School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies Faculty/Staff

The strength and appeal of Fairleigh Dickinson’s School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies lies not only in the nature of its interdisciplinary curriculum, but in the ability of its faculty to skillfully integrate theoretical concepts with the legal, procedural and operational realities that represent the criminal justice system.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies comprise a dynamic cadre of faculty whose education, expertise and professional experience represents both tenured academicians and esteemed criminal justice professionals and practitioners. Complimenting the faculty is a wide and diverse range of guest speakers who representative nearly every facet of the criminal justice system on the local, state, federal and international level.

In addition to providing dynamic instruction, our faculty takes great pride and pleasure in providing its students with individual and personalized counseling, mentoring and guidance in their academic studies and in the area of career planning and development.

Please feel free to contact any of them for further information.

Dr. Evelyn Garcia, Ed.D.

Prior to her appointment at FDU, Professor Garcia served the New York City Police Department for twenty years, initially as a patrol officer and subsequently as a Supervisor at the Police Academy. During her tenure at the Academy she spearheaded the accreditation process for recruit level training, which currently awards credit for college level work, and was the administrative supervisor at the Departments' Leadership Training Institute. She has traveled to the United States International Law Enforcement Training Center, Botswana, South Africa where she taught principles of ethics to local law enforcement personnel, worked with John Jay College and The United States Department of Justice delivering training in Ethical Awareness to members of the law enforcement community nationwide. Her current research interests include programs and practices that enhance student development. Evelyn received her BA in Government and Public Administration, City University of New York, John Jay College, New York, NY; Masters in Public Administration, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY; and has completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Management at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Prof. Garcia can be reached at garciaev@fdu.edu.

Dr. Tarika Daftary-Kapur, Ph.D.

Dr. Kapur is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Fairleigh Dickinson University, she was a Senior Research Associate work on juvenile justice issues at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. Prior to that Dr. Kapur taught as an adjunct instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has also worked as a litigation consultant conducting mock jury research. Dr. Kapur has a Ph.D. in Experimental Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the recipient of the American Psychology Law Society Dissertation Award in 2009.  Her expertise is in the area of jury decision making, research on pre-trial public, and death penalty decision making. Dr. Kapur can be reached at tdkapur@fdu.edu.

Dr. Kyle T. Kattelman, Ph.D.

Dr. Kattelman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and International Studies. Prior to joining the faculty of FDU, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Dr. Kattelman received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where he served his first academic posting as a Mizzou Advantage Postdoctoral Fellow in the Food for the Future program, where he researched how current efforts to aid global hunger and development affect state security in a post-Cold War international community. His current research and publication record concentrates on the ability of political institutions to affect counterterrorist strategies and international cooperation. As such, he teaches a wide array of courses in political science, including political ethics, international security, and foreign policy.  Dr. Kattelman can be reached at ktk94@fdu.edu.

Dr. James F. Kenny, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenny received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award and an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Dr. Kenny teaches courses in Criminology, Victimology, Juvenile Delinquency, White Collar Crime and serves as the school’s Criminal Justice Internship coordinator.  Prior experience at the U.S. Treasury Dept. includes Chief of Advisory, Chief of Review, District Quality Officer, Group Manager of Field Investigations and Treasury Officer.  He has facilitated professional seminars in School/ Workplace Violence, Bullying, Anger Management, Threat Assessment, Stalking and Partner Abuse.  Dr. Kenny was selected to the U.S. Justice Dept./National Victim Center Work Group on Workplace Violence, NJ Superior Court Juvenile Conference Committee and United Educators Panel on Threat Assessment Teams.  Prof. Kenny can be reached at kenny@fdu.edu.

