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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

Professor 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; police and society; corrections process; emergency management; and juvenile justice.

During his time as Olivet’s director of public safety, he has 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, Professor 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 International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Illinois Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and Eastern Illinois Chiefs Association.

Professor 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 1970’s classic rock music, exploring nature or engaging others in deep philosophical discussions.

He and his wife, Joan, have two sons: Daniel, a graduate student at Utah State University, and Michael, a graduate student at Olivet.



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