Criminal Justice and Fire Science Faculty
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Purdue Global Leadership
Sara Sander began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 1997. She has served in a variety of positions including professor of communications and languages and program coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences, now known as the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her experience includes over 15 years of teaching adult learners, with a focus in the last 10 years in online education and administration.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MA and BA, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, faculty performance and behaviors, communication in the online classroom
Mike Brackin currently serves as associate dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where he oversees the public safety, legal studies, graduate public administration, and environmental policy programs. He has served as a firefighter, state training instructor, and state training director. Before joining the University, he worked as an adjunct instructor teaching fire science degree programs at 2- and 4-year institutions. He was director of the fire academy at Southern Arkansas University Tech, a full-time faculty member at the University of Memphis, and dean of public safety programs at Blackhawk Technical College.
Brackin has served on the National Fire Protection Association 1000 Committee, as chair for the Mississippi Fire Personnel Minimum Standards and Certification Board, president of the Mississippi Fire Instructors Association, and board member for the International Association Accreditation Congress Certificate Assembly. He is also a Mississippi Certified Public Manager and Executive Fire Officer.
Education: EdD, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Honors and Achievements: 2013 NISOD Leadership Award
Shane Kelley currently oversees all facets of the criminal justice undergraduate degree programs, including faculty, students, and curriculum. He has served his entire career with the University, starting as an academic adviser, then senior academic adviser, then academic advising manager. Kelley went on to serve as associate director of academic advising for the criminal justice, legal studies, and nursing programs. He has also written online course curriculum for Pearson Education as a freelance writer. Prior to Purdue Global, he was a teaching assistant at Ohio State.
Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); MS, The Ohio State University; BS, Purdue University
Holli Vah Seliskar assists Purdue Global faculty in learning more about the effective use of technology within their classrooms and oversees the publication of the internal departmental newsletter, “The Public Safety and Legal Times.” She began her academic career at the University in 2005, and has since served as assistant academic department chair for the undergraduate criminal justice programs and currently serves as interim academic department chair for the graduate public safety and public administration programs as well as the fire science programs. Vah Seliskar is also the Public Safety Club faculty advisor. She has served on numerous University committees and is a doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction at Kent State University.
Education: MS, Tiffin University; BA, Cleveland State University
Publications: American Society of Criminology’s The Criminologist, the Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s Dialogue, Restorative and Community Justice newsletter
Honors and Achievements: 2017 University Service Award (Kaplan University), 2016 Spirit of Kaplan Award (Kaplan University), 2015 Kaplan Way Leadership Award (Kaplan University), 2014 Kaplan Way Awad (Kaplan University)
Research Interests: Restorative justice practices within schools; the implementation, development, and sustainment of restorative practices within multiple educational and workplace settings
Purdue Global Full-Time Faculty and Full-Time Adjuncts
Terry Campbell began his Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) career in 2003 and helped write the corrections curriculum; he currently teaches undergraduate classes. Additionally, he serves as course lead for a number of courses focusing on the prison system and corrections. Campbell started his academic career at Western Illinois University where he served on various committees; he has since retired from the corrections field. Campbell has presented at numerous University service events; presented at the American Correctional Association Conference; serves as a chair, distance education and program specialist for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; and serves as distance education and program specialist for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
Education: MPA, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Publications: Corrections Today: American Corrections Association, regular contributor to corrections.com
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award (Kaplan University)
At Purdue Global, William Campbell teaches in all public administration disciplines and serves as lead faculty for various courses. He also serves on the Grade Appeal Committee. Previously, Campbell served as faculty and an academic chair at a local university for 16 years. He served as a coordinating campus chair for Delta Mu Delta and on the HLC committee. Campbell is a veteran of the USAF and USN, completing a career serving in both the U.S. Treasury and the Justice Department. He has served as a Chair of the Professional Liaison Committee for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. As a global developer, he served the United Nations, the European Union, and the State Department, and as an Advisor to USAID, with projects spanning over 19 countries.
Education: DPA, Nova Southeastern University
Certifications: Certified Fraud Examiner
Honors and Achievements: Commendations from the White House, Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Treasury Department, and various foreign heads of state
Memberships: Pi Alpha Alpha and Delta Mu Delta honor societies
Research Interests: Recent research: studying the tax collectors of Kosovo's tax administration, the first time such research was conducted on a people experiencing a genocide. Current research: assessing the value of continuing public administration, teaching in public venues during times of high volatility, and constrained fiscal resources.
