Dr. Michael Breci is a Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University and coordinator of the Law Enforcement Certificate Program. He currently teaches Applied Criminology, Comparative Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Capstone in the undergraduate program. His prior work experience includes teaching at St. Cloud State University in the Sociology program, and serving as a police officer for the Sioux Falls Police Department and as a probation officer for the State of South Dakota.
His Ph.D. is in Sociology from Iowa State University, his M.S. is from South Dakota State University and his B.A. is from Sioux Falls College.
Thomas J. Cherney is an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State University, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He currently teaches Introduction to Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism in the undergraduate program. With 26 years in the United States Air Force and 12 years in Public Safety arenas, his prior professional experiences include, serving as a Chief of Airborne Reconnaissance and Certain Sensitive Operations, Current Operations, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as a senior intelligence officer, current operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was attached to the White House and National Security Council as a current operations officer and senior intelligence officer. He served as the Defense Intelligence Agency and Joint Chiefs of Staff current operations liaison officer to the Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Border Patrol, and other national intelligence agencies. In the Public Safety arena he served as the State of Minnesota communications and warning officer for Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Director of Operation for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Mr. Cherney is Post Certified Instructor, Certified Emergency Manager. He has been a guest lecturer, instructor and speaker at the Defense Intelligence Agency College, National Defense University, USAF Air War College, U.S. Army War College, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, and Minnesota State University.
He received his B.A. in sociology from the University of St. Thomas; his M.A. in Business Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, a master equivalent in National Security, from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a master equivalent in Staff Operations, from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Dr. Anne B. Cross is an Associate Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. She currently teaches Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice, Citizenship and Community Involvement, and the senior capstone course. She also supervises the SLC's internship program.
She received her doctorate in Sociology from Yale University and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota (summa cum laude). She has served on the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority, the Council on Crime and Justice's Somali Victimization Task Force, and the American Sociological Associations Departmental Resources Group. Her latest publication addresses key thinkers in sociology and their usefulness in undergraduate teaching (forthcoming in the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education).
Dr. James Densley is Assistant Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. He teaches Applied Criminology, Capstone, Literature in Criminal Justice, Research Seminar, Urban Violence, and Violent Crime Investigations in the undergraduate program and Causation and Prevention of Crime in the graduate program. His research interests include street gangs, organized crime, violence, and theoretical criminology. Densley is the author of How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has published a chapter in the Handbook on the Study of Multiple Perpetrator Rape (Routledge, 2013) and studies in the European Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Global Crime, Social Problems, and other leading social science journals. Densley's articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Review, Policing Today, and The Sun. He has appeared on local, national, and international television and radio shows.
Densley is trustee and director of Growing Against Gangs and Violence, an educational partnership with London's Metropolitan Police Service. He earned the D.Phil. and M.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's College), the M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and the B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology with American Studies from the University of Northampton. Densley is also a former NYC Teaching Fellow and Minnesota and New York State certified special education teacher.
Dr. Everett Doolittle is an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He teaches both graduate and under graduate courses. His major areas of concentration are: management practices and principles; leadership studies and theories; criminal investigations; and criminal justice ethics. Prior to taking a position at Metropolitan State University, Dr. Doolittle was a Senior Special Agent at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). While at the BCA, he supervised the BCA's Cold Case Homicide Unit. Under Everett's leadership, the Cold Case Unit was featured on CBS's 48 Hours and A&E's Cold Case Files.
Over the past thirty years, Dr. Doolittle has worked as a consultant and instructor in both the law enforcement and the civilian communities. He has provided specialized training and consulted in leadership, management and supervision practices, teambuilding, interviewing, conflict resolution, homicide investigations, law enforcement ethics, and ethical leadership. Professor Doolittle holds a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Master's degree in Management and Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Dr. Deborah Eckberg is an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and will be the coordinator of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program for the 2012-2013 academic year. Her teaching interests include research methods, victimology, and the criminal court system. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Dr. Eckberg worked as the Principal Research Associate for the Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County, MN) court. While her work background and expertise focus on the court system, Dr. Eckberg is interested in all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Dr. Eckberg's research interests cover a wide range of topics related to the court system (e.g., multiple DWI court, prosecutorial discretion in charging juvenile offenders, courtroom monitoring), as well as issues related to the intersection of culture and mental illness among criminal offenders. She contributed to the development of an online curriculum on mental health issues for Minnesota jails and law enforcement. She earned her B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Susan Hilal is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. During the 2012-2013 school year, she was on a sabbatical leave where she taught and did research at the University of Macau (Macau, China). She teaches primarily the senior capstone project and criminological theory. Her areas of research interest include police education, juvenile justice issues, and volunteerism.
She has published a variety of articles in both trade and peer-reviewed journals, most recently in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Homicide Studies, and FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. While at Metropolitan State University she has also served as coordinator of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program and Law Enforcement Certificate Program. Prior to working at Metropolitan State University she was an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas.
Dr. Jennifer Wingren is an Associate Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. Her main teaching interests include writing and research methodology, corrections, and women and crime. Her research interests include domestic violence, fear of crime, and citizenship/volunteerism.
Dr. Wingren received her B.A. in Sociology from Bemidji State University. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to working at Metropolitan State University she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Sociology/Criminal Justice.