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Criminal Justice Department: Faculty/Staff

CJ Faculty

Christopher Bertram
Adjunct Instructor

  • M.A. in Security Studies in Homeland Defense from U. S. Naval Postgraduate School
  • M.B.A. from City University of Seattle
  • Graduate, FBI National Academy Session
  • Deputy Police Chief in Salt Lake County, Utah, 22 years experience in law enforcement with experience in investigations, juvenile investigations, patrol, homeland security, narcotics, criminal intelligence, fugitives, federal task forces and administrative services
  • Adjunct Professor at Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Published article on emergency preparedness for law enforcement organizational resilience and thesis on factors for collaborative success  in law enforcement functions
Paul Bowdre

Paul Bowdre
Adjunct Instructor

  • B.S. in sociology from Western Carolina University
  • M.S. in criminal justice administration from Mountain State University and M.P.S. in health and human services from Lynn University
  • Ed.S. in computer education from Nova Southeastern University
  • Graduate certificates completed in aging studies (Lynn University), community college teaching (California State University, Dominguez Hills), educational technology (Chadron State College), and higher education assessment (James Madison University)
  • Presently completing a Ph.D. at Northcentral University
  • 13 years of law enforcement experience with assignments in patrol, organized crime, narcotics, criminal intelligence, white collar crime, and professional standards – attained the rank of captain with the Palm Beach, FL Police Department
  • 10 years of state-level correctional investigative experience as a senior inspector with the Office of Inspector General - Florida Department of Corrections and as an investigative lieutenant with the Investigations Unit - Wyoming Department of Corrections

Liz Brown
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Department Chair
Curriculum Coordinator, Criminal Investigation

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration with a Criminal Justice concentration from North Central University
  • Masters of Forensic Sciences from George Washington University
  • BS in Criminal Justice and Political Science from SUNY Brockport
  • Prior to this position, Liz was a Latent Print Examiner with the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences and before that a Forensic Scientist with the Indiana State Police Forensics Laboratory
  • Member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
Susan Buckley

Susan E. Buckley
Visiting Associate Professor

Curriculum Coordinator, Criminal Justice AAS

  • M.S. Ed. from SUNY Potsdam
  • B.S. Ed. from SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Five years of experience as a math teacher
  • 21 years of law enforcement experience with the New York State Police
  • 5 years as a state trooper
  • Instructor at the New York State Police Academy
  • 8 years as a BCI investigator
  • Narcotics investigator
  • Criminal unit investigator
  • Acting unit supervisor
  • Held permanent rank of sergeant
  • 8 years as a senior investigator
  • Supervisor of BCI field unit which encompassed four SP stations

Kevin Carvill
Adjunct Instructor

  • J.D., University at Buffalo School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, English, St. Lawrence University
  • The Clarkson School Alumnus
  • Research Interests: Criminal Law, Ethics, Film Studies, Critical Theory

Lisa Colbert

Curriculum Coordinator, CJ: Law Enforcement Leadership

  • Post-Master’s Certificate, General Education, Northcentral, 2014
  • M.A. - SUNY Empire: Social Policy - 2003
  • B.A. - SUNY Potsdam: Sociology - 1990
  • A.A.S. - SUNY Canton: Criminal Justice - 1997
  • Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Association
  • ACJA - American Criminal Justice Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education
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Michelle Currier

  • B.A. in English, SUNY Potsdam
  • B.A. in Secondary Education, SUNY Potsdam
  • M.S., Florida State University
  • Presently completing Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Nova Southeastern University
  • 5 years of experience in NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • 14 years of experience teaching, various levels and disciplines
  • Published book chapter oin teaching and technology
  • Member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: Corrections Section
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology: Corrections and Sentencing Section; and Developmental/Life Course Criminology Section
  • Member of the American Correctional Association


Charles Donoghue
Adjunct Instructor

  • Chief of Police for Watertown Police Department
  • Was the director of training for City of Watertown Police Department for several years
  • Was a Lt. and detective with City of Watertown Police Department
  • Earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University
Brian Harte

Dr. Brian K. Harte

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration (Concentration: Organizations/management)
  • Master of Criminal Justice – Tarleton State University
  • Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management/Homeland Security – Trident University International (expected 2017)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management – Trident University International (expected May, 2015)
  • Bachelor of Social Work – University of Central Texas
  • Former Probation Administrator in the state of Texas
  • Former Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) administrator
  • Seven year's recent professional experience as a Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Six year's experience as a juvenile justice trainer
  • Over eight years experience teaching criminal justice students at both the college and university level
  • Branch Chief of eLearning/Public Affairs (BC-ATE), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Unit Leader Spearhead Detachment – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Deeply committed to facilitating a strong cooperative working relationship among both practitioners and academics. To this end, Brian has published articles in several professional journals including: Texas Probation, Executive Exchange, Journal of Corrections, and Project Spotlight News in Brief – Sam Houston State University.
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Lisa Hoover
Adjunct Instructor

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
  • MA in Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University
  • Completed internships at Public Defender’s Office of Monroe County, St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, and the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, 4th Appellate Department.
  • Research assistant at Syracuse University College of Law

Justin Spaulding

Curriculum Coordinator, Homeland Security

  • Working on Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice at Walden University
  • Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University
  • B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Worked for the Colorado Springs Police Department for 13 years

Andrea Stagnari

Adjunct Instructor

  • M.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • B.T., Criminal Investigation, SUNY Canton
  • Manager of Accreditation, Compliance, and Grants at Syracuse University, Department of Public Safety

Charles Russo

  • Current Doctoral Candidate in Dissertation with Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership
  • M.A. in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Collections from American Military University, 2012
  • B.A. in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, 2008
  • 26 years of experience in Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
  • Experience with FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency
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Dwayne Wisbey

Adjunct Instructor

  • M.B.A., Long Island University
  • B.S., SUNY Geneseo
  • Deputy, Onondaga County Sheriff's Department
  • Forensic Document Examiner

Andrew Wood
Adjunct Instructor

  • Masters in Criminal Justice, Metropolitan School of Criminal Studies
  • Contracts within the Department of Education as well as SUNY Canton tutoring
  • Served as Advisor to the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA), Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA), and Kappa Phi Omega sorority
  • Won three regional championships and a National win as past president of the ACJA.

Criminal Justice Department
Department Chair
Elizabeth Brown