolina HBCU Collaborative Partnership to Identify Strategies and Develop a Project Focusing on Diabetes Among African-American Medicaid Beneficiaries with Diabetes, Orangeburg, SC, August 1997.
  • Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation, presented at Carter Center, Atlanta, July 1996.
  • Research Issues Involving Juvenile Delinquents, presented at the OPRR Workshop, Robert Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University, Atlanta, April 1996.
  • Court Watch Project: A Study of Racial and Ethnic Bias in a State Judicial System, presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Association, Richmond, Virginia, April 1996.
  • Key Note Speaker, Managing Hostage Situations: How to Negotiate in Crisis, 6th Annual HINTS Group Security Training Conference/Seminar in preparation for 1996 Olympics, Atlanta, June 1996.
  • Invited Lecture, Why Violence? School of Social Science, Gujarat University, India, December 1995.
  • Participant, A Violence Symposium: What Can You Do to Stop the Violence? Sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice, Clark Atlanta University, August 10-11, 1995.
  • Drunk Driving: Patterns and Trends Over the Last Decade, presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1995.
  • Social Control in Non-western Society, presented at the Mid-South Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Chattanooga, TN, October 1992.
  • Moderator, Modern Probation, First Governor’s Conference on Criminal Justice, Charleston, West Virginia, 1992.
  • Chair and session organizer, Social Control and Delinquency, Southern Sociological Meetings, New Orleans, LA 1992.
  • Sociological Control Mechanisms Create Conditions in Which Delinquency is Infrequent, presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA 1991.
  • Chair and Session Organizer, Self-concept and Delinquency, Mid-South Sociological Association Meetings, Hot Springs, AK, October 1990.
  • Discussant, Teaching Sociological, Southwest Social Science Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, 1990.
  • Chair and session organizer, Homelessness, Mid-South Sociological Association Meetings, Baton Rouge, LA, October 1989.
  • How Much a Melting Pot Can Melt: A Process of Assimilation and Ethnic Identity, presented at 1st Global Conference of People of Indian Origin, New York, 1989.
  • Structured Inequality: Marx and Gandhi, presented at the Southern Sociological Meetings, Norfolk, VA, April 1989.
  • Self-killing in India: An Institutional Linkage of Marriage and Family, presented at the Southern Sociological Meetings, Norfolk, VA, April 1989.

RESEARCH GRANTS

2012-2015: Title III Travel Grants, $1,000 per year.
2002-2004: Co-Principal Investigator, Voices From Prison: An Ethnographic Study of Black Male Prisoners, DuBois-Mellon Grants Award, funded by DuBois Institute, Southern Policy Research Center, Clark Atlanta University ($30,000).
1996: Acting Director, Project Redirection, grant from Fulton County Government ($100,000).
1995: Research Associate, Evaluation of Drug Abuse Program of the Georgia Department of Corrections, grant from Georgia Department of Corrections ($300,000).
1994: Research Associate, Court Watch Project: A Study of Racial and Ethnic Bias in a State Judicial System, funded by the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Court System ($38,000).
1992: Research Associate, Victimization Survey, funded by the U. S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
1992: Research Associate, Violent Crime Data Set, funded by the U. S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
1992: Research Associate, Evaluation of Work Release Program in West Virginia, funded by the U. S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

MANUSCRIPT REVIEWS & EDITORIAL SERVICES

  • Chief Editor, Journal of Criminal Justice in West Virginia, published by SAC, Marshall University, West Virginia, 1993.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Applying the Totter I-E Scale as a Measure of Responsibility for Homelessness Among Females, for the Journal of Deviant Behavior: A Quarterly Interdisciplinary Journal, 1992.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Books

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Current Patterns and Issues, Washington, D.C.: ACE Publishers, 2010 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • Voices From Prison: An Ethnographic Analysis of Black Male Prisoners, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc., August 2004 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • Social Stratification and Third World Country: Mahatma Gandhi’s Theory of Stratification, Folklore Institute, Berkeley, California, 1991.
  • History of Social Thought in India, Bharat Prakashan Publication, Ahmedabad, India, 1966 (in Gujarati Language).
  • General Sociology, Bharat Prakashan Publication, Ahmedabad, India, 1966(in Gujarati Language).

