Robert F. Vodde, Ph.D.
Robert F. Vodde, Ph.D., is Provost of the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. Vodde served in his previous position for 16 years. He was instrumental in spearheading the development of the criminal justice program on the Metropolitan Campus, which began with just eight students and has evolved into a major school in University College. The school houses a thriving undergraduate and graduate program in criminal justice, undergraduate programs in political science and international studies, as well as three interdisciplinary minors in legal studies, social justice advocacy, and computer forensics.
Dr. Vodde holds a PhD from the University of Leicester, an MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, an MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BS from William Paterson University. Before entering academia, Dr. Vodde enjoyed a 25-year career in law enforcement where during his last 10 years of service, he served as Chief of Police.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, Dr. Vodde is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). As a State Certified Police Instructor, Dr. Vodde was active in developing and instructing courses in criminal law, criminal investigation, management and administration, organizational change, leadership, and most recently a course that addressed the importance of critical thinking and emotional intelligence. He is author of Andragogical Instruction for Effective Police Training (Cambria Press, 2009) and "Organizational Paradigms for Police Training and Education" (INTERPOL International Police Training Journal, 2011.)
Dr. Vodde's primary research interest and publications have focused on the application of learning theory and practice as they relate to police training and education. In an earlier book which addressed The Efficacy of Andragogical Instructional Methodologies in Basic Police Training and Education, his research was described as ground-breaking in emphasizing the importance of the learning process inherent to basic training, thus providing officers a clearer understanding and perspective of their role within today's sophisticated and ever changing society (see http://www.cambriapress.com/abi/9781604976083abi.pdf).
Dr. Vodde's research has involved working with numerous national and international policing agencies, including the FBI, the New York City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police (for whom he has consulted), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the United Marine Corps, the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard), the Netherlands National Crime Intelligence Service, and Interpol. He continues to consult in areas of police training and education, policy and procedures, curriculum development, and public administration.
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