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Criminal Justice Department: Faculty/Staff

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

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
Susan Buckley

Susan E. Buckley
Visiting Associate Professor

  • 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

Lisa Colbert

  • 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


Tom Dempsey
Adjunct Instructor

  • Masters’ degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice Administration
  • Prior to joining the faculty he was the Director of the Police Training Institute (PTI) at the University of Illinois. PTI is one of the largest police academies in the United States
  • Mr. Dempsey was also a faculty member and program director at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia
  • Retired police officer from southern California. Mr. Dempsey has extensive experience internationally both in training police and presenting at conferences
  • Worked in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Russia, India and Israel
  • Published two books and a chapter in another. He also has published numerous articles nationally and internationally

Charles Donoghue
Adjunct Instructor

  • Lieutenant of City of Watertown Police Department
  • Was the director of training for City of Watertown Police Department for several years
  • Was a detective with City of Watertown Police Department for four years
  • Earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University

Liz Erickson
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice Department Chair

  • BS in Criminal Justice and Political Science from SUNY Brockport
  • Masters of Forensic Sciences from George Washington University
  • Presently a doctoral student in business administration at North Central University
  • 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), member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and a former certified latent print examiner with New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

Paul Garten
Adjunct Instructor

  • Has over 30 years of operational, project, and crisis management experience in counterterrorism, law enforcement, and emergency management
  • Expertise in Emergency Planning and Response, WMD, Counterterrorism/ Counter-IED Operations, Training Development & Presentation, and Exercise Planning & Control
  • Retired as the FBI Bureau Chief of the Bomb Data Center
  • Commanded the FBI’s 180 Special Agent Bomb Technicians throughout the United States. 
  • Earned a  Master of Science degree in Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Management from Elmira College
Brian Harte

Dr. Brian K. Harte

Curriculum Coordinator, Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership

  • 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.

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

Shani Mitchell
Adjunct Instructor

  • J.D. Florida State University College of Law
  • M.C.J, Boston University
  • B.S. Mathematics, Spellman College
  • Paralegal Instructor - Atlanta Technical College
  • Adjunct Instructor, ITT Technical Institute
  • Assistant Solicitor General, Office of the Clayton County Solicitor General, Jonesboro, GA
  • Adjunct Instructor - Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Senior District Attorney, Fulton County, Atlanta, GA
  • Sole Practitioner, Law Office of Shani Y. Curry, LLC
  • Member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
Michael Smythe

Michael Smythe

Adjunct Instructor

  • M.A., Liberty University
  • Retired from NY States Department of Corrections
  • Retired from U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • Current Contract Special Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security

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

Dwayne Wisbey

Adjunct Instructor

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



Criminal Justice Department
Department Chair
Elizabeth Brown