L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Jill Gordon

Associate dean of faculty and academic affairs, professor

Scherer Hall, Room 505 Phone: (804) 827-0901 Email: jagordon@vcu.edu


  • Corrections
  • Correction officer culture and climate
  • Safety in prison – correctional staff perspective; evaluation research


B.S., Criminal Justice, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Ohio


Graduate and undergraduate research methods, criminal justice system, institutional corrections, graduate seminar in criminal justice, introduction to corrections, evaluation and treatment of the offender

Research interests

Evaluative studies of correctional policy encompassing both adult and juvenile systems; correctional employees’ attitudes toward work, clients and overall organizational issues; domestic violence issues related to the criminal justice response


Gordon, associate dean of faculty and academic affairs at the Wilder School, has conducted qualitative and quantitative research investigating community and institutional corrections that appears in a number of scholarly outlets. Her research interests center on correctional employees’ attitudes toward work environment and culture, correctional program effectiveness, correctional staff workforce perceptions and domestic violence programming. She is currently working on a multi-site project examining perceptions of culture and climate among correctional officers and inmates. Gordon has experience in evaluation research covering both community and institutional corrections with the majority of this work being supported by federal, state or local funding.