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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Dr. Scott Belshaw

Dr. Scott Belshaw

As an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Director of the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab, Dr. Scott Belshaw works to develop technology that helps catch criminals. A U.S. Navy veteran, he considers himself a "dark web expert" and his research interests include cyber security and crime. He has enjoyed working at UNT World for 13 years and loves "working with the awesome students we have at UNT."

Judging by his photo, you might think Dr. Belshaw's favorite place to travel is Mexico or maybe Central or South

America, but you'd be wrong. He has a very specific (and tasty) employee benefit he'd like UNT World to consider -- surely one that every carnivorous Texan can get behind. And, Dr. Belshaw is the proprietor of a quite active and often humorous Twitter account (@drscottbelshaw) with tweets like this Happy Thanksgiving message (maybe don't show to your young children if they watch Sesame Street). To learn more about the man with the iguana on his head, click the button below.

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
More places on campus where the faculty/staff can barbecue. I love barbecue and the faculty and staff should be able to do it more often and at work.

What is your proudest work moment?
Seeing my students graduate from college.

What is your proudest non-work moment?
Being married to my wife, Amanda, and the birth of my two sons (Clayton and Dillon). Clayton spent two years at UNT and is at Mississippi State, and Dillon is currently an undergraduate student. 

What fact about you might surprise your colleagues?
My family was in the NASA space program. My father was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work at NASA. I also served in the U.S. Navy and during Operation Desert Storm.

Inspirational Hero?: My father is my inspirational hero. He taught me the skills I needed to be a productive member of society. When things got tough in my life, he never gave up on me. 
Place to visit?: London, England. I have friends that live there. Love the history and the food. Love teaching at the local universities; knowing that you are teaching in a building that was built in the 1300s. I have a good friend that lives in the Tower of London. Love to go there and walk the grounds after dark. 
Charitable cause?: Scottish Rite for Children and Shriners Burns Hospital. I spend outside time involved with patients and staff of these two hospitals. The good deeds they do for people humbles me every day.