L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Jill Gordon

Professor and Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

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, senior associate dean of faculty and academic affairs at the Wilder School, is responsible for assisting, mentoring and supporting faculty and guiding the academic and student curricular requirements in the school.  During or prior to her current role, she served as interim associate dean for research, interim director of graduate student service and advising and chair of the criminal justice program.

Her research interests center on correctional employees’ attitudes toward work environment and culture, correctional program effectiveness and correctional staff workforce perceptions; she incorporates both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Gordon, along with a colleague, conducted 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.