Dr. Bamidele A. Ojo

Bamidele Ojo is a professor of political science and international affairs. Dr Ojo joined the faculty in the fall of 1992. His research and teaching focus on African politics, terrorism and political violence, geography and world issues, human rights, international law and globalization at the University College, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received his BSc in Political Science, MSc in International Relations and Diploma in French from the University of Ife(Now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria. As a French Government Scholar, received an Mphil(DEA) in African Studies and PhD in Political Science, from the University of Bordeaux I in France. He also received an LLM in International Law with specialization in Human Rights from the University of Nottingham, England and a DIHL in International Humanitarian Law, among other degrees. Dr. Ojo was a Fulbright Senior Research and Teaching Scholar in 2001/2002 at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He was also on Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster 2005-2010. He served on the University Academic Senate Faculty Rights and Welfare Committee for many years. His other publications include: “Obama and Africa: Understanding the Framework for President Obama’s Foreign Policy in Africa” African Renaissance, Vol. 7, Number 1 (2010); “Transformative Online Education & Social Equality: The Prospects for E-Governance and Democracy in Africa” in Gulsun Kurubacak & T. Volkan Yuzer(ed) (2011) Handbook of Research on Transformative Online Education and Liberation: Models for Social Equality(Hershey, PA:IGI Global) and “ECOWAS and Democratic Consolidation in West Africa: Praetorian Resurgence as a Failure of Democratic Process.” African Renaissance,9:2 (2012). Other publications include among others; Human rights and the New World Order, Contemporary African Politics, E-Learning and Challenges facing Distance Education in Africa, The State, Democratization and the Challenges of Globalization, SWAPO and Namibia and Democracy and Democratization in Nigeria.

Professor Ojo was appointed by Nigerian President Obasanjo, as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Michael Imodu National Institute For Labor Studies. A federal agency in the Ministry of Employment, Labor & Productivity, in Nigeria(2005-2006).Dr Ojo can be reached at ojo@fdu.edu. His twitter handle is https://twitter.com/Africanpolitics. Dr. Ojo can be reached at ojo@fdu.edu.

Dr. Elizabeth Panuccio  Ph.D

Dr. Elizabeth Panuccio obtained a BA in Sociology from Drew University, an MA from Fordham University, an MA in Criminal Justice from Rutgers’s University, and her Ph.D in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, Newark. Liz joins our department this semester previously having taught at  Centenary College as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She was responsible for curriculum development, course assessment plans, and developing and leading an assessment plan for the Criminal Justice Program. Dr. Panuccio has also been involved in various research projects with her current being with the Warren County Prosecutor’s office evaluating mental health programs for offenders whom were diverted into treatment programs from jails. Professor Panuccio can be reached at elizpanu@fdu.edu

Samuel J. Raphalides, Ph. D. (Program Director)

Samuel J. Raphalides, B.A., M.A, MA, Ph. D., is a Professor of Political Science and History at the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University and Director of the Global Scholars Program.  He earned his Ph. D. in Political Science from The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York City, specializing in International Affairs and Comparative Politics, with additional study in Middle East and North African politics at Columbia University.  His research and teaching interests encompass international relations, United States foreign policy, nationalism and political development in Europe and the developing world. Dr. Raphalides was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a member of the Editorial Committee of Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Dr. Raphalides is the campus chapter adviser and member of Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society, and a member of Phi Alpha Theta, The National History Honor Society. His articles have appeared in encyclopedias and in learned journals including, Presidential Studies QuarterlyJournal of Asian and African Affairs, Journal of Third World Studies, Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (UK) and the Journal of Modern Hellenism.  Dr. Raphalides can be contacted at sjraph@fdu.edu.

Professor Patrick Reynolds (Assistant Director)

Patrick Reynolds is currently the Assistant Director of the School of Criminal Justice.  Professor Reynolds retired after thirty years of service with the Maywood, New Jersey Police Department.  His tenure in the police department included service in all ranks, including 15 years in the department’s Detective Bureau. For the last seven years of his police career, Professor Reynolds served as Chief of Police. In 1999, Professor Reynolds started teaching at FDU as an adjunct professor for the School of Criminal Justice.  He also has served as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  Professor Reynolds is a graduate of William Paterson University and possesses a graduate degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Additionally, Professor Reynolds is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico Virginia, the West Point Leadership and Command School, and is a Certified Public Manager.   Professor Reynolds can be reached at pjreynol@fdu.edu.

Adjunct Faculty

Professor Jonnese Arrington

Jonnese Arrington obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006 and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2016. She has experience working with Juvenile Justice Commission with incarcerated youth offenders. Later as a police officer in East Orange, Professor Arrington was assigned to several units within the East Orange Police Department, including the Patrol Division, Enhanced Crime and Safety Team, the Criminal Investigations Bureau as a detective, and the Violent Crimes Task Force. She currently works full time for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office as a detective assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit, investigating allegations of sexual assaults and child abuse or neglect cases. Professor Arrington can be reached at jonnesea@fdu.edu.

