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Criminal Justice and Fire and Emergency Management Faculty
Purdue Global Leadership
Sara Sander began her career with Purdue Global 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 classroomSara Sander Link
Tessa Holst currently serves as the assistant dean of students within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences where she oversees and generates initiatives to develop student engagement and improve student retention. She is also responsible for problem identification and resolution for second-level student complaints and conflicts. Prior to her current role, Holst served as the graduation director and event planner within the Provost Office. She was responsible for bi-annual graduation event ceremonies, celebrations, and faculty retreats. She has worked in higher education for over 25 years and recently completed her second term as school board member for her local school district, having served for 4 years as president.
Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global)
Honors and Achievements: 2017 Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Non-Academic Support Team Award (Kaplan University), 2005 Hero Award (Kaplan University), 2003 Extra Mile Award (Kaplan Higher Education)Tessa Holst Link
Shane Kelley is the associate dean for Public Safety and Legal Studies programs. As a faculty member and leader with over twenty years of higher education experience in student support, faculty administration, and the online classroom, he began his time at Purdue Global in 2005. Kelley previously served as academic chair for graduate and undergraduate public safety programs and academic chair for undergraduate criminal justice programs prior to that. Before becoming academic chair in 2010, he served as associate director of Academic Advising for the Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Nursing programs after being promoted as an Academic Advising manager. Previously, Kelly developed online course curriculum for Pearson Education and he also served as an Air Force veteran.
Education: EdD, Maryville University; MSCJ, Purdue University Global; BA, Purdue University
Publications: Kelley, S. (2023, October 25-27). Service in action: An exploration of Purdue Global's Service-Learning Elective. IARSLCE 2023 conference, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, United States.
Certifications: National Society of Leadership and Success - Executive Leadership certification
Honors and Achievements: 2020 Purdue Global, Purdue G.L.O.B.A.L. Distinction Award, Great Leaders Award, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 2023-2024 Purdue Global Service Learning Fellow
Memberships: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; University Professional and Continuing Education Association; American Society of Criminology; International Association of Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement; National Society of Leadership and Success
Research Interests: Critical criminology, collective efficacy, social justice and policy, higher education administration, e-service learning, and faculty and student satisfaction
Dr. Vah Seliskar is the Academic Department Chair for the Graduate Public Safety and Graduate Public Administration Programs and the Undergraduate Fire Science and Emergency Management Programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Vah Seliskar has held previous positions within the University including Assistant Academic Department Chair, Adjunct Professor, and Course Leader for CJ102, Criminology.
Education: PhD, Kent State University; MS, Tiffin University; BA, Cleveland State University; AA, Atlantic Cape Community College
Publications: Transforming a school community through restorative practices: Emerging research and opportunities, 2020. Building capacity through multiculturalism and diversity in the online classroom, 2021. Original writing in a remix culture: Challenges and solutions for addressing plagiarism, 2021.
Honors and Achievements:
- 2020 Purdue Global, Purdue G.L.O.B.A.L. Distinction Awards, Great Leaders Award
- 2019-2020, Community Service Commendation, Georgia House of Representatives, House Resolution 1421. http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/HR/1421
- 2018 Purdue Global, Purdue Global Village 2018 Conference; Presentation Award, Best Engagement, for Understanding the Purdue Global adult learner: Keys to success
- 2017 Kaplan University, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Outstanding University Service Award
- 2016 Kaplan Higher and Professional Education, Spirit of Kaplan Awards, Shared Values
- 2015 Kaplan Higher and Professional Education, The Kaplan Way Leadership Award, A Great Place
- 2014 Kaplan University College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, The Kaplan Way Award
Memberships: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, University Professional and Continuing Education Association, American Society of Criminology
Research Interests: Restorative justice, restorative practices in K-12 and in higher education, restorative practices in the workplace, restorative justice and policing, subjectivity in qualitative research, and best practices in online learning, teaching, and mentoring.
