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History, Politics, and Justice

Chad Loes

Professor of Criminal Justice


Chad Loes is Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of History, Politics, and Justice at Mount Mercy University. Arriving at Mount Mercy in the fall of 2001, he teaches a variety of courses such as senior seminar and research methodology. He held the Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence from 2010–2012 and continues to serve as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Loes’s criminal justice research centers on diversity issues and citizen attitudes towards the criminal justice system. Specifically, he has conducted research on in-service multicultural training among Iowa police departments as well as citizen perceptions of police effectiveness. His higher education research focuses on how college affects students. He remains affiliated with the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at The University of Iowa where he writes on an array of college impact topics such as cognitive development/critical thinking, missing data, student persistence, academic achievement, active and collaborative learning, academic motivation, technology, deep approaches to learning, binge drinking, effective instruction, and diversity. His research on diversity and critical thinking was used in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, he has presented his research at numerous international and domestic conferences, and he has also worked as a research consultant for the U.S. government.

His work appears in a variety of outlets such as The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Higher Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, New Directions for Higher Education, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Iowa Law Enforcement, The Health Care Manager, and Nursing Administration Quarterly.

Additional Information

  • PhD University of Iowa
  • MA Western Illinois University
  • BA Mount Mercy College