Professor Maxwell Burkey

Maxwell Burkey received his B.A. in Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his M.A. and M.Phil. in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. He is currently working on a dissertation project grappling with the intersections patriotism and protest in the American tradition. His teaching and research interests range across both American politics and political theory. Professor Burkey can be reached at mburkey@fdu.edu.

Professor Robert Baumol,  Esq.

Robert S. Baumol graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Political Science and French. He also received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University. Robert practiced law for 20+ years in New York and Bergen County, having been admitted to state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey. He tried criminal and civil cases and for several years worked as a public defender in Kings County. Mr. Baumol received a Juvenile Justice Award from the Superior Court, Bergen County for representing juveniles pro bono. In his last 3 years of practice, Mr. Baumol was a supervising attorney at Passaic County Legal Aid Society. Mr. Baumol taught business law at The Berkeley College, taught criminal law and procedure and other courses at the National Academy of Paralegal Studies, and since 2012, has taught Introduction to Political Science and American Government at FDU. In furtherance of his interest in presidential history, Mr. Baumol served as a docent at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Museum and has made numerous presentations on the life and political career of President Cleveland.   Professor Baumol can be reached at fdututor@fdu.edu.

Professor Peter Brill

Professor Peter N. Brill joined the FDU Criminal Justice Program faculty as an Adjunct Professor in January, 2000. His area of specialization is institutional and community corrections. Professor Brill spent nearly forty years with the Bergen County Probation Department, and was the Chief Probation Officer in Bergen County until his retirement in 2002. Professor Brill is a past President of both the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association and the Chief Probation Officers’ Association of New Jersey, and also served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association. Professor Brill is a graduate of Rutgers University and has taught courses including Corrections, Parole and Probation, Domestic Violence, Professor Brill can be reached at pnbrill@fdu.edu.  

Professor Jeffrey Burke

Jeff Burke has professional experience in both federal and local law enforcement. Professor Burke is currently a federal criminal investigator and was previously with the Houston Police Department for approximately 4 years where he worked patrol and as a member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Burke is an experienced computer forensic examiner and holds a number of widely regarded computer forensic certifications and associations. He has been extensively trained and computer and cell phone forensics and holds a BA in Criminal Justice and an MAS in Computer Security & Computer Forensics.  Professor Burke can be reached at  jburke@fdu.edu

Professor Robert Bukowski

Robert Bukowski was a Special Agent in the FBI, serving in New York City, Florida and New Jersey. He has over 30 years in law enforcement, the last 25 being served with the FBI. During his career he has worked International and Domestic Terrorism, Foreign Counter Intelligence and Violent Crime matters. Prior to service with the FBI, Bob served with US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), as well as with State and local law enforcement. During his career he has been involved in many high profile investigations in terrorism, kidnappings, homicides and multi state violent gang cases, as well as organized crime. Bob also served as Team Leader in the 9/11 Investigation and was interviewed by the 911 Commission Committee. Bob has also been a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) in both New York City and New Jersey. Bob has also provided training both nationally and internationally, to both law enforcement and the private sector on infrastructure protection. Since he retired from the FBI, he is now employed by the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) in New Jersey, where he coordinates investigations throughout Northern New Jersey, between local police departments and federal agencies, which are subsequently prosecuted federally. Professor Bukowski can be reached at rbukowsk@fdu.edu

Professor Joseph Cook

Professor Cook has been with Fairleigh Dickinson University since 2000 and helped the CJ program launch into cyber space with their first on-line classes. Since 1986, Professor Cook has been a police officer with the Fair Lawn Police Department, spending time in patrol, community policing, and Strategic Planning. Currently assigned as a Captain in the capacity of  Operations Division Commander with the Fair Lawn Police Department.  Professor Cook earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Public Administration from William Paterson University. He then went on to receive a Masters degree in Education from Seton Hall University. Additionally, Professor Cook is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, West Point's Command and Leadership School, and the New Jersey Certified Public Manager program. Professor Cook is also board certified in private security earning his CPP (Certified Protection Professional) in 2005.  Prof. Cook can be reached at jcook@fdu.edu.

