The Criminal Justice department is proud to announce Dr. Warchol’s promotion to the rank of professor beginning the fall of 2009. “He is a faculty member who is committed to the processes associated with student learning, but a scholar of significant achievement,” reports Dale Kapla, department head of Criminal Justice. “Dr. Warchol spends an enormous amount of time developing new courses and revising current ones so he can provide our students with a rich and meaningful educational experience. Coupled with this is his extraordinary ability to engage in ambitious research endeavors, the results of which he integrates into his courses; ultimately enriching our programs.” We are fortunate to have a faculty member of his caliber in our department.
Dr. Warchol has presented or co-presented several academic papers, engaged in numerous roundtable discussions and presented several posters and multimedia presentations at regional and national criminal justice conferences. His publication record is extraordinary. Dr. Warchol published many articles in peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed journals, and was a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Justice.
Dr. Warchol has a record of successful research grants, which include, most notably, $50,000 National Institute of Justice grant to study natural resource theft in East and Southern Africa awarded during 2005 and 2006. Additionally, he was the principal investigator for a NMU Faculty Research Grant in 2004 to study the development of an illicit bush meat trade in and around the Kruger national Park in South Africa. He was also the co-principal investigator for two NMU Faculty Research Grants, including one in 2003 investigating the study of the relationship between traditional medicines and the illegal wildlife market in South Africa, and one in 2001 to study the illegal wildlife trade in South Africa and Namibia. Dr. Warchol was the principal investigator for two College of Professional Studies' grants, including a 2006 study of the illegal wildlife trade in Mozambique and a 2004 study of the consumer market in illegal wildlife product in London, England. He was also the co-principal investigator in 2001 on a College of Professional Studies grant to study crime and criminal justice in Belize, Central America.
NMU's university president, Dr. Wong, awarded him the 2007-2008 Distinguished Faculty award for his significant achievements – a true testament to his dedication to our students, faculty and the university.
Dr. Warchol has been with NMU's Criminal Justice department since 1998. He teaches in the areas of: criminology, wildlife crime, criminal law and procedures, and international terrorism. Prior to joining the faculty at Northern, Dr. Warchol was a research analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics in Washington, D.C. He also worked five years both with the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, where he ran the Asset Forfeiture Support Unit, and with a private law firm in Chicago where he worked as a government finance specialist from 1985 to 1991.
Dr. Warchol received his masters and bachelors in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology with interdisciplinary cognates in criminal justice/criminology, political science/public administration and organizational behavior from Michigan State University in East Lansing.
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