Douglas L. Davis
Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Chief (Ret.) Davis is known for his expertise in police communications and patrol operations. Chief Davis began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Williamsburg, Virginia, Police Department. After serving in patrol and investigations, he was promoted to lieutenant and then promoted to major where he served as the commander of the uniform and support services divisions. In 2003, he was appointed as the chief of police for the city of Waynesboro. He retired from Waynesboro in February 2011 and has a consulting business. Active in many professional organizations, Chief Davis is the 2010–2011 president of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, chairman of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, past president of the Central Shenandoah Association of Chiefs of Police, past southwest regional representative on the Executive Board for the Hampton Roads Law Enforcement Information Exchange, past member of the executive board of the Capital Wireless Information Net, and member of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Public Safety Stakeholders Committee. Chief Davis is also a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Southern Criminal Justice Association and the Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators. Chief Davis currently sits on the Restorative Justice Executive Committee for Blue Ridge Court Services and the Alcohol Beverage Control Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. Chief Davis has a baccalaureate degree in Criminology from Saint Leo’s College and a master’s degree in Justice and Risk Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Professional Executive Leadership School conducted by the Virginia Police Chief’s Foundation at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Chief Davis serves as the faculty advisor for Nu Sigma, the Mary Baldwin Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Assistant professor Sarah H. Ludwig (Sally) practiced law with the firms of Smeltzer & Hart in Roanoke, Virginia, and Ludwig & Ludwig in Staunton, Virginia, before joining the Mary Baldwin faculty in 1992. Ludwig teaches Business Law I and II, Constitutional Law I and II, Mass Media Law and Ethics, and Judicial Process. She also serves as the Pre-legal advisor for Mary Baldwin students interested in law school or law related careers. Ludwig received a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA, and a MA in English from the University of Virginia. After teaching 11th and 12th grade English at Fairfax Hall School in Waynesboro for four years, she returned to school and received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to teaching part-time in the Residential College for Women, Dr. Ludwig also offers her courses as independent tutorials for Mary Baldwin Adult Degree Students. Her areas of special interest are First Amendment and Equal Protection law.
This Associate Professor of Sociology’s research includes work on educational attainment, race, religion, and environmental issues. His areas of interest include social movements, environmental sociology, community service, social inequality, sociology of education, sociology of religion, and mountaineering. Stuhlsatz received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wichita State University; a master’s degree in sociology from University of Wyoming, and a PhD in sociology from University of Virginia.
Originally from South Carolina, Carey Usher came to MBC in 2002 after completing her graduate work at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her dissertation research examined effects of neighborhood context and social capital on physical and mental health. Further extension of this study focused on social capital and community investment in high poverty areas. Her teaching interests include medical sociology, community and urban sociology, and research methodology. Current research focuses on student success in higher education, with emphases in transition, community cohesion and teaching and advisement. She is a strong supporter of single-gender education, having completed her undergraduate degree at Converse College in South Carolina. She advises several student organizations, including the Sociology Club, Habitat for Humanity, Campus Girl Scouts, Soles for Souls, and College Republicans, and the Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. Drs. Usher and Stuhlsatz are currently serving as Co-Principal Investigators on a gang-assessment initiative with the Office on Youth.
Professor of Sociology John Wells received a BA from Tusculum College, an MA from East Tennessee State University, and a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His areas of interest include drugs and society, sociology of the family, sex roles, and popular culture. Wells has published numerous articles on popular culture and rock and roll and he has written three novels, The Plague Year, The Barfly Boys, and Dinner for Two. Visit his website for more information.
Employed with the Staunton Police Department fresh out of college in 1984, Jim Williams has held every rank in the department, becoming chief in July 2003.
Williams graduated with a bachelor of science in administration of justice and a master of science in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
His background includes a commitment to community policing, geographical policing, and the use of research and technology to enhance law enforcement and criminal justice. He has been published in a number of periodicals, including the American Journal of Criminal Justice and American Police Beat.
Williams has served as an adjunct instructor at Blue Ridge Community College since 1991. He is past president of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the president of the Central Shenandoah Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia representative to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s State Association of Chiefs of Police, and the current president of the VCU Alumni Association.