Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Manager

Allison Crowson, MJA

Welcome to Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Completion Program

Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Completion program has been designed with law enforcement professionals in mind. Whether you are involved in military or civilian law enforcement, the CJ degree completion program is designed to help you reach that next milestone in your current career or transition to the next opportunity. The array of degree electives within the CJ program will allow you to tailor your degree to fit your current and future career goals.

Norwich University has a long history of educating stellar men and women in preparation for law enforcement careers in the military, public sector, and private industry. This online criminal justice bachelor’s degree completion program will allow Norwich to help today’s law enforcement professionals reach their potential in the field and beyond. Join professionals from around the globe and learn from experienced faculty who will serve as mentors as you complete your degree and open up new professional and personal possibilities for yourself.

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Allison Crowson is the program manager for both the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs at Norwich University. Previously she held the position of admissions director for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich. An adjunct faculty member and academic advisor in Norwich’s criminal justice department since 2006, she teaches courses on criminology, victimology, introduction to the criminal justice system and the police. She has also developed and taught courses online in criminal psychology, criminalistics, and juvenile justice. Prior to entering the academic arena, she worked in Vermont as a 911 dispatcher for the St. Albans Police Department and as a reserve police officer for the Panama City Beach Police Department. She earned a master’s degree in justice administration from Norwich University and a BA in transpersonal psychology from Burlington College.

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Assistant Program Manager
Chelsea Copeland

Chelsea Copeland NU ’12 joined the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in May 2016 as an enrollment adviser for bachelor's students. In February 2018, she assumed the role of Assistant Program Manager for Strategic Studies, National Security Studies, and Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree programs in a number of areas related to curriculum, instruction, and the assessment of student learning outcomes. Chelsea previous worked on Norwich's residential campus and handled the South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia states for admissions’ recruiting territory. Chelsea completed her bachelor’s degree in communications from Norwich in 2012. Her hobbies include running, hiking, yoga and spontaneous travel as she enjoys seeing/learning what the world has to offer.

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Enrollment Advisor
Alexa Ward, MA

Alexa Ward joined Norwich in spring 2017. She majored in psychology from SUNY Oswego and continued her education at Marist College where she completed a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Since graduation she's worked as both an educator and counselor, and is now pursuing her interest in higher education counseling by bringing her background, experience and passion to Norwich's advising team.

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Featured Faculty

Mark Beckner, MS

Mark Beckner has nearly 36 years of police experience at all levels, including 16 years as Chief of Police of the Boulder, CO Police Department. His past assignments have included patrol, detective, training, undercover work, crime scene investigation, hostage negotiator, traffic, sergeant, internal affairs investigator, commander, SWAT commander, and detective commander. During his career, he has been involved in a number of high profile cases receiving national attention. He has also been involved in police training through most of his career, including serving on the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) board in the state of Colorado. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He recently helped forge a collaborative partnership between state and local government by working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to open a DNA laboratory in the Boulder Police Department to serve the northeast region of Colorado. Prior to becoming an instructor for Norwich University, he had experience as a community college instructor, police training instructor, ethics instructor and guest lecturer at national conferences and the University of Colorado. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Colorado-Denver and a BS in criminal justice from Ferris State University.

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Art Amann, EdD

Art Amann, EdD is an adjunct faculty member for Norwich University’s online criminal justice program. He is a former prison warden, chief adult probation/parole officer and was director of a police academy in Northwest Pennsylvania. Amann also works as a consultant with numerous Criminal Justice Advisory Boards across Pennsylvania and is the director of the Public Safety Institute at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. He earned his doctorate in higher education leadership and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

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Jevon Thompson, MPA

Jevon Thompson is an adjunct faculty member for Norwich University’s online Bachelor of Criminal Justice. He works in the education and training division at the University of Maryland Baltimore Police Force. He received a crime prevention through environmental design professional designation (CPD) from the national institute of crime prevention. His disciplines include project development, DHS/FEMA based threat and risk assessment, hazard identification, mitigation planning, policy review, statistical analysis, and critical asset protection. He performed institutional security assessments in higher education and partnered with the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security participating in critical asset analysis. Additionally, he has presented crime prevention concepts on a $305.4 million school of medicine research building project and collaborated with environmental health and safety practitioners on state and federal regulatory processes. Outside of teaching and training, he published multiple articles in prominent law enforcement magazines including 9-1-1 Magazine and Law Officer magazine. He holds a master's degree in public administration degree from Norwich University and a BS in Christian Life and Ministry from Lancaster Bible College.

