Dr. Stephens was a city of Detroit police officer from 1975 to 1995, advancing from police officer to third deputy chief during that time period. Also during that time, she earned a BS and MS in criminal justice and a Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation with a cognate in criminal justice from Wayne State University.
Dr. Stephens has taught courses since 1984, first at Wayne State University, then at Marygrove College, where she is currently a part-time assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She has taught courses in both the Criminal Justice and the Sociology Departments, including Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Corrections, Police and Society, Deviant Behavior, Social Problems, and Criminal Behavior.
Dr. Stephens is currently developing an online course in Diversity for the new Marygrove Department of Criminal Justice Masters Program.