I have taught at the University of Wisconsin Superior since 1986 where I have been Director of its Criminal Justice Program and a Professor of Criminal Justice. I also serve as a member of several organizations including the Douglas County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team, Douglas County Criminal Justice Community Committee; and the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee.
My teaching also includes appointments at the University of Missouri St Louis (1980-1986); University of Maryland, European Division (1974 – 1979) and the State University of New York at Albany (1973-1974)
Previously, I served as President of three municipal and state organizations: (1) City of Superior Police and Fire Commission; (2) Wisconsin Criminal Justice Education Association; and (3) Missouri Coalition for Alternatives to Imprisonment. I was National Advisor and Board Member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma;an Advisory Committee Member of the Correctional Sciences Program, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Cofounder of the Douglas County Restorative Justice Initiative; and member of Children First. Finally I was a Confidential Assistant to the Codes Committee of the New York State Assembly and a Research Assistant in the Mental Health Research Unit, New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.
I have published or presented papers on academic service learning, restorative justice, the social construction of masculinity, violence prevention, plea bargaining, military justice, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice and the criminal insane.
I completed my formal education at the State University of New York at Albany, receiving a Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice (1981), a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (1973); a Master’s Degree in Political Science (1971) and a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in History with a minor in Philosophy (1969).
Professionally, I see myself as engaged in the business of “harm reduction,” that is, working to lessen violence, injury or loss. The focus includes not only diminishing harms to individuals, but also injuries to communities; not only targeting those persons who hurt others, but those organizations engaged in acts damaging to society.
On a personal note, I was born in The Bronx, New York. While in high school, I had a job delivering packages to businesses on a truck bicycle in midtown Manhattan; in college, I drove a yellow taxi throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx. As a bike messenger or cabbie, I enjoyed navigating the streets, pedestrians, horses, buses, trucks, and motorcycles. From 1974 – 1979, my wife and I lived in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands as roving college lecturers for the European Division of the University of Maryland. We also taught at the residential campus of the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany. We have an adult son, a small dog and enjoy bike riding as well as international and domestic traveling. I am an avid baseball and football fan. I attended World Series games in 1958 and 1964. Guess the name of my favorite baseball team? In recent years, I have also become a Packer fan. GO PACK GO!