Joe Michaels

Adjunct Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Easton 333 1 (267) 620-4755

About Me

Joe Michaels has taught at Arcadia since 2004.  A long-time counselor and administrator in treatment programs in area prisons, Professor Michaels has a Master’s Degree from Fairfield University.  He has taught a variety of courses at Arcadia, most frequently with a focus on prisons, the criminal mind or correctional rehabilitation.  Professor Michaels developed and taught the first Inside-Out course at Arcadia.

Education History

Temple University

ABD, Criminal Justice


Administrative Experience

  •  Director: Bucks County Sex Offender Program, 1994-96.
  • Treatment Director, Genesis II, Philadelphia, 1990-1991.
  • Vice-President of Treatment Services, Program Planning and Evaluation, The Bridge, a.k.a. The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase. 1987-1989. Significant grant writing responsibilities. Funded primarily through a federal grant, additional programming supported through local and private grants.
  • Treatment Director, The Bridge, a.k.a. The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase.1978-1987.
  • Director, Out-Patient Services, The Bridge, a.k.a. The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase, 1975-78
  • Bucks County Prison: Facilitate Drug/Alcohol Chronic Relapse Groups, Dual-Diagnoses Groups, Female groups, (1989 – 2002). Basic       Addictions, Relapse Prevention, Re-Entry groups, (2002- 2008). Individual sessions, (1989 – 2008).
  • Bucks County Community Corrections Center: Instructor in Intensive Drug Program – tracts: emotional management and relapse prevention, (1990 – 2002). Emotional Management groups (2002 – 2008).
  • Bucks County Adult Probation/Parole: Provide community-based treatment for sex offenders under probation/parole stipulation,  (1992 – present).
  • Pa. State Board of Parole: Provide community-based treatment for sex-offenders under state parole supervision, (1992 – 2000).
  • Pa. State Association of Chiefs of Probation/Parole: Keynote Speaker, trainer for 1998 Annual Convention – Issues regarding Unified Court System, implications for county probation/parole.
Research Summary


Doctoral Research: Principle investigator researching the issue of “Intrusiveness in probation sentences.” The research is qualitative and investigates the effect of multiple conditions and requirements of those conditions on probation failure.

Research Assistant: As part of a research team under the direction of Wayne Welsh, Ph.D. took part in evaluational and process studies of drug and alcohol treatment programs in Pennsylvania State Prisons. Project was funded by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of a joint research agreement between Temple University and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, 1999.

Research Assistant: As part of a research team under the direction Kay Harris, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, worked within the guidelines of a cooperative agreement between Temple University and the National Institute of Corrections to develop a descriptive cataloging of gender-specific community corrections programs in the United States.