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Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Faculty

Our online Criminal Justice undergraduate-program faculty have strong industry backgrounds in law, cybersecurity, public policy, homeland security, and in white-collar crimes such as fraud. They bring extensive industry experience into their courses, and develop an experiential syllabus that prepares you for the real work involved in catching a criminal, preventing crime, and supporting the justice system.

William (Bill) M. Virkler

William M. Virkler, Associate Dean

Associate Dean of Justice Studies

Programs: BS – Criminal Justice

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Judge Virkler is a graduate of LeMoyne College, Syracuse, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University. He began teaching at Utica College in 2001, and was named adjunct professor of Criminal Justice in June, 2005. He was named Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in 2011 and Criminal Justice Department Chair effective Jan. 1, 2012. He is the elected Town Justice of the Town of New Hartford and has served in that capacity since January, 2000. Judge Virkler serves as Chairman of Oneida County Probation Alternatives to Incarceration Board.
In 2006, Hon. James Tormey, Administrative Judge of the 5th Judicial District, appointed Judge Virkler to the District’s Town & Village Courts Advisory Board. In Spring 2008, Judge James Murphy, District Supervising Judge, appointed Judge Virkler to the Peer Review Committee for the District, and in that capacity he served as Chairman of the District’s first Judicial review. In 2009, Judge Virkler was appointed by Judge Tormey to serve as mentoring judge for newly elected Justices in Oneida County. Judge Virkler is President of Oneida County Magistrate’s Association.
Effective January 2012, Prof. Virkler was named Chair of Criminal Justice and in July 2012, he was named Executive Director of Economic Crime and Justice Studies.

Distinguished Faculty

Raymond Philo

Raymond Philo

Adjunct Lecturer and Executive Director of the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute

Programs: BS – Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity; MS – Cybersecurity

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Raymond Philo currently serves as the Executive Director of the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, as well as Director of Research for the Department of Economic Crime Operations, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity at Utica College. Mr. Philo has served as an Adjunct faculty member at Utica College since 2001, teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the staff at Utica College, he served as a law enforcement administrator, retiring as Chief of Police for the New Hartford, N.Y. Police Department. Mr. Philo received his BA in Political Science from Utica College, and a MPA from Marist College. He holds numerous state and federal certifications in law enforcement operations and management. Mr. Philo is currently a licensed consultant with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

James C. Brown

James (Jim) C. Brown, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Programs: BS — Criminal Justice

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Dr. James C. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Business & Justice Studies; joining the full-time faculty in January of 2014 after serving multiple senior administrative roles at Utica College since 2005. Most recently, Dr. Brown served as the Vice President for the School of Online & Extended Studies and an adjunct instructor in the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Business and Justice Studies at Utica College. Dr. Brown has also served as Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the School of Graduate & Extended Studies, and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.
Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Utica College (1988), a master’s degree in public administration from Sage Graduate School in Albany (1994), where he was awarded the Outstanding Public Administration Student, and a doctorate in education from the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies in educational leadership (2007).

Doctor Gregory Walsh

Dr. Gregory Walsh

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Programs: BS – Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity; MS – Cybersecurity

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Prior to joining Utica College, Professor Walsh held a variety of positions with the New York State Police over a 25-year career culminating in his promotion to Captain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in 2003. As Captain at the BCI, Walsh managed and coordinated all major criminal investigations for the state police in a seven county area. Additionally, he supervised the BCI's specialized units, including the Cyber-terrorism Unit, the Forensic Identification Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit and the Violent Crimes Investigation Unit. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Walsh was appointed as Chairman of a seven-county counter-terrorism law enforcement conglomerate and served as a member of the U.S. Attorney's Anti-Terrorism Task Force. Walsh received his bachelor's degree in Economic Crime Investigation from SUNY Institute of Technology, his masters in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.


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