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Adult Degree Programs: Criminal Justice and Criminology at University of Mount Olive

Program Description

Adding to the professional-oriented scope of learning through theory, research, and assessment, the criminal justice and criminology program at University of Mount Olive focuses on social and political aspects related to the field of criminal justice to help students glean a better understanding of world, both global and domestic.

To prepare students for various positions within the field of criminal justice as well as for graduate education, the program seeks to provide a wide-ranging foundation of knowledge pertaining to social justice, policy, crime, criminal behaviors, and the administration of criminal justice agencies. Students may augment their CJC major with a minor in sociology.

Mission

The mission of the Criminal Justice & Criminology Department is to encourage lifelong learning opportunities by preparing knowledgeable, creative, and ethical graduates equipped to address organizational and social change in the 21st century. The department is student-centered and dedicated to quality teaching that emphasizes respect, communication, team-building, critical inquiry, and personal responsibility.

Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Continually improve student learning.

Goal 2: Strengthen student learning opportunities.

Goal 3: Strengthen the college’s visibility and community relations.

 

Faculty

The department is staffed by full-time and adjunct faculty members, who possess multiple years of real-world experience within the areas of police, courts and corrections. Department members are accomplished in both their academic and professional communities through research, presentations and service with various academic and criminal justice constituents.

Dr. Aaron Carver, Department Chair

Instructor, Criminal Justice and Criminology
Lead Professor, University of Mount Olive – Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

  • Ph.D. – ABD in Business: Concentration in Homeland Security - Northcentral University
  • M.S. - Criminal Justice and Security Administration - University of Phoenix
  • B.S. - Criminal Justice Administration - University of Mount Olive

Mr. Carver is a graduate of the University of Mount Olive's Adult Education Program.  He pursued his Masters and became an adjunct instructor for the University and was subsequently hired as full-time faculty in 2010. Prior to joining the department, Instructor Carver served as a shift supervisor for Wayne Memorial Hospital Police in Goldsboro, NC and has a total of 23 years of law enforcement experience.  He currently maintains active certification with the Sharpsburg Police Department and is a certified field and supervisor training officer. Mr. Carver specializes in Statistics and Terrorism/Homeland Security along with an increasing variety of courses, and is presently working on his dissertation on societal response to terrorist activity.

Dr. G. S. Coffey

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminology & Sociology
Lead Professor, University of Mount Olive – Wilmington

  • Ph.D. - Sociology - University of Tennesee - Knoxville
    • Concentrations: Criminology, Sociology of Law, Social Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma - Center for European Integration Studies -         
    • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat, Bonn, Germany
  • J.D. - George Mason University School of Law
  • B.S. - Administration of Justice - Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. - Spanish - Virginia Commonwealth University

Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology, Dr. Coffey served as a Senior Prosecuting Attorney for ten years where he engaged in criminal trials and the appellate process, appearing before two state supreme courts. He has taught at the university level for 17 years and continues to engage in research. Dr. Coffey is published in academic journals and presents at academic conferences annually. Versed in the law and systems analysis, Dr. Coffey presently serves as the department chair and specializes in teaching Theory and Methods courses as well as the Senior Thesis (curriculum capstone) Project.

Dr. Robert Fisher

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Lead Professor, University of Mount Olive – Research Triangle Park

  • Ph.D. – Capella University - Human Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice
  • M.A. - Duke University - Liberal Studies
  • B.S. - Fayetteville State University – Criminal Justice

Dr. Fisher retired in 2004 as a Captain with the Fayetteville Police Department after 30 years of service. After serving in the Air Force, he began his police career as a patrol officer in 1974, and progressed through the ranks and has collaborated with both stated and federal agencies. Dr. Fisher’s final 10 years in law enforcement were as a member of the Command Staff. After retiring, he also started and directed the first Adult Drug Treatment Court in Cumberland County from 2004-2006. Before coming to Mount Olive, Dr. Fisher taught at the undergraduate level for over 25 years as an adjunct at several colleges and universities. His research concentration centers on moral development, behavior, and social structures of those persons working in the American Criminal Justice System.

Dr. Allen Hull

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Lead Professor, UMO at Jacksonville

  • Ph.D. – Education - University of Southern Mississippi
    • Emphasis in Adult Education and Criminal Justice
  • M.S. - Health & Safety Education - University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A. - Political Science - Wright State University

Dr. Hull worked for the first half of his career at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Dayton, Ohio. He came to the University of Mount Olive in 1998 after several years of teaching at a community college and, subsequently, another university. Dr. Hull has extensive experience in communications, patrol, investigations, courts, and corrections. His primary area of interest is in risk management, especially as it relates to stress in criminal justice professionals. Dr. Hull most often teaches courses juvenile justice, policing, corrections, administration, and drugs in society.

Dr. Charles Robinson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Lead Professor, University of Mount Olive – Washington

  • J.D. - Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • M.A. - State University of New York at Albany School of Criminal Justice
  • B.A. - Wesleyan University: African Studies with a concentration in Religion

Prior to entering academe in 2010 at the University of Mount Olive, Dr. Robinson served as a trial and appellate lawyer with 25 years of experience litigating criminal and civil matters at the state and federal levels. He is a former Judge Advocate and Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a former Assistant Attorney General with the Tennessee Office of the Attorney General.  In addition to teaching legal and system based courses, Dr. Robinson teaches theory and research based courses along with the Senior Research Project.  He also engages in research and has presented at annual conferences for the Southern Sociological Society and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association.