Central Penn College - Sam Morgan

Central Penn College


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Samuel Morgan, D.B.A.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Administration, Chair of Criminal Justice

Academic Bio 

Dr. Morgan started his criminal justice career by joining the US Army in 1975, right after graduation from Cumberland Valley High School. After being discharged when his enlistment ended, he returned home and went to work at Cumberland County Prison as a correctional officer. He left the prison in 1986 with the rank of Sergeant, and accepted a position with Lower Allen Township Police Department as a police officer. While at Lower Allen Township Police Department, Officer Morgan was primarily assigned to patrol duties for the early part of his career with the department. Officer Morgan did obtain certification as an accident reconstructionist, investigating serious and fatal crashes throughout Cumberland County and the surrounding region. Officer Morgan, with the help of other law enforcement professionals, established the first countywide accident reconstruction team, which is still in existence to this day. Officer Morgan was also one of the first field-training officers for the department and was part of a team that wrote the first field-training manual as well as township wide employee evaluations; those requirements were registered with the Library of Congress upon their completion. Officer Morgan did obtain his bachelor and master's degrees while working at the department, during which time he was in charge of a police substation. 

Dr. Morgan earned his doctorate degree in 2015 while working for Central Penn College. Dr. Morgan is also part of the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation and currently is chair of their fundraising committee. Dr. Morgan is also treasure of INSPRS, which is a consortium of academic professionals across the globe working on Homeland Security curriculum. This group is also working towards federal accreditation of Homeland Security Degree Programs.

Personal Bio

Dr. Morgan retired from the police department in 2008, and currently chairs and teaches courses in homeland security and criminal justice at Central Penn College. Dr. Morgan also has been invited to present at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California twice and was part of a hand-picked and invitee only national consortium that established criteria for homeland security degree programs nationwide. Dr. Morgan has been published in several academic journals on the subject of cognitive bias in police operations and investigations in addition to also writing and publishing a children's book, "Molly, Magoo and Me". 

Teaching Philosophy

Students are very curious of the world around them; my goal is to encourage them to ask why, and seek answers to questions that they have. I attempt to facilitate this exchange of information by supporting and encouraging any and all questions asked, in order for both of us (student and professor) to have a deeper understanding of each other and this exchange of information. 

Think of the questions in this statement:

Perception and reality and actuality are very much intertwined, which is why most people don't recognize that there is a difference. Reality is what it is. It is the addition of subjective and conscious factors that creates perception. In short, our perception is how we understand and organize the complexities of existence. We make a "model" of life and operate along those guidelines. In addition, this model serves both as a means to process incoming information, but also as a filter. It not only determines what we perceive of actuality, but what it means.

Knowing the difference between reality and perception, it is not difficult to understand why the same event can be viewed in countless different ways. And each carries radically different interpretations. Even though the reality might be pretty cut and dried, the reality is as much influenced by what people’s perception is.

Think of it another way: actuality vs. reality is actually reality vs. perception. 


  • Doctoral Degree: Northcentral University 2015
  • Masters of Science Degree: Bellevue University 2008
  • Bachelors of Science Degree: Central Penn College 2005
  • Associate Degree: Vincennes University 2002


Being the chair of the criminal justice and homeland security departments I teach and revise all classes taught and offered within these degree fields.


  • Todd A Milano Faculty Excellence Award - 2013
  • Naval Post Graduate School - 2011
  • International Society for Preparedness, Resilience, and Security - 2012
  • Northcentral University: Top 20% of Doctoral students nationwide - 2013
  • Alpha Pi Sigma -2013


  • Certified Police Officer:1986 thru 2008
  • Certified Pennsylvania Inspection Mechanic: 2008
  • Numerous certifications within the field of Criminal Justice that were directly related to work as a certified police officer