Dr. Stephen Owen

Professor of Criminal Justice

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • M.A., University of Missouri - St. Louis

  • B.S., Southeast Missouri State University

Dr. Owen joined the Radford University faculty in 2000.



Dr. Owen’s primary area of focus is emergency management and planning.  Dr. Owen is currently conducting research on the evolution and implementation of incident command at active shooter events.  Dr. Owen is also exploring how improvisational theatre techniques may promote effective interpersonal communication and community relations in criminal justice professions.  In addition, he has conducted research on a variety of other issues, including criminal justice education, institutional corrections, LGBTQ+ issues in criminal justice, interpersonal violence, and criminal justice policy.  

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Owen is Chair of the New River Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Emergency Management Association, and has assisted with the design of local and regional emergency exercises.  In addition, Dr. Owen has served as a member of the planning team for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s annual tabletop exercise for institutions of higher education and participates in the Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Program’s Case Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group.  Dr. Owen’s introductory criminal justice textbook, Foundations of Criminal Justice, is now in its third edition (2019, Oxford University Press), and he has also authored over 80 book chapters, articles, proceedings, encyclopedia entries, and reviews.  Dr. Owen was the 2015 recipient of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2012 recipient of the Radford University Distinguished Creative Scholar Award and the 2010 recipient of the Radford University Distinguished Service Award.    Additional information about professional activities is available on Dr. Owen's vita.