Book Chapters

  • “Darwin and India.” In: H. James Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • “India and Evolution.” In: H. James Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • “Monogamy.” In: H. James Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • “Ethology.” In: H. James Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • “Cultural Constraints.” In: H. James Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • “Cultural Traits.” In: H. James Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006 (with Komanduri Murty).

Journal Articles

  • “African American Students’ Reactions to the Confederate Flag: A Social-Psychological Approach to Integrate Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Microaggression Theory,” Journal of Race, Gender & Class, 24(1-2):133-159, 2017 (with Komanduri S. Murty).
  • “Georgia’s Guns Everywhere Law Controversy: African American College Students Weigh the Choice Between Books and Bullets,” Journal of Race, Gender & Class 23 (1-2):61-78, 2016 (with Komanduri S. Murty and Jimmy D. McCamey, Jr.).
  • “Congressional Progressive Caucus Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities for 2012 Elections,” forthcoming in the Journal of Race, Gender & Class (with Komanduri S. Murty, Meigan M. Fields, Dawn J. Herd-Clark, Edward L. Hill, Barbara Wyche, Diana Byrd, Sonja R. Shavers).
  • “DNA Used to Overturn Convictions,” FVSU Research 2011, p.22, (with Komanduri S. Murty).
  • “Governance and Management of an Academic Institution,” Journal of Management
    Research in Emerging Economies (JMREE) Vol. 1, No.1, 2011: 102-119 (Komanduri S. Murty and Kan Chandras).
  • “Post Conviction DNA Exonerations,” Journal of US-China Law Review, Vol.7, No.7:82-89, July 2010 (with Komanduri S. Murty).
  • “Self-concept and Delinquency: An Ongoing Debate,” The Journal of Offender Counselling, Services and Rehabilitation, Vol. 16 (3-4): 1991.
  • “A Comparison of Gandhian Ideologies for Transforming Class Contradictions into a Just Society,” The Quarterly Journal of Ideology, Vol. 14, 1990.
  • “Private Prisons: Cons and Pros,” Social Forces: A Journal of Southern Sociological Society, Vol. 70(1): 292-93, September 1991 (Charles M. Logan’s Book Review).

Research Monographs and Reports

  • Criminal Justice Comprehensive Program Review Report, submitted to Dr. Donte Truss, the Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Fort Valley State University, Spring 2016.
  • Voices From Prison: An Ethnographic Analysis Of Black Male Prisoners, final report for DuBois Mellon grant submitted to Southern Center for Policy Studies, Clark Atlanta University, July 2004 (with Komanduri Murty).
  • The Evaluation of a Work Release Program in West Virginia, written for the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, D.C., Grant Number 91-BJ-CX-K030, July 1992 (with Christine Barry).
  • West Virginia Criminal Justice Directory: 1993-95, prepared for the U. S. Department of Justice,
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, D.C., Grant Number 91-BJ-CX-K030, July 1993 (with Girmay Berhie, Karen Nance, Joseph McCoy and Stuart Thomas, Jr.).
  • The West Virginia Violent Crime Dataset , written for the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, D.C., Grant Number 91-BJ-CX-K030, May 1992 (with Christine Barry).
  • The West Virginia Victimization Survey, written for the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, D.C., Grant Number 91-BJ-CX-K030, July 1992 (with Christine Barry and Key Sun).

Publications Under Review

  • “Disproportionate Minority Confinement,” for publication in Justice Quarterly.
  • “DNA Exonerations and Its Impact on African American Families,” submitted to the Journal of Black Studies.