Paula K. Rector


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • MS, Criminology, 2002, Northern Arizona University
  • BS, Crime and Society and Sociology, 2000, Missouri State University



  • CRM 210 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

  • CRM 325 Family Violence
  • CRM 330 Juvenile Justice
  • CRM 415 Difference and Diversity in Criminology

Research and professional interests

Ms. Rector is very involved in the local community serving on the Greene County Domestic Violence Task Force and contributing her time to a domestic violence shelter. Paula has also played a key role in the development of a local family justice center and she is instrumental in organizing the very popular Stop the Violence conference held on the Missouri State campus.

Awards and honors

  • Women of Distinction Honorable Mention, Missouri State University, 2019
  • Board of Governors Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Award, Missouri State University, 2017
  • Faculty Mentor Honoree, Missouri State University, 2016
  • Faculty Excellence in Community Service Award, Missouri State University, 2014
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Northern Arizona University, 2007
  • LOUIE Teaching Award, Northern Arizona University, 2003