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Kerry Erisman

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’89 Criminology | Associate Professor, American Public University System | Charles Town, WV
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Kerry Erisman

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology

Liberal Arts Minor: Sociology

Hometown: Huntingdon, PA

Current Location: Fairfax Station, VA

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

I participated in Administration of Justice/Criminology honors classes while at Penn State.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

I attended Temple University School of Law after graduating from Penn State, and then became commissioned in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. I ultimately served twenty-eight years in the Army, first as an enlisted MP and then as an attorney.

What was your favorite class and/or who was your favorite faculty member?

I thoroughly enjoyed my criminology classes, especially the honors classes. My favorite faculty member was Dr. Stephen Mastrofski. He demanded excellence, and I took every class he taught. Dr. Mastrofski had a lasting impact on many of the students who took his classes.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

My Criminology degree was a perfect segue to law school. I was extremely prepared for the rigors of law school due to my time at Penn State.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

Reach out and speak with as many Penn State graduates as you can. We will answer your questions and share the knowledge we have from our years of experience. Penn State has the largest and greatest Alumni Association in the World, so use it to your benefit.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

I was fortunate to have the highest quality mentors while in the Army. As I rose in rank, my favorite part of the Army was being able to mentor those who worked for me.

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