William N. Osborne

William N. Osborne, Jr.

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Department of Criminal Justice

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in criminal justice, please send me an email or give me a call.
Email: wosborne@ferrum.edu
Office phone: (540) 365-4283
Office: Room 4, Roberts Hall
Teaching at Ferrum since: 2007

Schools Attended:

  • PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA, Union College
  • BS, Maryville College

Courses Taught:

  • CJU 201, Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJU 204, Fundamentals of Corrections
  • CJU 220, Criminal Law
  • CJU 320, Deviance and Social Control
  • CJU 404, Juvenile Justice System
  • CJU 406, Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
  • CJU 475, Directed Research in Criminal Justice
  • CJU 497, Special Topics in Criminal Justice, Experiential Learning Course
  • CJU 498, Senior Seminar
  • CJU 499, Internship


  • "Shock Incarceration: Theory and Practice." American Jails, July/August 1994.
  • "Low-Tech vs. No-Tech: An Evaluation of the Impact of Introducing Presentation Software into a Criminal Justice Classroom." Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall, 1998.
  • "Use of Graduated and Intermediate Sanctions in the Treatment of Chronic Truants: A Model Program for Rural Areas." American Criminal Justice Association L.A.E. Journal, 2008.

Projects and Research Interests:

My primary research interests are community corrections, work release, and recidivism. Another area of interest of mine is the "Thousand Kites" Project which is affiliated with The Roadside Theater of Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY. The purpose of the "Thousand Kites" Project is to make the community aware of the need for change in the American Criminal Justice System by telling the stories of correctional officers, inmates, and family members of inmates through live theater. The play has been performed by Ferrum College Students at both regional and national criminal justice conferences and it has been performed in prison settings both in Virginia and Kentucky.