Derrick Clouston has been a fire and emergency management professor for 9 years. He started his academic career at the University as a course developer and was hired as an adjunct professor in the fire and emergency management program. As the program grew he moved on to a full-time faculty role. He currently teaches various courses, and assists in numerous innovations in curriculum. Clouston has held numerous positions on state and national boards throughout his career. He earned his Executive Fire Officer from the National Fire Academy and is also a Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer Designee from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. In addition, he has presented at several symposiums and authored articles for various national professional fire service publications.
Education: MPA, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Publications: On file at the National Fire Academy Learning Resource Center
Karla Drenner teaches a variety of graduate courses in the public administration program, focusing on public finance, policy analysis, leadership and human resource management. Currently she is the course lead for three classes on public policy. She is also serving her 18th year as a Georgia State Representative, serving on five committees.
Education: PhD, Saint Louis University; PhD, LaSalle University; MBA, Fontbonne College, MS, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville; BS, West Virginia University
Publications: Impacts of Faith Based-Decision Making on the Individual Level Legislative Process: Emerging Research and Opportunities; other book chapters; scholarly presentations
Honors and Achievements: Woman of Excellence Award, other awards for public service
Kristin Early teaches graduate applied research courses, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between research and public policy to facilitate data-driven policy recommendations and systems reform. She serves as course lead, where she integrates technology-based applications for enhancing the online classroom. Early began her career working at a residential facility for high-risk delinquent males. She later served as a researcher at the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, later working for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, serving as the principal investigator on the Florida Delinquent Girls Research Project, and overseeing a research unit. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Scott to Florida’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group (SAG), and in 2001, she co-founded the Justice Research Center, where she serves as the vice president and director of research.
Education: PhD, Florida State University; MS, University of Baltimore; BA, University of Florida
Publications: Authored/co-authored more than 70 publications, including research monographs, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles
Honors and Achievements: Harvard University Innovations in American Government Awards Semifinalist
At Purdue Global, Chris Findley teaches criminal justice and forensic psychology courses and participates in the college transfer credit review process. He also serves as a course lead for the University. Upon completion on his PhD, Findley continued to teach at a 2-year college in Georgia in the criminal justice program and in 2012, he joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a faculty member. Findley has spent the last 23 years working in law enforcement (both part time and full time) in many different positions including a jail setting, patrol, patrol supervision, crime scene supervision, and command level. During his time in the law enforcement field, he taught at several colleges and universities in criminal justice programs.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MS, National University; BS, Georgia College
Certifications: Georgia Peace Officer training certifications such as firearms, defensive tactics, and emergency driving
John (Jack) Gibbons is a full-time adjunct professor at Purdue Global, where he teaches numerous criminal justice courses. Gibbons is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement, starting his career as an auxiliary police officer. He worked in suburban Chicago police departments, later joining the Cook County Department of Corrections as a correctional officer and the Chicago Police Department as a police and tactical officer. He was promoted to investigator in 1991; in 1994, Gibbons was promoted to sergeant and served in patrol and investigation units. In 2006 he was promoted to lieutenant and served as a field lieutenant, watch commander, tactical unit lieutenant, mass transportation watch commander, Lieutenants Association representative, and Grievance Committee chairman until retiring in 2012. His teaching career began in 2009 as an adjunct professor for Westwood College.
Education: MS and BS, Calumet College of St. Joseph
Roger Humber’s career at the University began in 2007 as a criminal justice adjunct, and in 2015, he became a full-time adjunct. He currently teaches various undergraduate criminal justice courses. His teaching style is a combination of student-focused nurturing and application of real-world dynamics in preparing future practitioners for the challenges of a criminal justice career. As a part-time special agent with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Humber contributes 35 years of legacy knowledge back to state service and provides additional value with his academic experience. He is certified to instruct Criminal Law, Report Writing, and Firearms Training by the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training. In addition, he is a certified instructor for the Run, Hide, Fight–Active Shooter curriculum. He also serves on the Board for the Institute for Criminal Justice Education.
Education: MS, Auburn University at Montgomery
Honors and Achievements: 2017 Outstanding Professor Nomination (Kaplan University), 2016 Outstanding Professor Award (Kaplan University)
Memberships: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Alabama Peace Officers’ Association (serves as Chaplain), FBI National Academy Associates (served as State Chapter President)
Publications: Regular contributor to Alabama Peace Officers’ Journal
Tim Kozyra teaches criminal justice courses in both the undergraduate and master’s program, in addition to developing and revising courses. Prior to joining higher education, Kozyra served as a correctional officer, deputy sheriff, and criminal defense attorney. He also managed a law enforcement and corrections recruitment academy.
