Meet Timothy Hart
Associate Professor, Criminology
Phone: (813) 257-3329
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
Building: SC Room: 255
1992 University of Florida, B.A.
1997 University of Memphis, M.A.
2006 University of South Florida, Ph.D.
Courses TaughtResearch Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (U/G)
Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (U/G)
Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping (U/G)
Campus Crime (U)
Survey of the Criminal Justice System (U)
Timothy Hart's areas of academic interest include applied statistics and quantitative methodologies, geographic information systems (GIS) and victimization.
Professional and Community Activities
Hart's current research activities focus on internationalizing his research profile, developing innovative quantitative analytic methods, and making scholarly advances in victimization and fear of crime research. In 2020-2021, his solo-authored research article on the dynamic variability of crime hot spots appeared in the journal Criminal Justice Review. He also was the sole author of an entry on Conjunctive Analysis of Case Configurations that appears in Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
In June, Hart presented a workshop to members of the Florida Crime Analysts Association. It focused on how law enforcement in the state could improve hot spot policing efforts by examining crime pattern stability at micro-temporal intervals.
In terms of service to the community, during the 2020-2021 school year, Hart continued his volunteer work with Boca Ciega High School’s Pirate Athletes’ Hall of Fame organization. Over the summer, he also coordinated the recommencement of Weedon Island Preserve’s parkrun, which was postponed for over a year due to COVID-19. Weedon Island Preserve parkrun is a free volunteer-organized 5K run, jog or walk that takes place in local parks throughout the world every Saturday morning. Weedon Island Preserve parkrun is one of only four parkruns in the state of Florida and only one of a few dozen in the U.S.
Honors and Awards
Excellence in Scholarship and Research - University of Tampa, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (CSSME) (2020-2021)
Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management’s 2015 Outstanding Paper Award and the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence for the article titled, “Kernel Density Estimation and Hotspot Mapping: Examining the Influence of Interpolation Method, Grid Cell Size, and Bandwidth on Crime Forecasting.”
Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management’s 2014 Highly Commendable Paper Award for the article titled, “Reference data and geocoding quality: Examining Completeness and Positional Accuracy of Street Geocoded Crime Incidents”.
Justice Research and Statistics Association’s (JRSA) 2010 Technical Innovation Award for the impact made by the grant-funded initiative, “Nevada’s Arrest-related Deaths in Custody: A Data Collection Assistance Project”.
Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (1997-1999)