Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Cindy A. Boyles

Cindy A. Boyles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
UT Martin – ECOS


Cindy Boyles grew up in Northwest Georgia. She attended Auburn University in Alabama were she was a member of the marching and concert bands. The very first football game her freshman year was in Knoxville, and Cindy remembers being amazed by the size of Neyland Stadium (Auburn actually won that game). Cindy completed an internship with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office where she discovered stolen guns and went on a moonshine still raid. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She then earned her Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. While attending graduate school, she worked as a loss prevention specialist in a major retail store where she chased and fought with shoplifters. During one especially delightful summer she lived at Clearwater Beach and worked as the night manager at a beachside deli.


After stints working for a big box toy store and a sub shop, Cindy was hired by Orange County Government in Orlando, Florida, in the Community Corrections Division. Through the years with Orange County and other agencies, Cindy worked as a probation officer and training officer, she managed residential and non-residential programs for children in the foster care system, was a facilitator of a batterers intervention program, oversaw administrative functions of a large division, managed the staff training unit, and served as a manager. She has over 14 years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience in corrections and family services. Cindy recently retired from Orange County after serving the public for 30 years.


While working for Orange County, Cindy completed her Doctorate of Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. She taught at UCF as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department for several years and was accepted as an instructor for the graduate program.


Teaching at UT Martin is the fulfillment of a longtime dream. Cindy obtained her doctorate and became an adjunct professor with the specific goal in mind of one day becoming a full-time professor. She is excited about being a Skyhawk and enjoys living in Jackson. Her inspiration for teaching is a family tradition. Her mother taught high school for many years, and Cindy caught the exhilarating thrill she saw in her mother when she helped a student have new experiences and discoveries. Cindy is continually seeking ways to improve the classroom experience for her students to ensure they have memorable experiences.


Cindy joins the other faculty and staff members at the extended campus centers to expand higher education opportunities in West Tennessee. Even though new to this area, Cindy already has a strong sense of commitment and loyalty to the region and to UT Martin. She is looking forward to the growth of the Criminal Justice Program at the extended campuses, as well as that of the other programs.


Cindy believes her role is to challenge students to think for themselves. She is often heard saying to her classes, “Sapere aude,” which translates to “dare to think!” She encourages students to take advantage of the amazing resources offered by UT Martin so they can make their future dreams come true.

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