Professor Simeon Cumberbatch

Simeon N. Cumberbatch is a retired City of Hoboken New Jersey Police Captain with over 35 years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience. Serving in a supervisory capacity for 22 of his 29 years with the department, he accrued comprehensive knowledge in both uniformed and administrative disciplines. He was the department’s first minority to attain the command ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Professor Cumberbatch is certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission to instruct at New Jersey’s police academies and was a lecturer with the Center for Law Enforcement Studies and The Key Testing Group. There, he helped prepare individuals aspiring to attain positions ranging from patrolman to chief of police via the New Jersey State Department of Personnel competitive examination process. Professor Cumberbatch earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Jersey City State College and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Seton Hall University. In the ten-year period between 1992 and his retirement, Captain Cumberbatch was exclusively designated to serve as Acting Police Chief and was similarly hand-picked as Incident Commander during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Prof. Cumberbatch can be reached at scumber@fdu.edu.

Professor Mark Fierro, Esq.

Mark Fierro, Esq. has been practicing law in New Jersey for over 22 years. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Fierro, a former public defender, is presently the lead prosecutor for the Bergen County Central Municipal Court. He also serves as prosecutor for several Bergen County municipalities. Since 1997 Mr. Fierro has been an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Jurisprudence, and has coordinated the School Of Criminal Justice’s Legal Preparation Program for students anticipating application to law school. Professor Fierro is a graduate of Tufts University and Seton Hall University School of Law.  Professor Fierro can be reached at mfierro@fdu.edu.

Professor Roger Forsthoff

Roger Forsthoff, recently retired as Lieutenant and Director of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Forensic Laboratory, located in Jersey City.   In his capacity as Director, Prof. Forsthoff oversaw a laboratory staff of five scientists and evidence handlers. From 1988 to 1995 as a homicide investigator, Lieutenant Forsthoff was responsible for all facets of homicide investigation. During his career, Lt. Forsthoff was involved in over 400 homicide, suicide, suspicious death and aggravated sexual assault investigations.   He received a Master Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the University Of Maine. He is a graduate of the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Investigation School and the Advanced Crime Scene- Blood Pattern Analysis School at the FBI Academy. As a Certified Police Instructor, Prof. Forsthoff teaches both newly appointed and veteran law enforcement officers on a variety of crime scene related topics.   He is an instructor at the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Investigation School. In June of 2004, Lt. Forsthoff was appointed to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Forensic Commission on Crime Scene Investigation. Professor Forsthoff currently teaches courses Criminal Investigation and Crime and Forensics.   Professor Forthoff can be reached at rogerf@fdu.edu.

Dr. John Fox,  Ph.D.

Dr. Fox studied at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, and was awarded the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and PhD in Sociology with a research proposal concerning police guidance and doctrine on homicide and child abuse investigation in the UK and USA. In September 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Buckinghamshire University, UK , in recognition of his work nationally in connection with child abuse and pedophile investigation. Dr. Fox was a police officer in the UK until 2006, including 8 years as a Detective Superintendent leading a department of approximately 150 detectives investigating homicide, child abuse, pedophile crime, hi-tech crime and economic crime. He has managed teams of officers carrying out many lengthy investigations into homicide, organized abuse within children's homes and other serious child abuse.

He has a long association with FDU having taught courses on Comparative Criminal Justice Systems and Criminal Profiling at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus as well as lecturing at the Wroxton Campus in the United Kingdom. In addition to his work at FDU, Dr. Fox is currently a Senior Lecturer in Police Studies at the University of Portsmouth in England.  Dr. Fox  is regularly employed by the UK National College of Policing to train senior homicide detectives and he has also been employed as a visiting professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Dr. Fox is primarily located in the UK but also has an apartment in Brooklyn, New York and spends a considerable amount of time in the United States. He can be reached at johnfox@fdu.edu.

Professor Leah Fox

Professor Fox has a long standing involvement in the criminal justice sector and particularly, child protection.

In 2007,  Professor Fox was awarded a combined BS/MA degree in Criminal Justice by John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.  In 2012, she was awarded a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) by the University of Warwick in the UK. She is a PhD candidate and Lecturer in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Research Methods at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her research interests include child safeguarding, deception, investigative interviewing and private policing.  Professor Fox started her career as a Legal Assistant working for a New York City law firm concentrating in criminal defense as well as securities and arbitration.

After moving to the UK in 2007, Professor Fox became the Operations Manager of the Independent Child Protection Investigation Service in Wales, managing a team of investigators (mainly former senior police detectives) and conducting child safeguarding inquiries in schools on behalf of the Welsh Government. During this time, she dealt with numerous child protection referrals against the school staff relating to physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children (including via social media).   She also delivered child protection training both internally and externally, to local authorities and school staff in Wales. During 2013-2014, Professor Fox was a social worker in a large US city working with vulnerable children placed in care due to abuse and neglect by caretakers. She dealt with both the children and adults while providing case management services which included ongoing safety and risk assessments, mentoring, advocacy for services, and testifying in courts. She has been certified by the Florida Certification Board as a Child Welfare Case Manager (CWCM). When not working, Mrs Fox is pursuing her keen interest in sports nutrition and fitness. Professor Fox can be reached at Lfox@fdu.edu.

