Master of Science in Criminal Justice


Program Manager

Allison Crowson, MJA



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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.

Student Services Advisor
Jennifer West, M.S.

Jennifer West joined the advisor team in July 2017 as a Student Services Advisor for the several graduate programs. After 20 years in education, administration and education technology, she is thrilled to be a part of Norwich University and bring her experience and communications expertise to these programs. She arrived to Norwich University from California where she earned her master's degree at Stanford University, education credentialing from Santa Clara University and undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Assistant Program Manager
Chelsea Copeland

Chelsea Copeland joined Norwich University Online 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 degree programs for 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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Featured Faculty

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.

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Robert Pauly, PhD

Robert Pauly is a faculty member in the diplomacy and international relations graduate programs at Norwich. Specializing in American foreign policy and national security, he is fluent in French and German languages. Robert has published numerous books, articles and book chapters on various subjects. He a tenured Associate Professor of International Policy and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. He earned his master's and doctorate in international studies from Old Dominion University.

Recent Publications

US Foreign Policy and the Persian Gulf: Safeguarding American Interests Through Selective Multilateralism (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2005).

Islam in Europe: Integration or Marginalization? (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004).

Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy, edited volume (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2010).

“An Assessment of the Barack H. Obama Administration’s Approach to the Threats to US National Security Posed by Iran,” in Jack Covarrubias, Douglas Brattebo, Tom Lansford and Robert P. Watson, ed., The Obama Presidency: A Preliminary Assessment (New York: SUNY Press, 2012).


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Hayat Alvi, PhD
Clifford Bates, PhD

Clifford Bates joined Norwich University in 2004 as a lecturer for international law. He is also a professor at Warsaw University's American Studies Center since 2002 where he has taught courses on American political institutions (i.e., Congress, The Presidency, State and Local Government, Federalism, the Courts, as well as the U.S. Political System), the American political tradition, American Constitutionalism, and American Political History (e.g., the Civil War, the Founding of the U.S. Constitution).  He has also taught at the Warsaw University’s Institute of International Relations, between 1999 to 2014, offered courses at the graduate school on Graduate Research Methods, Comparative Politics, Statecraft and Statesmanship, and American National Security Institution and Policy.  

Bates was formerly (1999-2004) an external consultant for the Polish Ministry of Labor and Social Policy’s Department of European Integration and International Cooperation, as well as (in 2004-6) an external consultant on comparative constitutionalism for the Polish Constitutional Tribunal. He is a frequent commentator dealing American Politics for Polish Media (on Radio and TV).

His doctoral work focused on the history of political philosophy, comparative politics and literature and politics. His doctoral dissertation was on kingship, democracy and the rule of law in Aristotle’s Politics Book 3. Bates is interested in classical political philosophy and how it offers a critique of modern political thought, especially contemporary democratic theory.  He is the author of Aristotle’s “Best Regime” Kingship, Democracy, and the Rule of Law (LSU Press, 2003). His second book is on The Centrality of the Regime for Political Science (Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2016).

Recent scholarly activities have been published in Political Studies Review and the Law and Politics Book Review (a journal of the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association). He is currently working on two manuscripts: the first a history of liberalism from Thomas Hobbes to Carl Schmitt. The second dealing manuscript, on the science of the regime in the thought of Aristotle and what it has to teach us about our politics today.

John Becker, PhD
Stefan Brooks, PhD
Eric Bush, PhD
George Franks, PhD
Michael Jackson, PhD
Jonathan Levy, PhD
Eileen Scully, PhD