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Steve Piwowarski

Steve Piwowarski is currently the Division Administrator for the New Hampshire Division of the USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a modal administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation whose mission is to save lives and reduce crashes involving commercial motor vehicles on our nations highways. In addition to his responsibilities as the DA in NH, he has taught all discipline in his agency to incoming employees at the FMCSA Academy as well as to fellow federal, state and local law enforcement agencies developing and delivering training in all areas of CMV Safety, including Commercial Vehicle Criminal Interdiction since 1992.  As an adjunct faculty member he has taught the Drugs and Gangs course and has enhanced the delivery of that course through his experiences over 25 years with the USDOT – FMCSA. He is a 1990 graduate of Norwich University, cum laude, and in 2006 he earned his Master of Justice Administration also from Norwich University.

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Andrew Countis, MA

Andrew Countis is the Coordinator of Prior Learning for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University and an adjunct faculty member for several Norwich online bachelor’s programs. He has over 15 years of experience in education in a variety of capacities. For Norwich, he has developed and taught several history courses including HIST210 History of the United States Constitution, HIST310 Historical Studies, and HIST425 American Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University, and his master’s degree in history from Southeastern Louisiana University. His areas of specialization include the modern American presidency and presidential elections.

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Faculty

Kathleen McDonald, PhD

Kathleen McDonald has been a professor at Norwich University since 2005, specializing in early American literature, crime literature, and film studies. In addition to frequent student advising activities, she is involved in a number of university and departmental committees. Prior to joining the Norwich faculty, she was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Albany-SUNY and at Siena College. She’s written and edited several publications, including Americanization of History: Conflation of Time and Culture in Film and Television. She is a member of several professional organizations, such as the Modern Languages Association, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the College English Association. She holds a PhD and MA in English studies from the University at Albany-SUNY and a BA in theatre performance from Rhode Island College.

Frank Colaprete, EdD

Dr. Frank Colaprete is an adjunct faculty member at Norwich University and an associate professor of criminal justice administration at Keuka College in Keuka Park, New York. He teaches, consults, and conducts independent criminal justice research as the owner and lead consultant of Justice Systems Solutions, LLC.

He is a certified litigation specialist and certified master instructor and instructor evaluator through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Public Safety. A retired police lieutenant, he is the author of three textbooks: Internal Investigations: A Practitioner’s Approach, Mentoring in the Criminal Justice Professions: Conveyance of the Craft, and Pre-Employment Background Investigations for Public Safety Professionals. His work includes numerous articles on police management, training, and investigations. His research has garnered the Top 10 finalist award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police / Motorola Corporation Webber Seavey Award process and has also been featured in the National League of Cities database for successful municipal programs. Dr. Colaprete has been featured as a subject matter expert contributor in internal and pre-employment investigations for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the Privacy Piracy/KUCI radio talk show at the University of California at Irvine.

He holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University and a master of science in organization management/strategic management from Roberts Wesleyan College.

David Blank, PhD, MBA

A member of the Norwich University faculty since 2008, David Blank primarily teaches courses in chemistry and forensic science. He previously held teaching positions at Dartmouth College, Castleton State College, and Keene State College. In addition to teaching, he works as an independent contractor conducting pharmaceutical industry and chemical research. The owner of five patents and the author of more than 20 publications, he holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Dartmouth College, an MBA in organizational leadership from Norwich University, an ScM in analytical organic photochemistry from Saint Joseph’s University, and a BS in chemistry from Albright College.