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Craig Bishop

School of Life and Health Sciences

Social Work and Criminal Justice


Ed.D, 2013, Olivet Nazarene University
M.O.L., 2008, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S., 1985, Illinois State University
Certified Police Officer, Illinois and Indiana

Dr. Bishop, after seven years as an adjunct professor, joined Olivet’s faculty in 2011. He serves as the program director for the traditional undergraduate criminal justice program as well as the online criminal justice program designed for the adult learner serving within the criminal justice profession. He also serves as the criminal justice field placement program director. In 2016, he received Olivet's Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Bishop has served as Olivet’s director of public safety working to build a culture of emergency preparedness. His passion for building collaborative working relationships with local emergency services in area communities has resulted in more direct services to the University, as well as internship and job opportunities for students. He was instrumental in Olivet’s being chosen as a Region VII alternative care site. Under his direction, field hospital preparations and practice drills began and still continue. His hope is that everyone will be focused on safety as the number one priority all the time, not just in a time of emergency.

His passion for developing collaborative relationships has actively extended into the efforts of the anti-Human Trafficking movement seeking the development of relationships with regional churches, law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, and the court system.

Working in the criminal justice system since 1980, Dr. Bishop has served as a probation/parole officer, juvenile probation officer, pre-sentence investigator and police officer. He has been a police commissioner for the Village of Bourbonnais since 2005, and a fire commissioner for the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District since 2006.

His professional memberships include the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, American Criminal Justice Association and Eastern Illinois Chiefs Association.

Dr. Bishop serves as an elder at River Valley Christian Fellowship Church. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading, landscaping and lawn care. You may also find him listening to 1970s classic rock music, exploring nature or engaging others in deep philosophical discussions while on the golf course.

He and his wife, Joan, have two sons: Daniel ’11, a graduate student at Utah State University, having served in the Peace Corps; and Michael ’12/’14, who has been teaching in Asia.

Proverbs

16:22

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.