Suzanne Beardsley

Suzanne Beardsley

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Why I Teach at Houghton

As a former New York City police officer, I look forward to working with Houghton students who feel a calling into the field of criminal justice. What I have learned about being a Christian in this field is what I most want my students to know: you don’t have to preach to witness; you don’t have to testify to save; if you love God and legitimately care about others, your faith will shine through your uniform. It is our actions and attitudes that draw people to Christ, far more than our words or appearance.

I grew up here in Houghton, and I am excited to share my experiences in urban law enforcement with my students. I see teaching as my opportunity to invest in those who are going to make a difference—those who are going to go out and serve.


  • M.A., Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY (1999)
  • B.A., Psychology, Houghton College, Houghton, NY (1994)
  • Police Officer, New York City Police Academy, NY, NY (2001-2002)

Teaching at Houghton

  • CRJ201 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Bryant and Stratton, Rochester, NY
  • Police Officer, NYPD 41 Precinct, Bronx, NY
  • Administrator, Gateway to Higher Education, City University of New York, NY, NY
  • Advocate, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention, NY, NY
  • Assistant Registrar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
  • Director of the Learning Center, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, NY, NY
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