JLA's faculty successfully combines academic and practitioner perspectives, with a commitment to academic excellence, professionalism and integrity. Our full-time faculty instructors are experienced professionals in law enforcement, criminology, corrections and law, who are committed to providing relevant, challenging courses that not only develop students' minds but enhance their career opportunities.
JLA also has a full complement of dedicated adjunct faculty who have exceptional credentials and experience. Several have been with us for a decade or more.
Our full-time faculty are:
Hon. William P. De Feo, J.D.
Office: WS 349C
Professor DeFeo is a retired Connecticut
State Probate Court Judge. The jurisdiction of his court
included decedent's matter, estates, trusts, family law,
guardianship, conservatorship, and children's matters. He
received his Bachelor's Degree in English at Iona College, his
Master's in English Literature at Fordham University, and his Juris
Doctor at Pace University School of Law. He was admitted to
the New York Bar in 1986 and to the Connecticut Bar in 1991.
Judge DeFeo has been a member of the WCSU adjunct faculty since
2003. He became an Assistant Professor in 2014 and has taught
a variety of classes in legal studies and legal writing.
He lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and a
disagreeable cat named Brutus.
Terrence P. Dwyer
Office: WS 346
- Certificate in Labor Studies Cornell University
- B.A. Fordham University
- J.D. Pace University School of Law
Professor Dwyer retired from the New York State Police after a 22 year career, 17½ years of which were as an Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). His assignments were with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Troop K BCI and Violent Crimes Investigative Team (Major Crimes Unit). Prior to the NYSP he served as a Correction Officer in the NYC Department of Correction and a Court Officer in the NYC Courts for 2½ years.
His law practice has included several general practice areas over the years, including real estate, criminal, commercial litigation, estate planning and administration, and public sector labor law. Professor Dwyer’s representation of clients has included litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, NYC Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings, NYC Office of Collective Bargaining, NYS Public Employees Relations Board, NYS Division of Human Rights, trial matters in state and federal court, and client appeals to the New York State Appellate Term, 9th Judicial District and the New York State Appellate Division, 2nd and 3rd Departments.
Over the years Professor Dwyer has been involved in police litigation and disciplinary cases either as an attorney or as a consultant. As a lecturer Professor Dwyer has been requested to give presentations to trade associations such as the American Society for Industrial Security, Westchester County and Hudson Valley Chapters, regional law enforcement training centers such as the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas, security company training groups and local organizations. Professor Dwyer has been certified and testified as a police expert in the New York courts. Since 2008 Professor Dwyer has been the Police Liability & Litigation columnist for PoliceOne.com. In addition to his PoliceOne.com articles Professor Dwyer has authored several peer-reviewed academic articles and is the author of the textbook Legal Issues in Homeland Security: U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Commentary & Questions. Professor Dwyer’s publications have been cited in criminal justice textbooks, academic articles and case briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, he has been consulted by prosecutors, news outlets, law enforcement agencies, and litigation teams as an expert in police procedures, gangs and organized crime. The areas of public and private sector law enforcement liability and misconduct, law enforcement disciplinary process, use of force issues, Fourth Amendment and privacy issues, and critical incident policy are of special interest and research focus.
Dr. Michael O. Foley
Office: WS 352
- BA, Iona College
- MPA, John Jay College
- MPhil, City University of New York
- Ph.D. City University of New York
Dr. Casey Jordan
Office: WS 401
- B.A. Political Science, Law & Society, University of Tulsa
- M.A. Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- M.Phil. Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate School (John Jay College)
- Ph.D. Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate School (John Jay College)
- J.D. Quinnipiac College of Law
Dr. Jordan is a criminologist and attorney with more than twenty years of university teaching, mediation, scholarly research and criminal justice consulting experience. Emphasis on teaching excellence and curriculum development has resulted in several pedagogical publications, including Allyn & Bacon's Blockbuster Approach series (Blockbuster Approach to Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Anthropology). Grant-funded research and scholarly journal articles reflect her studies on homicide trends, serial killing and multicide, human trafficking, victimology (child abuse, domestic violence, homicide and sexual assault), and police studies, including articles in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, and the Praeger Handbook of Victimology, and African Americans & Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. She is certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Health Law.
