Master of Science

MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security

Homeland security practitioners secure critical infrastructure and transportation, protect the borders, prepare for and respond to disasters, investigate and counter terrorism to secure our country on a daily basis. We have incorporated many of the prominent homeland security and criminal justice concepts into a curriculum delivered by senior homeland security practitioners with significant and current experience. Their experiences add richness to students’ understanding with real-world examples, and help students build a thorough understanding of the current challenges and the changing landscape of the homeland security apparatus in the U.S.

Graduate Program Tabs

Tiffin University is well regarded as an academic institution, and as such, the MS in CJ program will have no shortage of theoretical underpinnings and conceptual foundations, backed by academic research studies. Unique to the Tiffin approach, our students not only benefit from rigorous academic study, but also from receiving academic instruction from highly successful, experienced faculty with years of real-world field experience at every level of both criminal justice and homeland security disciplines. Graduates from the Tiffin MS in CJ program in homeland security will find themselves well positioned for many federal positions as well as positions at the state and local levels. Additionally, graduates who attain federal employment within the homeland security sector will enjoy a breadth of homeland security exposure that their coworkers may not typically enjoy. This breadth of understanding affords graduates to make an immediate impact in their chosen field of endeavor. It also provides graduates great flexibility in choosing their career paths within the diverse disciplines of criminal justice and homeland security, because graduates understand the organizations and agencies, which utilize these disciplines so well.

Transfer Credit Opportunity
Prospective students, who have completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Certification (CLEE), may receive up to three (3) credit hours of transfer credit into this program.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Testimonial

“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Homeland Security Concentration – 30 hours

  • JUS510 Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
  • JUS515 Research Design and Analysis
  • JUS520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
  • JUS526 Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
  • ENF520 The Intelligence Community
  • ENF530 Emergency Management
  • ENF640 Terrorism and Emerging Threats
  • ENF665 Cyber Security and Technology in Homeland Security
  • ENF570 Homeland Security Sectors
  • ENF680 Practical Application of Policy in HS (Capstone)

Total MS in CJ – 30 hours

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

The Intelligence Community (ENF520) - Provides an examination of the creation and continuing evolution of the US Intelligence Community (IC) in the post 9/11 era. The IC’s missions, responsibilities and legal authorities will be explored. Students will hold an in-depth discussion on the IC’s successes, failures, and purported controversies. An assignment using the entire intelligence cycle will be developed throughout the course; students will present their findings and develop follow-on intelligence requirements based on evaluations from their peers.

Cyber Security and Technology in Homeland Security (ENF665) - This course provides a broad overview of cyber security and the role it plays in homeland security. The course examines technology as a tool to support information systems, inspections and surveillance, communications, knowledge management, and cyber security to support the Homeland Security Mission. The course describes the interdependencies, benefits, and barriers that technology creates within Homeland Security with a focus on governance structures and technology trends.

Homeland Security Sectors (ENF570) - This course is designed to challenge students to examine the concept of homeland security from a variety of important sectors. As part of this focus of study, students will look at different homeland security sectors and evaluate their impact on national security. During this course, emphasis will be placed on immigration, border security, transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, and public health issues among other topics. Each of these areas will be looked at on a spectrum from the protective factors currently being implemented, to the effect of a terrorist attack on each sector. Students will read multiple open source documents related to the homeland security sectors, and will be tasked with analyzing current security methodologies and offering new solutions to existing problems.

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Faculty

Craig Stapley
Craig Stapley

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.

stapleycs@tiffin.edu

Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., in Political Science, University of Oklahoma
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., in Japanese, Brigham Young University

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.

Dr. Stapley has been involved in the field of security studies for over 15 years and in International Relations and Comparative Politics for over 25 years. In that time, he has travelled extensively, spending time in Japan, China, the Soviet Union (in 1989), and Israel. He has also worked in government and casualty insurance fields.

Dr. Stapley received his B.A. in Japanese from Brigham Young University and was working in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh staged the Oklahoma City Terrorist Bombing. Based on that experience and others, he returned to school to pursue graduate work. He completed a Master of Public Administration in 2001 and a Doctorate in Political Science with an emphasis on terrorist targeting from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

Dr. Stapley taught at the University of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2004 as a Graduate Teaching Associate, teaching independent classes of American Government and International Relations in both traditional and online settings. He then taught at Kansas State University from 2005 to 2016 in traditional, online and video teleconference settings. While at Kansas State, he also directed the graduate program in Security Studies. Also while at Kansas State University, Dr. Stapley guest-lectured and conducted classes at the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tiffin University. Dr. Stapley also has an unusual teaching background including teaching English as a Second Language as well as university classes in dance.

Dr. Stapley has presented scholarship at The Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and at professions conferences including the International Studies Association, the Peace Science Society, and the Southwest Social Science Association Conference.

His scholarship has appeared in such peer reviewed journals as the Open Journal of Political Science (2014), Journal of Politics (2014), International Interactions (2014), Global Security Studies (2012), and Contemporary Security Policy (2006). He has also contributed to the edited volumes Terrorism’s Unanswered Questions (2008), and The Handbook of Security (2006). Dr. Stapley has also published book reviews in the American Political Science Association Legislative Studies Section (2001).

Dr. Stapley has been a member of the editorial board of the refereed journal Global Security Studies as well as Research Associate at the Consortium for Small Arms Research, and Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He has won and been nominated for University wide awards for teaching and advising.

