Living in a technology-driven society, our professors understand the importance of utilizing the internet for creative, engaging student learning. In the Criminal Justice Program, Donna L. Ross, Esq., Program Director and Assistant Professor, J.D., develops methods to enrich course material through the flipped classroom model where class time is devoted to exercises, projects, and hands-on discussions. This independent, interactive and technology-based “first exposure learning” attracts students on a modern-day level, and increases student participation.

International technology influence

A highly distinguished professor, Ross’ expertise and influence in technology integration have grown at the national and international level. She has presented her teaching strategies in New England and New Orleans. In 2012, she also shared her perspective at the International Association for Technology, Education and Development Conference (IATED) in Valencia, Spain.

“As an instructor, I believe in providing a supportive learning environment that challenges students to fulfill their potential, while enjoying and engaging in the learning process,” said Professor Ross. “I am always exploring new and innovative ways to achieve this goal in my classroom.”

Cutting-edge classroom experience

Professor Ross’ impressive experience in criminal justice not only prepares gradates for their careers, but creates exciting classroom discussions. A former criminal defense attorney in private practice, she was involved in criminal proceedings that included both jury and bench trials. Professor Ross also served as an administrative law judge to the State of Maryland. In this position, she presided over bench hearings involving over 500 different case types for over 30 state agencies. In addition, Ross represented criminal defendants before the highest Courts of Appeal in the State of Maryland.

Now, as an Assistant Professor, her interdisciplinary teaching combines the study of humanities, law, natural, behavioral and social sciences, balancing theoretical inquiry with applied knowledge. Both her passion and determination drives her to transform traditional learning to meet the ever-changing needs of future generations of students.

Every day our quality professors bring a high-level of practical expertise into the classroom. Through their innovative research, diverse professional experiences, and unique ability to bridge the gap between theoretical ideas and specific concepts, students are well-prepared for their future careers.

In the School of Applied Sciences, Justin Compton, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., recently received full certification from The Wildlife Society, an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship. For more than a decade, Compton participated in a selective, peer-review evaluation to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

Interdisciplinary learning

“My interest in wildlife has changed over the years as I have grown,” he said. “When I was younger, it was all about being in the field and going to wild places, now it’s about being interdisciplinary. I enjoy understanding how my work can play a role in the communities in which I live.”

In the classroom, Compton incorporates his research, blending interdisciplinary instruction with professional preparation. Some courses, such as Biology of Organisms and Ecological issues, naturally lend themselves to classroom learning with real-world experience, while others present more of a challenge. In sharing his field experience with students, Compton stays enthused and excited as a lifelong learner.

Student success & responsibility

“My advice for all students is to pursue what you love,” he concluded. “As an undergraduate, I worked for a professor for three years and, each year, acquired more knowledge and responsibility. Become an expert in your field and always find a way to better yourself.”

In the Applied Forensic Science Program, students combine biology, chemistry, and criminal justice courses to approach crime scene analysis. Our faculty members are renowned forensic scientists who have received awards for their teaching as well as scientific contributions. They provide training in our fully-equipped labs with hands-on personalized instruction from working in forensic investigation. Upon graduation, they prepare you for on-scene work in a wide variety of disciplines from police departments to medical examiners offices to federal agencies.

Unmatched forensic knowledge

Professor James Jabbour, Program Director, M.S., has held many positions as a retired Police Inspector after 30 years in law enforcement. His involvement in cases from crime scene investigation, forensic analysis, recreation, and reconstruction of evidence, has allowed him to bring a multidisciplinary approach to his teaching. Additionally, before coming to our college, he was assigned to the Witness Protection Program and a Computer Crimes Task Force, assisting with cold case investigations, homicides, police shootings and statewide prosecutions.

Leading in the field of forensics

Sharing his knowledge on several national, professional organizations, and task forces, Jabbour presents at specialized seminars and forensic training campus. He is also an Education Commissioner with the American College of Forensic Examiners and Lecturer with the Massachusetts Bio-Education Foundation. In this role, he conducts seminars to high school biotechnology programs about applied forensic science. Media organizations, furthermore, have asked Jabbour to contribute to their forensic science and crime scene documentation, including Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp,” which examines common everyday events and views them again in slow motion to uncover the many principles of physics.