Professor Anthony Mantellino

Anthony Mantellino recently retired as a Lieutenant with the New York City Police Department. He had been a member of the department for 20 years and was assigned to the borough of Manhattan South. His years of service have included 14 years in the departments Detective Bureau, Narcotics Division and Intelligence Division. While assigned to these units, Professor Mantellino has investigated and supervised high profile investigations involving homicides and crimes connected to organized crime and terrorism. In 2005, Professor Mantellino began teaching at St. John’s University as an adjunct professor for the School of Criminal Justice in Staten Island New York. Professor Mantellino holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a graduate degree in Management from St. John’s University.  Professor Mantellino is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services and holds a Series 7 and Series 66 license.  Professor Mantellino can be reached at amante@fdu.edu

Professor Richard Mantellino, Esq.

Richard Mantellino is a lieutenant and attorney for the New York City Police Department's Legal Bureau. Professor Mantellino is the NYPD's Record Access Officer and is the Commanding Officer of the Freedom of Information Law Unit where he oversees 15,000 freedom of information requests each year. In his role as a department attorney, Professor Mantellino provides legal counseling to ranking commanders during large scale incidents. He received his Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University in Criminal Justice, his Master's Degree from St. John's University in Criminal Justice Management and his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. In his twenty years of service, he has worked as an investigator and supervisor in various units within the NYPD including the Street Crime Unit and the Organized Crime Control Bureau where he investigated both violent crimes and internal misconduct. Professor Mantellino is admitted to the state bar in New York and New Jersey and has a private practice in civil law.

Professor Andrew Mattson

Andrew L. Mattson has served as Deputy Head of Corporate Security for BNP Paribas Bank since July 2008.   He is responsible for oversight of physical security operations at all offices located within the North America. BNP Paribas is a European leader in banking and financial serviceswith a significant and growing presence in the United States. Professor Mattson retired from the New York City Police Department at the rank of Detective 2nd Grade in January 2008 after 20 years of service.   His last assignment prior to retirement was with the NYPD Counterterrorism Division where he served from 2002 -2008.   Detective. Mattson was assigned to the Threat Reduction and Infrastructure Protection Section and responsible for helping increase the overall security posture of critical infrastructure within the City of New York. During his tenure with the NYPD, Detective Mattson’s performed assignments in the Organized Crime Control Division, Community Affairs and Patrol Services Bureau. In addition, Mr. Mattson holds the rank of Captain in the New Jersey Air National Guard and is currently assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters. Mr. Mattson holds a Masters Degree in Protection Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has been designated as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International. Professor Mattson can be reached at amattson@fdu.edu

Professor Jon Morgan

Professor Morgan joined the FDU Criminal Justice Program faculty as an Adjunct Professor in January, 2014. He has professional experience in both state and local law enforcement as well as over ten years in the private sector. Professor Morgan specializes in Information Systems and Systems Interoperability. He currently works as a Detective for the Passaic County Prosecutors Office. He previously worked with the State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness as a Principal Planner in the Planning and Project Management Bureau. Professor Morgan holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Raritan Valley Community College, an undergraduate degree in Information Systems with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Information Systems. Professor Morgan can be reached at jmorgan@fdu.edu

Professor Joan Nixon

Professor Joan Nixon has been devoted to serving crime victims for the past sixteen years. She began her career in victim services as an advocate at Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) in Bergen County in 2000. While there she served in a variety of positions. Ms. Nixon coordinated the Domestic Violence Response Team project, a collaborative program with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and municipal police departments, and the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project. Additionally, she conducted community education and professional training on the dynamics of domestic violence. Ms. Nixon joined the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office of Victim Witness Advocacy in 2005. In 2008 she became the Coordinator of the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy.   In that role, Professor Nixon supervises a team of team of six advocates, two clerical staff members and occasional interns that provide advocacy, information, emotional support, practical assistance,  and referrals to victims and witnesses of crime during the course of criminal prosecution.    In 2014 Professor Nixon co-facilitated DCP&P mandated batterers’ intervention groups for the Middlesex County domestic violence agency, Women Aware. In 2012 Ms. Nixon was honored for her work with victims of sexual assault by the New Jersey Coalition against Sexual Assault. She was a 2015 recipient of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Excellence Awards for Victims’ Justice Endurance award. Ms. Nixon received her Bachelor’s Degree from William Paterson University, and her Master’s Degree from Montclair State University. Professor Nixon can be reached at nixonj@fdu.edu

