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Craig Bishop

School of Professional Studies

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 is the program and field placement director for Criminal Justice and teaches courses on criminal justice; emergency management; police and society; fundamentals of police training; terrorism; and human trafficking.

During his time as Olivet’s director of public safety, he worked diligently 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.

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 a deacon 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, who is serving in the Peace Corps; and Michael ’12/’14, who is teaching in Asia.



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