Dr. Jordan has served the In Session Criminologist and Legal Analyst on CNN’s sister station TruTV, as well as the in-house CNN Criminologist covering unfolding crime stories and offering play-by-play assessment during live trials. She has represented WCSU as a guest criminologist, legal analyst, or expert commentator with more than 1200 television shows and newspaper stories, including 48 Hours Mystery, ABC News 20/20, NBC Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, and on many current events shows (such as The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360, etc.) on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Court TV, and America's Most Wanted. She has been quoted or featured in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Yankee magazine, USA Today, and Oprah’s ‘O’ magazine.
Dr. Jordan is a frequent guest speaker at criminology associations, forensic conferences and justice forums, including annual presentations at Danbury Hospital’s Pediatrics Conference and the Exploration Program at Yale University. She appeared in TruTV’s
reality show Unsolved Murder Unit, where she teamed with a forensic
pathologist and police detective to reprocess evidence and develop leads
in unsolved homicide cases. She currently offers case analysis for
Investigation Discovery's series. "I (Almost) Got Away With It" and
"Scorned: Love Kills," as well as interviewing female subjects and
analyzing their behavior for ID's newest show "Wives with Knives."
George F. Kain, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Master of Science in Justice Administration Program
Office: WS 347
Dr. George Kain is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Justice and Law Administration and focuses his teaching in the area of capital punishment, and institutional and community based corrections. He is a retired State of Connecticut Judicial Branch administrator, having served as both an adult probation officer and a special programs administrator before moving to WestConn to teach full-time in 1994. He graduated in 2006 with his Ph.D. in criminal justice from the City University of New York (John Jay College of Criminal Justice). He is currently a police commissioner in the Town of Ridgefield, CT, having first been elected in 1999 and then re-elected every four years thereafter.
Dr. Kain has been affiliated with Western CT State University for over 30 years. He began as an undergraduate student in 1978, and graduated with a BS in Justice and Law Administration in 1982. He immediately started graduate school and earned an MS in Guidance and Counseling from WCSU in 1985. He then began to adjunct in the JLA Division in 1986, and was hired full-time in 1994.
Dr. Kain is involved in many civic and community-related activities. He is Director of Training for the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut and on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (CNADP). In 2010, he was awarded the Walter Everett Humanitarian Award from the CNADP in recognition of his anti-death penalty work in Connecticut and nationally. His wife, Marilyn Kain (WCSU 1985 MS; 1981 Justice and Law Administration BS), is an adjunct in the JLA Division, and teaches courses in the Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation concentration as well.
Dr. Kain is known by his students to have connections with the hidden world of corrections, and brings his students to the Garner Correctional Prison every semester. In 2007, Dr. Kain assumed the duties of coordinator of the Master of Science in Justice Administration Program. Please feel free to contact Dr. Kain for further information and for current course offerings and office hours, both of which change every semester
Dr. Kain lives in Ridgefield, CT with his wife, Marilyn.
Dr. Kim Marino
Office: WS 349B
Dr. Marino joined the Division of Justice and Law Administration faculty in 2014 with 17 years teaching experience. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (John Jay College of Criminal Justice campus), and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Planning and Management from Long Island University, N.Y.
Dr. Marino’s research interest is in the correctional management of criminal offenders. She has conducted program evaluations for the Westchester County Probation Department in New York and is currently working with the Connecticut Department of Corrections to evaluate the youth gang unit at Garner Correctional facility.
Dr. Marino has developed and taught a wide variety of criminal justice related courses including Advanced Deviant Behavior, Corrections, Community Based Corrections, Criminology, Critical Issues in Corrections, Cross Cultural Criminal Justice Systems, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Law & Society, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Probation & Parole, Research Methods, Theories of Punishment, Women & Crime, Senior Capstone Seminar, and Psychological Perspectives of Criminal Behavior.
