Sociology Professor Scott Akins came to Oregon State University in 2004, where he teaches classes both on campus and online. In addition to teaching, Scott has also served as a governor-appointed full member of the State of Oregon Law Enforcement Contacts Policy Committee and as a member of the Willamette Criminal Justice Commission. In 2014, Scott received the OSU College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher, Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on drug use policy.