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Dr. Kathleen Cameron

Students, colleagues grieve loss of faculty member 

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are mourning the loss of faculty member Dr. Kathleen Cameron, an associate professor of Justice Studies in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, who died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, after a prolonged illness.

“Dr. Cameron loved teaching and the difference it could make in the life of a student,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “She was a leader in the field of Justice Studies, both at our university and on the national stage. On behalf of Pittsburg State University, I offer my condolences to her family and friends.” 

Department Chair Barbara Bonnekessen said Cameron was a wonderful colleague and her loss will be felt for a long time. 

"I have known Kathleen for just short of four years and we will dearly miss her and her enthusiasm for teaching," Bonnekessen said. "She helped build our Justice Studies program into one of the most successful programs in the department." 

Kathleen Cameron

"Dr. K," as she was known to students, is a native of Washington State and was raised in Seattle. She earned her Bachelor's in Philosophy and Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in 1986. 

She moved to Arizona that year with her two sons to attend graduate school in the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. When she completed her Ph.D. in 1996, she moved to Pittsburg to join the faculty of the Social Sciences department and lead the design and development of the Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies.   

Cameron taught courses that ranged from Serial Killers to Ethics and Justice Policy. 

Senior Nina Pittman, a criminal justice major, said Cameron played a pivotal role in her education and her future. Cameron had recently helped Pittman in her quest to get into graduate school. 

"Dr. K has made a huge impact in my life and who I am today," Pittman said. "I can't thank her enough for always pushing me to my highest potential. She was always reminding me that my work was outstanding and that she loved having me as a student in her classes." 

Pittman described her as bright and spontaneous, and a person who clearly loved teaching. 

"She made learning in her classes so fun and interesting," Pittman said. "There was never a student in the room she didn't care about." 

"I wish I would have gotten the chance to tell her I have chosen to attend Arizona State for graduate school. I can just picture her reaction, because that's where she attended graduate school to pursue her PhD." 

Cameron's research interests included pedagogy of justice studies, serial homicide, gender and crime (specifically female offending), social and political change, jurisprudence, and crimes against humanity. She co-edited a book, "Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System," published in 2016. 

In addition to teaching, she enjoyed yoga, gardening, and reading. 

Service details will be announced at a later date.

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