Tomicka Williams serves as the assistant academic chair for the Department of Undergraduate Criminal Justice programs at Purdue Global. Before moving into a full-time position as an assistant academic chair, Williams was an adjunct faculty member for many years. Additionally, she served as a course leader and Institutional Review Board member with the University. Her experience includes teaching and curriculum development, as well as human resources and city government.
Education: PhD, Walden University; MA, Nova Southeastern University; BS, Florida A&M University
Publications: Examining Social Change and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Faculty (Purdue Global), presented at traditional and nontraditional conferences with Purdue Global, American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Conference of Minority Administrators (COMPA), and FEMA Higher Education
Memberships: American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), International Associate of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Southern Criminal Justice Association
Research Interests: Human and nonhuman agents in homeland security, crisis communication systems in K-12 and higher education, diversity and inclusion in Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementTomicka Williams Link
Purdue Global Full-Time Faculty
Professor Anderson has been teaching in various capacities since 2001 and has been with Purdue Global since 2009. Anderson has over 31 years of law enforcement experience and was the police chief in Statesville N.C. from 2008-2015. Additionally, he maintains his sworn officer status by serving part-time as a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division.
Education: MS, University of Cincinnati
Certifications: North Carolina certified law enforcement officer; North Carolina certified training instructor; North Carolina certified firearms instructor
Honors and Achievements: Police Chief 2008-2015; Asst. Police Chief 2006-2008; Lieutenant Commander 2001-2006; President of the North Carolina Police Executive Association, 2013–2014; Advanced Law Enforcement Certification 2001
Memberships: International Association of Chiefs of Police; N.C. Association of Chiefs of Police
Research Interests: Life course criminology; law enforcement topicsThomas Anderson Link
Daniel Bilodeau received his Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration and started his academic career in 2007 with Kaplan University (now Purdue Global) in the Criminal Justice Program where he continues to teach. Bilodeau has been in law enforcement for over 20 years and has worked in corrections, court services, and many aspects of police work including administration of a large criminal justice organization and has been selected as "Police Officer of the Year." In addition to academic training, he has attended multiple training and administration programs pertaining to law enforcement and criminal justice.
At Purdue Global, Bilodeau teaches courses on the Criminal Justice System and Criminal Investigations along with Introduction courses. He has also taught in the Fire Sciences Program.
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Faculty Member Award 2017Daniel Bilodeau Link
Terry Campbell began his Purdue Global 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)Terry Campbell Link
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 CenterDerrick Clouston Link
Brian Danigole has been instructing criminal justice at the college level since October 2008 and with the University since 2010. In the professional world, Danigole began working as a law enforcement practitioner in 1994. During that time, he worked in criminal patrol, street crimes, narcotics, K-9, robbery, burglary, and economic crimes. He has worked in federal task forces consisting of local, state, and federal partners conducting safe street gang operations and narcotics trafficking. Danigole has also been a certified crisis negotiator for 17 years.
Education: MS, University of Phoenix
Certifications: Certified Crisis Negotiator, FBI’s National Instructor Development course, national certification through the FBI and the Louisiana POST Council, Louisiana POST Certified Law Enforcement Officer
Honors and Achievements: 2008 Slidell Elks Lodge Deputy of the Year, 2008 Louisiana American Legion District, Regional, and State of Louisiana Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2007 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department Deputy of the Year
Memberships: Louisiana Narcotics Officers Association; National Narcotics Officers Association
Research Interests: Law enforcement use of force and vehicle pursuit technologyBrian Danigole Link
James Ebert began his career with Purdue Global as a part-time adjunct instructor in 2021 and became a full-time professor in 2022. Prior to teaching at Purdue Global, he served as a part-time Adjunct Instructor with University of the Cumberlands beginning in 2017. Ebert’s professional experience includes 20 years of law enforcement, with the last five years serving as Chief of Police in Richmond, Kentucky. Simultaneously, James served a second career in the military reserves. His 20-year military career included service in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and United States Navy where he served in the capacity of both enlisted and as an Officer. From 2010-2016, he serves as a Commanding Officer of three different Navy Reserve Security units.
