Senior Lecturer and Professor Keith L. Owens, CRCJ, received the Gertrude Golladay Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts on September 20, 2018. Professor Owens has been at University of Texas at Arlington since January 2015 and is an alumnus from UTA Fort Worth’s M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Cohort – Class of 2013.
Professor Owens was chosen from more than 300 College of Liberal Arts faculty based on surveys by the Liberal Arts Constituency Council, a student group that works to have student voices heard.
Professor Owens retired as a Special Agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is located in Dallas, Texas. Agent Owens was assigned to the Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling Group, which is comprised of the North Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Agent Owens was employed with the federal government for approximately 32 1/2 years and was responsible for conducting criminal investigations regarding violations and offenses related to state and federal law. His responsibilities included the identification, investigation, and prosecution of individuals and organizations involved in labor and sex trafficking, which is known as Human Trafficking.
Agent Owens’ career in law enforcement commenced with the Internal Revenue Service – Inspection Service followed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General for Investigations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, and the United States Customs Service – Office of Investigations.