Faculty Bio: S.W. Morgan, Ph.D.

S.W. Morgan, Ph.D.

Chair, School of Legal and Justice Studies

Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Investigative Report Writing
  • Cyber Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Societal Changes in Victimology
  • Terrorism
  • Principles of Private Security
  • Homeland Security Management
  • Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
  • Emergency Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analysis

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 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.

Learning involves both perception and reality. These two concepts are very much intertwined, which is why many people don't recognize that there is a difference. Reality is what it is––a combination of subjective and conscious factors that creates perception. In short, our perceptions are 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.

Being more aware of the difference between reality and perception is a critical learning skill, especially in the field of Criminal Justice Administration. I encourage students to keep an open mind and ask plenty of questions!

Bio

Professor Sam Morgan joined the US Army in 1975, right after graduation from Cumberland Valley High School. Once he completed his enlistment, 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.

Morgan obtained certification as an accident reconstructionist and earned a degree in Applied Physics, as it relates to investigating serious and fatal crashes. He was then assigned to investigate major motor vehicle accidents throughout central Pa. Working with other law enforcement professionals, he established the first countywide accident reconstruction team, which is still in existence to this day.

Morgan was one of the first field-training officers for the department. He assisted in writing the first field-training manual, which was registered with the Library of Congress upon completion. Morgan obtained his master’s degree while working at the department, as supervisor of a police substation.

He retired from the police department in 2008 and currently teaches courses in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Central Penn College, where he is Chair of the Legal and Justice department.

Morgan earned his doctorate in 2015, while at Central Penn College. He has given presentations on homeland security topics at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and was part of a hand-picked national consortium that established criteria for homeland security degree programs nationwide.

His scholarly work on the subject of cognitive bias in police operations and investigations has been published in several academic journals. Currently, Dr. Morgan is part of a panel connected with Georgetown University within its school of security excellence. He also is an evaluator for American Council of Education.

Education

  • Doctoral Degree (DBA) Northcentral University, Northcentral University, San Diego, Calif.
  • Master Degree, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.
  • Bachelor of Science, Central Penn College, Summerdale,

Certifications

  • Senior Evaluator within American on Education

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