Education: MS, University of the Cumberlands; BS, Upper Iowa University, Graduate Certificates from the University of Louisville and Purdue Global.
Certifications: Certified Crime prevention through environmental design specialist.
Memberships: Associate Advisor in Alpha Phi Sigma, Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police
Research Interests: Recruitment and Retention in Law Enforcement, Influences of politics in Law Enforcement
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 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 in Public Safety, Capella University; MS in Forensic Science, National University; BS in Psychology, Georgia College
Publications: The Need for Higher Education in Law Enforcement. POAG (Police Officers Association of Georgia) Magazine 2012.
The Psychology of Officer Survival. POAG (Police Officers Association of Georgia) Magazine 2013.
Summer Conference: A Year of Change. POAG (Police Officers Association of Georgia) Magazine 2015.
Various paper presentations at conferences
Certifications: Georgia Peace Officer training certifications such as firearms, defensive tactics, emergency driving, and basic law enforcement officer
Memberships: Member, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police; Member, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
Research Interests: Law enforcement supervision and managementChris Findley Link
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. JosephJohn (Jack) Gibbons Link
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’ JournalRoger Humber Link
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 Global)Tim Kozyra Link
Mary Lannon is a public safety professional with 15 years of experience in police and fire emergency communications. She began her career as a 911 operator/radio dispatcher with the Charlotte Fire Department in North Carolina before spending 11 years as a police communications supervisor with the Phoenix Police Department in Arizona. Lannon has been teaching at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan) since 2013. She has experience teaching in graduate and doctoral-level public safety programs and chairing dissertation committees. Lannon has served in a variety of roles, such as subject matter expert, course developer, faculty lead, faculty research consultant, comprehensive exam reviewer, and as a member of the faculty curriculum committee and institutional review board. She also has experience as a reviewer and quality assurance auditor for a private institutional review board.
Education: PhD, Northcentral University; MA, American Military University, BA, Arizona State University
Publications: The Role of Leadership in Employee Motivation, 2017; The Human Component of Communications Center Management, 2016; What Is Human Subject Research, 2022
Certifications: Certified Public Manager
Honors and Achievements: Faculty of the Year Award, 2020; Outstanding Professor Award, 2019; Outstanding Achievement in (Adjunct) Faculty Performance, 2014; Author Excellence Award, 2013
Memberships: International Association of Emergency Managers; Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Research Interests: Emergency communications; emergency preparedness and response; interagency coordination in counterterrorism; leadership in public safety organizations; organizational behaviorMary Lannon Link
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-MadisonJodi Levit Link
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 Global)Jonathan Mead Link
Scott Moline is a full time professor teaching all levels of online criminal justice courses for the School of Behavioral Sciences at Purdue Global. Moline is also involved in course revisions and the current modular revision of several criminal justice courses. Moline’s students are military students stationed in the US and overseas, law enforcement students from state, county, and municipal-level law enforcement agencies, and second career students wishing to improve their understanding of the criminal justice field or address being selected for promotion. Moline spent twenty-one (of his 30) years in law enforcement at the Iowa Law enforcement Academy.
Education: BS in Sociology, University of Northern Iowa; MS in Criminal Justice Administration, University of Central Missouri
Publications: Authored several ongoing columns in law enforcement journals such as the Iowa Chiefs of Police Magazine and the Iowa Gold Star, a publication of the Iowa Sheriff's and Deputies Association. Published several articles and training conference materials with Kaplan University and Purdue Global training.
Certifications: Certified Law Enforcement Officer; certified Principle Firearms Instructor for the State of Iowa, the National Rifle Association and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; certified D.A.R.E Training, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a Crime Prevention Officer/Instructor.
