William Dienstein was born on May 9, 1909 in
Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.A in Social Science
at Stanford University in 1931 and then attended Stanford Law School in 1932. Dienstein furthered his education and received
a M.A. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1939 and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Stanford University in 1959. Dienstein starting his teaching career as a public school teacher from 1935-1941
in the Taft Union High School District. He also worked
for the police department in Taft during this time.
Before beginning his teaching career at Fresno State (now California State University, Fresno), he served time in the military. His military background included CRTC and MPRTC
basic training (1941-1942), and positions as instructor at the Provost Marshall General’s School (1942-1944), Criminal
Investigator and Administrative Chief of the Crime Laboratory in the Philippine Islands (1944-1945), and Assistant Chief of
the Criminal Investigation Section of the 6th Army (1950-1952).
In 1946, Dienstein came to Fresno State as a professor of Sociology
and Criminology. Dienstein took on the task of developing,
organizing, and coordinating the Criminology Program at Fresno State and was one of the primary professors of the program.
In 1947, a degree in Criminology was offered for the first time. During his time at Fresno State, Dienstein taught Criminology,
Psychology, and Sociology courses and moved from the Criminology department to the Sociology department. He retired in 1974.
William Dienstein is the author of How to Write a Narrative Investigation Report.