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism
Craig Stapley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism
Scott Blough
Scott Blough

Scott Blough

BloughS@tiffin.edu
419-448-3330

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

Executive Director of Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • M.S., Tiffin University

Scott Blough

Scott Blough, CISSP serves as the Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Director of the Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics at Tiffin University where he is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies, specializing in cyber security and digital forensics, policy development, international crime, and security studies.  Professor Blough served as the National Co-Chair for the Maritime Risk Symposium 2017: Cyber Security in the Maritime Transportation System and was a member of the United States Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s Maritime Cyber University Partnership Effort: Fostering Collaboration, Research & Contributions to the Body of Knowledge. He serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Maritime and Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for cyber and international security issues. He was a featured speaker on unconventional cyber threats to national security in the maritime sector at the DHS Center of Excellence Summit. He has led research on unmanned aircraft and underwater vehicle cyber vulnerabilities for DHS Centers of Excellence. Additionally he has been a featured speaker on cyber security issues for the Arctic Domain Awareness Center Incidents of National Significance exercise. He has conducted cyber security training for the United States Coast Guard, CISO Exchange, and numerous government and not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of InfraGard; the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee, where he is the Chair of the Governance Sub-Committee; the Information Systems Security Association Central Ohio Chapter; and is an active participant in the Information Security Summit. He served on the Criminal Justice Information Systems Advisory Board during the mid-1990’s and was actively involved in criminal justice information system integration and access projects where he developed the security policies and protocols for the initial Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway project. He obtained grant funding to establish a NIBRS compliant records management system at the Marion Police Department and was responsible for the overall administration and security of the integrated in-car mobile data terminals. He has also consulted on numerous security projects in large metropolitan areas and successfully investigated cases involving multi-million dollar fraud.

He has authored numerous publications on cyber security, international justice issues, and consults on cyber security, security and justice policy, technology application, and corrections issues. His publications include: “Maritime Risk Symposium 2017: Cyber Security in the Maritime Transportation System Proceedings” (2019); “Maritime Cyber Security: What About Forensics’, Issues in Maritime Cyber Security (2017); “Cyber Shoal Waters: Understanding and Meeting Emerging Cyber Threats to the Marine Transportation System”, Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (2017); “Maritime Cyber Security: The Wrong Formula”, Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (2017). He was also featured as a “Pick of the Week” for December 4-8, 2017 for an interview on maritime cyber security with the World Maritime News (2017).

Scott Blough
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Scott Blough
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

CJSS Internship Coordinator

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D. Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement.  Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations.  She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local police department and works as a patrolman from time to time.  She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness.  She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Charles White
Charles White

Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.

WhiteCM@tiffin.edu
419-448-3500

Assistant Professor Criminal Justice

Department Chair CJNS Undergraduate Online/Off-Campus / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., Cleveland State University
  • M.S., University of Cincinnati
  • Ph.D., Capella University

Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.

Dr. Charles “Mike” White currently works as an associate professor at Tiffin University. He is a certified polygraph examiner with specialties not only in polygraph examination but also in training and advising local and international police officers. Dr. White developed the search and seizure training for United Nations officers in Liberia West Africa and assisted in the development of curriculum at the Baghdad Police College in Iraq. He is a former detective as the Norwalk Ohio police department and served 8 years as the chief of the Monroeville Ohio police department. Dr. White was also served as the in country program director for American Rule of Law team in Liberia West Africa.

White has published articles on cost-benefit analysis and police ethics. He also in an interested in the effect of education on policing as well as interviewing and interrogation, having completed studies in both areas. He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University and his master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. White received his PhD from Capella University.

Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Criminal Justice
Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Criminal Justice
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

LewisMR@tiffin.edu
419-448-3305

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Executive Director of Crime Scene House

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Myers University, Criminal Justice
  • M.S., Tiffin University, Criminal Justice Administration
  • Walden University, Policy and Public Administration (ABD)

Michael Lewis

Michael R. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Prior to this appointment, Lewis retired as a police officer in Northeast Ohio where he served in various positions including the detective bureau, patrol division, swat unit, and hostage negotiations unit. Throughout his career as a distinguished lawman, Lewis received extensive administrative and tactical leadership training through the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy, Metro Dade Swat Unit, Def-Tech, Secret Service, and the FBI. He also has an extensive working background in grant writing, policy, and procedural development. As a former Swat Commander he wrote policy and has evaluated international tactical commands. Lewis is a certified Hostage Negotiator and has experience in peacefully resolving many critical incidents.

Additionally, Professor Lewis has taught and lectured extensively at various police academies and specializes in civil disturbances and riot control techniques. He maintains certifications and professional affiliations in the law enforcement community. Lewis proudly served as a Gunner's Mate in the United States Navy.

Professor Lewis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Management, and is completing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Homeland Security.

He has always valued the importance of formal education and has committed himself to a life of learning, growth, and public service. Additionally, Lewis was selected and successfully completed The Harvard University Kennedy School of Executive Leadership Program. He also attended the specialization program of Crisis Leadership at Harvard.

Lewis is a Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist through the Anti- Terrorism Accreditation Board and provides consulting services to the Department of Homeland Security. He also completed the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Program at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

He has lectured nationally about current homeland security issues and has appeared on IGTV in New York City, Blog Talk Radio, and National Public Radio Shows as a guest speaker and contributor.

Michael Lewis
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Michael Lewis
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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