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Dr Joseph G Sandoval

Crimnl Justice & Criminology
WC 254 H

Vita File

Personal Biography Statement

Professor Joseph G. Sandoval began his career in the criminal justice area in 1967 with the City of Arvada, Colorado. He worked his way through the ranks as a patrol officer, detective with primary responsibilities for youth crimes and activities and Lieutenant. He left the employment with the City of Arvada in 1973 and began his teaching career in September 1973 as an Instructor in the Department of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State College.

During his career with Metropolitan State College of Denver, he has watched as the name of the department has evolved over the years from Law Enforcement to Law Enforcement and Criminology to Criminal Justice and Criminology. He also was a witness as a faculty member to the college modifying its name from Metropolitan State College to Metropolitan State College of Denver and in 2012 to Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was one of the original roadrunners from the 1960's as a student at the College graduating in 1970 with a baccalaureate degree. He joined the faculty as a roadrunner in 1973 until the move to the Auraria Campus in January 1977. Since January 1977, the campus has had various face lifts with Larimer and Lawrence Streets vacated from its path through the center of the campus with cars, trucks and buses competing for the space with students and faculty during that time.

Joseph G. Sandoval was promoted to Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement in 1977, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in 1984 and Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in 1988. During his teaching career at the College, he has earned a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law. In addition during this time he was licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and did practice law for over 20 years before taking an inactive status from practicing law.

Courses Taught


Office Hours

Monday - [11:00 to 13:00]
Tuesday - [09:00 to 12:00]
Wednesday - [12:00 to 16:00]
Thursday - [09:00 to 12:00]

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