Professor Kirk Nixon

Professor Nixon worked for 38 years in a number of increasingly responsible positions for the Superior Court of New Jersey and in the field of criminal justice. He began his career as a probation officer where he served in a variety of probation assignments including the supervision of both criminal and juvenile delinquency caseloads. He also worked in the Criminal Division of Superior Court in the bail program and wrote pre-sentence investigations.   Professor Nixon began his management career in the state’s largest court district, the Essex Vicinage, when appointed as an Assistant Family Division Manager. While in Essex he also served as an Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Operations Division Manager and as the Assistant Trial Court Administrator for the vicinage. In 2005 Mr. Nixon was appointed Trial Court Administrator for the New Jersey Superior Court, Passaic Vicinage. In this position he supervised over 500 employees who processed 72,000 cases annually in the nine divisions of court. His responsibilities also included oversight of the 16 municipal courts within Passaic County. After retirement from the court system Mr. Nixon worked at Centenary College as an adjunct professor of sociology and criminal justice. He holds a M.A. degree in sociology from Montclair State University and a B.A. in economics from Upsala College.   Professor Nixon can be reached at nixonk@fdu.edu.

Professor Charles Quixley, Esq.

Charles “Jeff” Quixley's educational background includes a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (“JD”), a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, (“BA”), and a Master of Science with a specialization in Criminal Justice (“MS”). He is also a former two-term City Councilman for the Borough of Bradley Beach, NJ, where his responsibilities included Co-Chair of the Bradley Beach Police Department and Public Safety. His experience also includes teaching criminal justice, legal studies and political science at several institutions of higher learning for several years. Prior to his teaching endeavors, his corporate legal experience included managing a staff of claims representatives handling Public Officials and Employment Practices Liability, Police Professional Liability, and Criminal Justice System Operations Liability for a major insurance carrier. Litigation involved civil rights violations, employment practices, and other professional liability-related claims. Further, during the 1990’ s as Director and Managing Attorney for another major insurance company, his responsibilities included asset protection and security measures to protect the Company from tangible or intangible losses with respect to intellectual property and safeguarding corporate history data. Currently, he is a member of ASIS International and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). However, he has also been working with the Division of Children and Family Services in Duval County, Florida, as they are reforming various measures in an effort to assure the safety and well being of children.  Profesor Quixley can be reached at quixjk@fdu.edu.

Professor Joseph Roman

Professor Roman retired as a captain from the Hackensack, New Jersey Police Department after twenty-seven years of service. During his career, Professor Roman was patrol officer, a juvenile detective, a narcotics detective, and a D.A.R.E. officer, but most of his career was spent working with children in the youth division, both as a detective and as the Youth Division commander. Professor Roman has an undergraduate degree from Montclair State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MAS) from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Professor Roman can be reached at jroman@fdu.edu.

Professor Michael Sanicola

Michael Sanicola is a former Lieutenant -Detective Squad Commander with the New York City Police Department. He served over twenty-two years in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush 67th and Crown Heights 71st Precincts. In the final phase of his career Professor Sanicola was the Commanding Officer and Advance Team Leader to the Chief of Department. In this assignment he was responsible 24/7 for the day to day operations of all five NYPD enforcement bureaus and responded to and investigated all police-involved shootings. Professor Sanicola holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York and a graduate degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Following his career in the NYPD, Professor Sanicola transitioned into security management and was the Director of Public Safety at the Cooper Union and the Executive VP and COO at Bo Dietl and Associates. Professor Sanicola is a Detective with the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office and is assigned to the Cold Case Homicide Unit. Professor Sanicola can be reached at mjs4073@fdu.edu

Professor Philip A. Tornetta, Esq.