Education: JD, South Texas; MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)
Ann Marie Lampariello-Perez has practiced law for over 27 years. At Purdue Global, she teaches various undergraduate courses, primarily in the areas of criminal procedure, criminal law, and introduction to criminal justice. Lampariello-Perez was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 1990, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1990, the Central District of Illinois in 2009, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2004. She joined the law firm of Rathje & Woodward, LLC in 2008 and practices in the areas of municipal prosecutions, general municipal law, criminal defense, and family law. She was previously in-house counsel for the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, and an assistant state's attorney in DuPage County, Illinois. Lampariello-Perez presently serves as the assistant village attorney for the Villages of Westmont and Big Rock. She is the local prosecutor for the Village of Oak Brook. In 2011, she was one of the original drafters of new Illinois Supreme Court Rules for municipal prosecutions (S.Ct. Rules 570-579).
Education: JD, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; BS, Loyola University of Chicago
Jodi Levit’s criminal justice experience includes correctional officer/counselor for Illinois State Police and intelligence crime analyst. At Purdue Global, she teaches undergraduate courses focusing on an introduction to criminal justice and preparing students for a career in criminal justice.
Education: MS, University of Illinois-Chicago; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peggy Long teaches undergraduate courses in criminal justice, with special emphasis on corrections. She started her academic career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) serving as an adjunct professor in the School of Criminal Justice for 5 years prior to becoming the program chair for the Social and Behavioral Science programs. She is completing her second master’s degree in human service at Purdue Global. Long has served as an Iowa Correctional Association Board Member, presenting at local academic and correctional conferences. She is currently co-authoring a history of women’s corrections in Iowa.
Education: MS, Drake University
Certifications: Iowa Board of Certified Addiction Counseling, Firearm Training Simulator Instructor, Peace Officer in the State of Missouri (1991)
Mead has been a professor in the Fire Science Department for the last 8 years. He currently teaches various undergraduate courses for the fire science program. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor of fire science with Joliet Junior College. Mead has held several administrative positions in public safety including fire chief, chief fire marshal, deputy police chief, and chief of the Special Hazards and Response Team of Will County, Illinois. He was also a founding member of Mabas 19 Training Academy and the Greater South Suburban Fire Investigation Task Force.
Education: MPA, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)
Over the past 20 years, David White has taught criminal justice at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first as an adjunct and now as a full-time professor. At Purdue Global, he teaches various criminal justice graduate courses. He is also a course lead and facilitator for the comprehensive exam. In addition to teaching, he is on numerous committees, including the Institutional Review Board and Professional Competency Committee. Prior to joining Purdue Global, White was a law enforcement officer with over 25 years of service, working in two departments: Ludlow (MA) Police Department and Collier County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. He was a criminal investigator for many years, investigating property and violent crime, then supervised an Economic Crimes Unit.
Education: PhD, Northcentral University; MPA, Florida Gulf Coast University; MS, American International College; Graduate Certificate, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)
Certifications: Certified Fraud Investigator
Robert Winters joined the University in 2004 as an adjunct professor in the School of Criminal Justice and subsequently served as an academic department chair, assistant dean of faculty, and assistant dean of curriculum (interim) for the graduate and undergraduate criminal justice programs. He is currently a full-time professor, teaching a wide variety of courses as well as course lead and prior learning analyst. He has also served as a four-term president of the Faculty Senate as well as on multiple academic and administrative task forces and committees. Winters is a prolific writer in the corrections and related areas, and his research is regularly cited in other corrections, criminal justice, and social justice works. He has presented at multiple conferences and University-sponsored events on criminal justice and education-related topics.
Education: JD, Western State University College of Law
Publications: Author of five textbooks in the criminal justice field, Procedures in the Justice System, 12/e (in progress); regular contributor to corrections.com
At Purdue Global, Donna Yohman teaches various undergraduate criminal justice courses in areas such as: preparing for a career in public safety, introduction to criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, criminal procedure, and deviance and violence. She also serves as a course lead for the juvenile delinquency courses. Prior to joining the University, Donna Yohman was an arbitrator in the South Carolina Juvenile Arbitration program, working with first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders to divert them from prosecution in the juvenile court system; her emphasis was in rehabilitative behavior.
Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)