Dr. Marino is currently teaching multiple sections (including online
courses) in JLA 150 Corrections, JLA 201 Criminology, JLA 400
Prof. Anthony Markert
Chair, Division of Justice and Law Administration
Office: WS 351
Dr. Markert joined the Division
of Justice and Law Administration faculty in 1998 after a career as
a police officer. He worked as a patrol officer and as a
training officer. Prior to his law enforcement career, Dr.
Markert held several senior financial management positions in the
Dr. Markert's research
interests are in policing, corporate security and homeland security.
Dr. Markert has taught courses in policing, white-collar crime,
homeland security and research. He holds a Ph.D. degree in
criminal justice from the City University of New York (John Jay
College of Criminal Justice campus), a M.B.A. from the University of
Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from
Manhattan College. Dr. Markert is also a certified public
accountant and is an active member in a number of criminal justice
professional societies. He consults with area
businesses in the areas of corporate security, fraud risk, and
When Dr. Markert is not
working, he enjoys the many travel and recreational opportunities
available in Connecticut and throughout the United States.
Prof. Charles Mullaney
Office: WS 402
Charles P. Mullaney received his B.A. from Providence College and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He studied Conflict Resolution at Harvard Law School. He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Mullaney practiced corporate and labor law prior to his appointment to the Faculty at Western. At Western, Professor Mullaney teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in legal disciplines. Honored numerous times by the University for his scholarship, he headed the MBA program for 5 years and co-founded and coordinated the Masters of Science in Justice Administration.
Professor Mullaney's academic and professional specialties include Civil Rights and Human Rights Law, Criminal Procedure and Employment Law. He is widely published in legal journals, has lectured at several European universities and is the co-author of a book on Employment Law.
Professor Mullaney is an expert and frequent public commentator on the conflict in Northern Ireland. He is the recipient of numerous research grants and travels regularly to Belfast and Derry, scrutinizing the peace process and civil rights of Catholics.
Professor Mullaney lives in Redding, where he served three terms as Selectman and six years as an elected member of the Town's Board of Finance. He has served on various municipal boards and commissions and has been active in area politics for twenty-five years. He maintains an active consultancy and limited legal practice.
Dr. Francis J. Muska
Office: WS 349A
- Ph.D. Fordham University
- MA, University of Illinois
- BA, Aurora University
Founder of the Western Connecticut State University Department of Criminal Justice in 1976, later named the Division of Justice and Law Administration. Dr. Francis J. Muska has a vast background of experience in higher education administration that illustrates the ability to direct and lead, communicate, plan, manage, teach, objectively evaluate, and effectively work with diverse groups. Highly motivated with over sixteen years of direct administrative experience in higher education, as well as an additional thirteen years of full-time teaching experience, four of which included the department chairmanship at Western.
Administrative duties and supervisory areas have included:
- Personnel and Labor Relations
- Student Affairs
- Affirmative Action
- Minority Affairs
- Governmental Affairs
- Chief Administrator in charge of the University Libraries and
the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Program
- Served as Executive Assistant to the President and have
substantial consulting and fund-raising experience in both the
public and private sectors.
Divya Sharma Ph.D.
Office: WS 350
Dr. Sharma has a Ph.D. in Sociology, and
Master’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her research
focuses on topics of informal banking systems, money laundering
and terror finance, immigration, ethnic identity and
globalization. She has been using mixed methods to study these
topics. She has published journal articles and book chapters,
and is looking for opportunities in the field of visual
criminology. She has also been involved in conducting program
and policy evaluations.
Dr. Sharma has developed and taught a wide
range of graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice,
homeland security and sociology, including Research Methods,
Research Seminar, Advanced Criminology, Comparative Criminal
Justice Systems, Political Violence and Terrorism, White Collar
Crime, Organized Crime, Community and Crime Prevention, Violence
and Victimization, Political Setting of Criminal Justice and
Homeland Security, Victimology, Ethics in Criminal Justice,
Women and Crime, etc.
Dr. Sharma enjoys photography, traveling and
exploring celestial objects. She has lived in India, Kenya,
Trinidad and the US, and visited over one hundred cities (on
planet earth only).