Craig Bishop

Professor
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 professor and program director for the traditional undergraduate criminal justice program. 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. Dr. Bishop also serves the 21st Judicial Circuit Court as a Problem-Solving Court program evaluator with emphasis on the Veteran's Treatment Court program.

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

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