Honors and Achievements: Officer of the year in 1977 for the Cedar Falls Police Department. Named "One of Nine Outstanding Airman-Senior NCO Category", out of 113,000 Airmen for the Air National Guard in 1987. "Educator of the Year" for Kaplan University (now Purdue Global) in 2017
Memberships: Life member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard (EANGUS), the National Rifle Association, several other American Legion designations and a past and present member of several state and national law enforcement associations. Current State Commander of the American Legion in Iowa and also serve on the National American Legion Veterans Education and Employment Commission
Research Interests: Criminal Justice and law enforcement technology evolutionScott Moline Link
Richard Niebusch began his career with Purdue Global in 2005. During his tenure, he has instructed courses in the Criminal Justice Program in a variety of topics. Richard possesses three decades of professional law enforcement experience having served in the role of police officer, detective, and administrator. Niebusch also served as a certified police academy trainer for a more than two decades. Finally, his experience also includes international instruction in criminal justice reform programs through both the U.S. government and international agencies.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MS Central WA University; BA University of Washington; AA Shoreline Community College
Publications: Conservation of Resources, Burnout, and Other Selected Behavioral Variables Among Law Enforcement Officers: A Quantitative Analysis. International Journal of Crime, Law and Social Issue, 2019.
The Effects of An Incentive Program Intervention on Driver Performance in a Private Non-Profit Agency. Journal of Business & Economics Research, 2007.
The Effects and Psychological Manifestations of Burnout on Metropolitan Police Officers. Journal of Business Case Studies, 2006.
Presentation: Ireland, an OD future search: Remembering yesterday, living today, thoughts for tomorrow. Presented at the 18th Organization Development World Congress (1996).
Certifications: Peace Officer Certification, State of WA (1993)
Honors and Achievements: Best Paper, Clute Institute for Academic Research, EABR & ETLC Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2007; Best Paper, Clute Institute for Academic Research, EABR & ETLC Conference, Las Vegas, NV 2011; President’s Award, International Association of Law Enforcement Analysts, 2009; Distinguished Member Award, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2010.
Research Interests: Public service “burnout,” de-policing, evidence-based “best practices” in policing
As an Industry-leading Criminal Justice expert, Kristi Pitts has honed skills and refined knowledge across criminal justice, forensic science, and higher education. Pitts is known for consistently creating an environment where students can think critically and communicate viable solutions. With a goal to instruct beyond the curriculum, Pitts provided real world examples from her 15 years of hands on experience in corrections, the court system, and crime scene management. Continuing education is a key portion of Pitts' professional career, as a scholar she has researched key strategies to ensure diversity and leadership development with a criminal justice lens toward coaching, goal setting and reflection.
In addition to the work she's done as a Professor, she has a proven history in: Scientific & Technical Writing, Program Development, Online Learning Techniques, Curriculum Development, Educational Planning. Her passion for criminal justice and higher education allows her to apply experience from different perspectives to resolve unique challenges. Pitts has been highly involved in the development and implementation of new, state approved curriculum, evaluation of existing curriculum, and communication of complex information for public audiences. Pitts is a certified crime scene investigator where she has been featured on The First 48 Presents: Atlanta.
Education: DM, Colorado Technical University; MS and BS, Colorado Technical University
Publications: "Exploring Policy Improvements Criminal Justice Managers Need to Reduce Cultural Bias in a State Correctional System" by ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
Certifications: Fingerprint Classification; Friction Ridge Comparison; Bloodstain Pattern Analysis; Basic Photography and Digital Imaging; Crime Scene Investigation; Latent Print Development; Evidence Presentation; Crime Scene Investigation / State of Georgia / PS1020150017S / Specialized: Jailer / State of Georgia / PBJA0500733: Management Researchers / CITI Program, A Division of BRANY
Honors and Achievements: Implemented / Trained CSI competition team for Atlanta Technical College, 2017 & 2018; Led CSI Competition team for Skills USA Crime Scene Investigation Contest to a win for Atlanta Technical College, 2017
Memberships: British Society of Criminology Organization - Active Member; International Association for Identification Organization - Active Member; National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Organization - Active Member; National Criminal Justice Association Organization - Active Member
Research Interests: Diversity & Inclusion, Cultural Diversity, Cultural Bias in a correctional systemKristi Pitts Link
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 Global)
Certifications: Certified Fraud InvestigatorDavid White Link
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.comRobert Winters Link
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 Global)Donna Yohman Link