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Dr. Mathilda Spencer


  • B.A. General Arts and Sciences: The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. Administration of Justice: Shippensburg University
  • Ph.D. Administration and Leadership Studies: Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Spencer has worked in the human services/criminal justice field for more than 30 years. Her teaching experience includes teaching sociology and supervising practicum students at Westmoreland County Community College and teaching criminology courses at Point Park University and Community College of Allegheny County. Prior to joining Cal U she was the assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and her responsibilities included oversight of the newly formed criminal justice curriculum.

Prior to joining UPT, Dr. Spencer was an adult probation/parole officer for Allegheny County Adult Probation and Parole. In this role Dr. Spencer supervised the domestic violence caseload and independently contracted as a pre-sentence investigator. As a juvenile probation officer Dr. Spencer worked with juvenile sex offenders and was the supervisor of both the investigations and school-based probation units.

Dr. Spencer has conducted numerous presentations regarding race and race relations for the student body at University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. Dr. Spencer’s research focused on how probation officers supervise their domestic violence caseload. She presented the results of her dissertation research at a national conference of the American Probation and Parole Association. Dr. Spencer had the honor of presenting the very important topic of multiculturalism and the criminal justice system at the 9th Homeland and International Security Conference, held here at California University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Spencer has been honored by the New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest African-American newspapers in the country, at the “Women of Excellence” luncheon. The event is held to recognize the women within this community who work so tirelessly to make a positive impact on Pittsburgh. 

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Criminal Justice

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice