Michelle Rippy Faculty Profile

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Michelle  Rippy

Assistant Professor | Director, Forensic Science Research Center

Department of Criminal Justice

I am a proud first-generation student who attended CSU East Bay for my undergraduate studies.  My career has included working in law enforcement, medicolegal death investigations, and technology fields, including managerial and executive positions.  I am passionate about internships and student success, as well as data-driven research that shapes practices in law enforcement, forensic science, and higher education.

In May 2022, President Sandeen approved the creation of the Forensic Science Research Center (FSRC) at CSUEB. As the director of the FSRC, I look forward to bringing research, internship, education, and other collaborative opportunities to CSUEB students and our local community. 

I am on sabbatical until August 2023 and will be checking emails periodically. Should you need immediate assistance, please reach out to criminaljustice@csueastbay.edu.

My professional focus is in the fields of forensic science, medicolegal death investigation, law enforcement, criminal investigations, and first-generation student success.  I enjoy engaging students in research and look forward to many more collaborative research projects in the future.

  • B.S., Special Major Forensic Science - California State University - East Bay
  • M.F.S., Masters of Forensic Science - National University
  • Ed.D., Organizational Change and Leadership - University of Southern California

Not teaching this semester.

  • Rippy, M. (2021). A clear new way to identify decedents: The role of clear orthodontic appliances in forensic identification. Journal of Forensic Identification, 71(4), 263-274. 
  • Rippy, M. & Munoz, M. (2020). Designing authentic online courses intra- and post-pandemic in Studies. In R. Chan, K. Bista, & R. Allen (Eds), Online teaching and learning in higher education during COVID-19. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003125921
  • Rippy, M. (2020, July). Pencils to Patrol Cars. Police Chief, 87(7), 59.
  • Rippy, M. (2020). Thawing cold-cases in the classroom. Journal of Forensic Science Education, 2(1), 20-25.
  • Rippy, M., Munoz, M. (2019). Integration of engaging social justice assignments into online courses.
    Ubiquitous Learning, 12(2), 25-38. doi.org/10.18848/1835-9795/CGP/v12i02/25-38
  • Rippy, M. (2019). First-generation student hints, tips, and terms. In L. Ramirez (Ed.), You are not
    alone: Recipes to obtain success by students for students
    (23-26). Velazquez Press.
  • Rippy, M. (2019). Careers in criminal justice. In L. Ramirez (Ed.), You are not alone: Recipes to obtain
    success by students for students
    (116-119). Velazquez Press.
  • Rippy, M. (2019). Patronizing and Prostitution. In F Bernet & K. Frailing (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. doi.org/10.1002/9781118929803.ewac0392

  • Jackson, S. & Rippy, M. (2022, November - forthcoming). Troubleshooting violence: An evaluation of ghost guns and firearm-related violence in a Bay Area City. Accepted presentation at the American Society of Criminology Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
  • Rippy, M. & Jackson, S. (2022, August - forthcoming). Fatal felonious Peace Officer Deaths during Traffic Stops: Profile, Training, and retraining. Accepted presentation at the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Impaired Driving & Traffic Safety Conference in San Antonio, TX.
  • Jackson, S. & Rippy, M. (2022, March). Fatal felonious law enforcement traffic stops: The role of training, retraining, and vigilance decrement. Presentation at the annual Academy of Criminal Justice Studies Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Rippy, M. & Jackson, S. (2022, February). The role of training and retraining in fatal felonious law enforcement traffic stop-related deaths. Accepted presentation at the annual Western Society of Criminology Conference in Honolulu, HI. Did not attend due to COVID.
  • Jackson, S. & Rippy, M. (2021, November). Felonious law enforcement deaths in the course of traffic stops: 1990-2020 in review. Presentation at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.
  • Rippy, M. (2020, September). The use of tympanic thermometers to narrow the time of death window. Presentation accepted for the International Association of Forensic Science annual conference in Sydney, Australia.  Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Rippy, M. (2020, June). First-generation student success in an hour or less. Presentation accepted for the NASPA Conference on Student Success in Higher Education in Baltimore, MD. Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Rippy, M., Munoz, M., & Borden, K. (2020, March). Student success in an hour or less.  Abstract accepted for the Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning in Fullerton, CA.  Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Rippy, M., & Munoz, M. (2020, March). Creating engaging online social justice assignments with a focus on community engagement. Presentation accepted at the Campus Compact’s Compact20 national conference in Seattle, WA.  Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Marwah, S., Rippy, M., & Jackson, S. (2019, November). Abductive reasoning in criminal investigations. Presentation by S. Marwah at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, July). Increasing engagement, enhancing course knowledge, and fostering student success with volunteerism. Presentation at the EDU Learn Annual Conference, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. org/10.21125/edulearn.2019
  • Rippy, M. (2019, May). Family assistance centers in mass fatality incidents. Invited presentation at the California Association of Criminalists Annual Conference, Oakland, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, May). Internships and collaborative learning for forensic science students in crime labs. Presentation at the California Association of Crime Lab Directors Annual Conference, Oakland, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, April).  Time of death and identification in medicolegal death investigationsInvited presentation at the California State Division of the International Association for Identification Annual Conference, Burlingame, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, February).  The use of large-scale faux crime scenes and cold case coursework to teach forensic science in social science-based coursework. Presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Science Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, January).  Time of death determination in medicolegal death investigations.  Presentation at the International Conference on Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Rippy, M. & CSUEB Office of the Online Campus. (2018, November).  Becoming a QM believer – certification and institutional supportInvited presentation at the Quality Matter’s Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Rippy, M. & Saelee, C. (2018, October).  The pursuit of quality in criminal justice online coursework.  Presentation at the Western Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Rippy, M. (2018, August).  Focus on our first-generation students.  Presentation at Back to the Bay CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2018, May). Evidence Collection and Identification of Decedents in a Large Commercial Airplane Crash.  Presentation at the California Association of Criminalists Annual Conference, Concord, CA. 
  • Rippy, M. (2018, May).  Time of Death and Current Research.  Presentation at the California Association of Criminalists Annual Conference, Concord, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2018, April).  Killing Time: Use of Tympanic Thermometers in Medicolegal Investigations. Poster presentation at the Faculty Research Symposium at CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2018, April).  Improving Student Success and Increasing Understanding with Volunteerism. Presentation at the CSU Symposium + Polyteach Productive Disruption Conference at CSU Pomona,Pomona, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, October).  High Impact Practices in the Classroom – Community Engagement. Presentation to Faculty working towards HIP certification at CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, September).  Quality Matters Coursework and Certification.  Presentation to faculty at Back to the Bay at CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, September).  Community Engagement in Coursework.  Presentation to faculty at Back to the Bay at CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, July).  Major Case Study and Media Management.  Presentation for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Komorosky, D. & Rippy, M. (2016, February).  The Use of Forensic Science in Wildlife Crime. Presentation for the Western Society of Criminology, Vancouver, BC.
  • Rippy, M. (2013, February).  Disaster Situations and Medicolegal Death Investigations.  Presentation at the San Francisco International Airport, Millbrae, CA.
  • Taylor, M. & Rippy, M. (2007-2008).  Hotel and Motel Interdiction and Undercover Operations. Presentation for the California Narcotics Officers Association, Various locations in CA.
  • Taylor, M. & Rippy, M. (2007, November).  Hotel and Motel Interdiction and Undercover Operations. Presentation for the Annual California Narcotics Officers Association Conference, Reno, NV.

  • Rippy, M. (2022, May). 2022-2023 Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Support Grant. Awarded $7000.
  • Rippy, M. (2022, February). California POST Coroner Course Finalization. Awarded $5000.
  • Rippy, M. (2021, April). Research Associate for Hyflex-Student Pilot Evaluation. Awarded $2000.
  • Rippy, M. (2021, March). Assigned Time for Exceptional Level of Service to Students. Awarded 2 WTU.
  • Rippy, M. (2020, December). California POST Coroner Course Redesign.  Awarded $20,000.
  • Rippy, M. (2020, October). Program Evaluation for the City of Hayward's Navigation Center. Awarded $50,000 over 3 years.
  • Rippy, M. (2020, April). Assigned Time for Exceptional Level of Service to Students. Awarded 3 WTU.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, December). Adobe Award for Digital Storytelling. $1000 award.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, March). Assigned Time for Exceptional Level of Service to Students. Awarded 2 WTU.
  • Rippy, M. (2019, March). ALS Advocate – Reduction in Textbook Costs. $1000 award.
  • Rippy, M. (2018, October). First-Generation Freshmen Success Cohort – GI 2025 funding. Awarded
    $6500 for Fall 2019 and $3500 for Spring 2019.
  • Rippy, M. (2018, September). Online and Hybrid Course Transformation Grant. Awarded $2500 for
    CRJA 3800 – Forensic Science.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, November).  Faculty Support Grant for Time of Death Research.  Awarded $5000.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, July). Digging up Data for the Medical Examiners and Coroner’s Office – Department of Justice Grant for $721.083.50.  Not awarded.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, July).  Online and Hybrid Course Quality Transformation Grant.  Awarded $2500 – in progress for CRJA 3400 – Advanced Criminal Investigation.
  • Rippy, M. (2017, February).  Online and Hybrid Course Quality Transformation Grant.  Awarded $4500 – completed for CRJA 3300 – Crime Prevention and Control.
  • Rippy, M. (2016, October).  Online and Hybrid Course Quality Transformation Grant.  Awarded $4500 – completed for CRJA 2200 – Basic Criminal Investigation.


  • CSUEB Educational Foundation Board of Trustees Ex-Officio Trustee (08/2021 to current)
  • Disruptive Behavior Taskforce (08/2021 to current)
  • CSUEB Alumni Association President (07/2021 to current)
  • International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners - Treasurer (07/2021 to current)
  • OSAC-NIST Medicolegal Death Investigations Subcommittee - Executive Secretary (03/2021 to current)
  • CSUEB Police Department Community Engagement Taskforce (02/2021 to current)
  • Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) - Medicolegal Investigations Member (10/2020 to current)
  • Equitable Student Experience Subcommittee - CSU East Bay (09/2020 to current)
  • Service-Learning Ad Hoc Subcommittee of CIC – CSU East Bay (01/2019 to current)
  • Student Success and Retention Subcommittee – CSU East Bay (04/2018 to current)
  • Board Member of the California State University East Bay Alumni Association (07/2017 to current)
  • Board Member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (11/2016 to current)
  • Volunteer Team Leader for the SF Building – CSU East Bay (2016 to current)
  • Faculty Senate Secretary – CSU East Bay (08/2019 to 05/2021)
  • Faculty Senator at California State University East Bay (10/2017 to 05/2021)
  • UDO Classroom De-escalation Taskforce (10/2020 to 06/2021)
  • Campus Strategic Planning Committee - CSU East Bay (01/2020 to 12/2020)
  • Rapid Action Advisory II Co-Chair - CSU East Bay (04/2020 to 07/2020)
  • University Writing Skills Requirement Taskforce – CSU East Bay (09/2019 to 05/2020)
  • New Student Orientation Taskforce – CSU East Bay (09/2019 to 05/2020)
  • Rapid Action Advisory Co-Chair - CSU East Bay (03/2020 to 04/2020)
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences Elections Committee – CSU East Bay (09/2019)
  • Criminal Justice Department Faculty Search Committee – CSU East Bay (08/2019 to 12/2019)
  • Faculty Learning Community – Teaching with Technology – CSU East Bay (11/2018 to 05/2019)
  • Student Success Services Task Force – CSU East Bay (02/2019 to 04/2019)
  • Climate Action Plan (CAP IT) Committee – CSU East Bay (10/2018 to 05/2019)
  • Campus Sustainability Committee – CSU East Bay (11/2016 to 05/2019)
  • Title IX Task Force – CSU East Bay (02/2016 to 12/2017)
  • CSUEB Faculty and Staff 2019 Giving Campaign Co-Chair – Gown for Grads Initiative (Fall 2019)
  • CSUEB Faculty and Staff 2018 Giving Campaign Co-Chair (Fall 2018)
  • Institutional Learning Outcome in Social Responsibility – Faculty Assessment at CSU East Bay (Spring 2018)
  • Faculty in Residence – Faculty Learning Community for Social Justice Course Overlays (10/2017 to 06/2018)
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainability – CSU East Bay (10/2016 to 06/2017)
  • Faculty Learning Community – Student Success (11/2016 to 06/2017)
  • Semester Conversion of Criminal Justice Major – CSU East Bay (04/2015 to 09/2015)

  • 2021: CSUEB's Exceptional Level of Service to Students for AY 2021-2022
  • 2021: NACADA Region 9 Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor Award
  • 2020: CSUEB Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Recipient
  • 2020: NACADA's Outstanding Advising Award Certificate of Merit in Faculty Advising
  • 2020: CSUEB Diversity Advisory Council’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarly, Programmatic, or Artistic Output Award
  • 2020: CSUEB’s Exceptional Level of Service to Students for AY 2020-2021
  • 2019: CSUEB's Student Organization Leadership & Recognition Outstanding Staff/Faculty Advisor
  • 2019: CSUEB’s Exceptional Level of Service to Students for AY 2019-2020
  • 2018: CSUEB’s Exceptional Level of Service to Students for AY 2018-2019
  • 2010: County of San Mateo Employee of the Month - August 2010