Gail Sears Humiston is a senior lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.  She received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs, Criminal Justice track, from the University of Central Florida in 2014.  Her most recent publications are a book chapter entitled The Progression of Women Police: A Comparative Analysis and a text entitled Criminal Justice Organizations: Structure, Relationships, Control, and Planning.

Dr. Humiston has won numerous awards for innovative and online teaching.  Most notably, in 2021, she won Honorable Mention for UCF's Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.  In 2020, she won the UCF Faculty Excellence Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) award, as well as the Department of Criminal Justice's Excellence in Teaching award. Two of her web-based courses carry Florida State University System's High Quality online course designations, while three other courses have earned Quality designations.

In 2018, she was awarded a two-year teaching program innovation grant from UCF’s What’s Next Quality Enhancement Plan and subsequently published the Intersections of justice and ethics: An integrative-experiential learning Webcourse module with UCF's What’s Next Faculty Resources.  Her related course, Capstone: Criminal Justice Ethics, carries the High Impact Practice (HIP) course designation of for Integrative Experiences (IE).

Dr. Humiston's research interests include criminal justice organizations and interorganizational relationships, offender reentry, gender, comparative justice, and criminal justice education.

Areas of Expertise
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs/Criminal Justice Track, University of Central Florida (December, 2014)
  • Master of Science, Criminal Justice, Illinois State University (August, 2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude), University of Illinois at Springfield (August, 2005)
  • Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal, Illinois Central College (May, 2001)


Research Interests
  • Criminal Justice Organizations and Partnerships
  • Women in Policing
  • Criminal Justice Education


  • Criminal Justice Scholar's Track BA/BS Liaison, 2021- present
  • UCF ADL 5000 Mentorship (Center for Distributed Learning) CCJ 4701 Research Methods in Criminal Justice, 2022
  • Department of Criminal Justice Scholarship Committee, 2018- present


  • Chuck D. Dziuban Award: Excellence in Online Teaching – Honorable Mention, 2021
  • UCF Faculty Excellence Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award, 2020
  • Department of Criminal Justice Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020
  • UCF Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Certificate, 2021-2022
  • Florida State University System: Online Course High Quality Webcourse Designations for 1) CCJ 4054 Capstone Criminal Justice Ethics and 2) CJL 3510 Prosecution & Adjudication, 2021
  • Florida State University System: Online Course Quality Webcourse Designations for 1) CJL 3510 Prosecution & Adjudication, 2) CCJ 6118 Criminal Justice Organizations, 3) CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System, 4) CCJ 4054 Capstone: Criminal Justice Ethics, and 5) CCJ 3450 Criminal Justice Management & Liability Issues, 2020-2022


  • Prosecution and Adjudication (Lecture & Webcourse) (Florida SUS Online High Quality Designation) (AIM Designation) (Dziuban Award - Honorable Mention 2021)
  • Capstone: CJ Ethics (Lecture & Webcourse) (Florida SUS Online High Quality Designation) (IE Designated Course)
  • Criminal Justice Management & Liability Issues (Webcourse) (Florida SUS Online Quality Designation)
  • Criminal Justice System (Lecture & Webcourse) (Florida SUS Online Quality Designation)
  • Research Methods (Lecture & Webcourse)
  • Data Analysis (Lecture & Webcourse)
  • Women and Crime (Lecture & Webcourse)
  • Criminal Sentencing (Lecture & Webcourse)
  • Crime in America (Lecture)
  • Comparative Justice Systems (Lecture)

Criminal Justice Organizations (Webcourse) (Florida SUS Online Quality Designation)