Career highlights

  • Employed by the Columbus Police Department and served as Assistant Training Coordinator for new recruits
  • More than 14 years of experience in law enforcement 
  • Ten years as a full-time assistant professor of public administration and criminal justice 

Degrees

B.S., Criminal Justice, Columbus State University 

MPA, Justice Administration, Columbus State University  

DPA, University of Alabama

Certifications

POST Certified General Instructor – State of GA

POST Certified Firearms Instructor – State of GA

CIT Instructor – NAMI

What online courses could a student possibly take from you? ​

CJS5500 Criminal Justice Research Methods

CJS6900 Criminal Justice Capstone Project/Thesis

CJS5760 Technology and GIS in the Criminal Justice System

CJS5650 Criminal Justice Ethics and Diversity in a Global Environment

What do you like most about teaching online?

I enjoy the diversity in the student population. Not just the ethnic diversity but also the “Stage of Life” diversity. I am able to teach and learn with students from 18 to 60 years old and all the life experiences that brings with it. 

How do you bring the industry to life in class?

I have more than 14 years of experience in law enforcement and over 10 years of experience as a professor. This is a unique combination that our field, Criminal Justice, rarely sees. I have the practitioner’s experience coupled with the academic perspective that results in learning and discussion applicable in both areas. I am neither a pure theorist nor a pure layman — I am a hybrid, as such I believe I have a valuable perspective to the discipline. 

Do you have any career advice for prospective students?

I always tell my students that they should first pick their college degree based upon their goals for employment. They should investigate their career choice and choose the degree that the career calls for. After that, pick something you are interested in. You are more likely to stick with and complete a degree you find intriguing.  

Want to learn more about earning your graduate degree in Criminal Justice online with Murray Widener? Complete the “Request Info” form on this page or call 855-JWU-1881. Click here for information on our other degree programs

Career Catalyst blog posts 

“Because I have experience, I don’t have to stop with the textbook answer” [VIDEO] 

From Police Car to Classroom: How One JWU Professor Incorporates His Industry Experience 

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