Philip A. Tornetta  holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Touro College School of Law and a Bachelor of Science    Degree from William Paterson University. He is currently employed as a Judge of Workers’ Compensation by the State of New Jersey. He has   previously served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Bergen County New Jersey  Prosecutor’s  Office and as Municipal Prosecutor for the Borough of Fort Lee, New Jersey,  Borough of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey  and the Township of Wyckoff New  Jersey. He is a former police officer with the Hackensack, New Jersey Police Department, where he attained the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to both the uniformed patrol division and the detective bureau. Professor Tornetta may be reached at tornetta@fdu.edu.

Professor Joel Trella

Joel G. Trella began his law enforcement career with the Bergen County Police Department. Joel served in the Bergen County Police Department for 29 years from 1969 to his retirement in 1998. His many assignments included uniformed, investigative, training and administrative duties.    He retired in 1998 after serving his last 7 years as Chief of Police. After retiring he was appointed Director of the Bergen County Office of Highway Traffic Safety where he directed educational programs for law enforcement and the public focusing on preventing traffic fatalities through education, enforcement and engineering. In November 2001, Joel was elected Bergen County Sheriff and served in that role from 2002 through December 2004. His duties and responsibilities included leading a 500 member Sheriff’s Department, operating a 1,145 bed county jail, providing security for the Bergen County Courthouse and operating a county wide crime scene unit. From 2006-2009  Professor Trella  was employed by the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office, District of  New Jersey as a Law Enforcement Coordination Specialist where he co-coordinated interagency law enforcement activities and served as the District Office Security Manager. Sheriff Trella holds a Masters in Administrative Science and a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a AAS, Police Science from Bergen Community College. He is Certified Public Manager and a graduate of FBI National Academy and National Sheriff’s Institute. Professor Trella can be reached at jtrella@fdu.edu.

Professor Allen F. Ust

Professor Allen F. Ust, CPM, MAS, is a graduate of Trenton State College, Ewing Township, New Jersey with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with minor studies in Psychology and Sociology. He received his Master’s degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2009.

Professor Ust began his distinguished 28 year career as a police officer for the City of Hackensack Police Department where he served in a variety of assignments in the Patrol Division, Detective Division and the Juvenile Bureau. While serving in the aforementioned assignments, Professor Ust moved up the supervisory ranks to Captain where he retired as the Commander of the Juvenile Bureau, on December 31, 2004. Prior to coming to Fairleigh Dickinson University, Professor Ust was the former Undersheriff of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 to 2010. He was assigned as the Administrator of the Corrections Division for the Sheriff’s Office with oversight of the Bergen County Jail. During his career, Professor Ust has developed and implemented several juvenile programs in an effort to re-direct at risk juveniles and offer adolescents of our communities’ alternative career choices as first responders. He developed the Hackensack Police Youth Academy, was the Co-Director of the Bergen County Youth Academy and further served as the Director of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Training and Re-Direction Team. Professor Ust can be reached at aust@fdu.edu.

Dr. Gazman Xhudo Ph.D.

Professor Xhudo received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Center for Terrorism and Political Violence, Scotland UK in 1995. He served as a private consultant for several think tanks in Washington, including SAIC, The Scowcroft Group and Brookings as well as law enforcement agencies in this area. He was a regular contributor to journals such as Jane’s Intelligence Review; Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; and NJ COPS Magazine. Professor Xhudo began his career with The U.S. Department of State in 1997 as an intelligence analyst before becoming a Special Agent in 1999 with State’s Diplomatic Security Service. He has served as the Anti-Fraud Coordinator at the US Consulate in Lagos Nigeria before his assignment in 2002 to the New York Joint Terrorist Task Force. After serving as a Unit Supervisor for DS’ New York Field Office for the Tri-State JTTF agents until 2008, Professor Xhudo was transferred to Portugal as the Regional Security Officer, US Embassy-Lisbon. After serving on the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark he transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-New York (HSI) in 2011 and has been an adjunct instructor for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s graduate program in Homeland Security Studies since 2008 and Director of Mercy College’s undergraduate program in Corporate and Homeland Security, NY since 2013. He has trained a variety of local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement personnel including the: New York State Police; CT State Police; NJ-NY Marshals Fugitive Task Force; NYPD Intel; NYPD Recruitment; MAGLOCLEN; CA Bureau of Investigation; US Secret Service; FBI; Dutch Border Police; British Immigration and Customs; The Irish Garda; Bergen County Police Academy. He is presently detailed from HSI/NY to the NYPD-Intelligence Bureau, Terrorist Interdiction Unit.   Dr. Xhudo can be reached at gxhudo@fdu.edu .