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Dr. Jeffrey Magers


  • B.S.: Law Enforcement, Eastern Kentucky University
  • M.A.: Education, Spalding University
  • Ed.D.: Leadership Education, Spalding University, Louisville, Ky.


During his law enforcement career, Dr. Magers was a member of the Jefferson County Police Department (JCPD), now known as the Louisville Metro Police Department, in Louisville, Ky., for 21 years, retiring at the rank of captain. The JCPD was a 500-officer, full-service law enforcement agency. His police career included a variety of assignments, including service as a detective in sex offense investigations, child abuse investigations and homicide investigations. He served as a supervisor in patrol, violent crimes and narcotics. Dr. Magers also served as the commander of the police academy and patrol district, responsible for 100 officers and a patrol area the size of the city of Louisville. He was a hostage negotiator and commander of the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Team. Dr. Magers is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers' Course.

Dr. Magers was a Distinguished Military Graduate at Eastern Kentucky University and received a commission in the U.S. Army. After serving four years on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Military Police, Dr. Magers continued his military career by serving 21 years in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel. He commanded three units during his military career, including two tours as commander of a U.S. Army CID Detachment. His last Army Reserve assignment was at the headquarters, U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division Command (USACIDC). 

After retirement from law enforcement and the military, Dr. Magers was a full-time faculty member at several universities, including the State University of New York College at Brockport in Rochester, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and the University of Louisville. He is now a full-time associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Magers' doctoral dissertation focused on police ethics and leadership. He has continued his research and publication of journal articles and a book chapter on this topic.

Dr. Magers is an active menmber of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations, Military Officers Association of America and the Reserve Officers Association.

In Fall 2006, Dr. Magers became a full-time faculty member at California University of Pennsylvania in the Cal U Global Online Legal Studies graduate program in the areas of homeland security, criminal justice, and law and public policy.


  • U.S. Homeland Security
  • Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability
  • Intelligence Practice
  • Biological, Chemical, Nuclear & WMD Threats in Homeland Security
  • Law and Police Process
  • Law and Criminal Conduct
  • Criminal Justice Organization and Management
  • Seminar in Justice Studies

Affiliated Cal U Departments

Research Interests

  • Police ethics
  • Law and police policy
  • Homeland security
  • Hostage and crisis negotiations
  • Police training and education


  • Serving as chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Police Administration Committee (2005-present)
  • Served as a member of the IACP Diversity Coordinating Panel (2006-2012)
  • Serving as a head judge for the Annual Hostage/Crisis Negotiations Competition at Texas State University-San Marcos (2003-present)
  • Teaching hostage negotiations courses for police officers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2000-present)

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Professional Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • M.S. Legal Studies

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"The best part of my job is working with students who live all over the United States and some deployed to foreign countries as members of the U.S. military services. I also enjoy working with students who are seeking new careers. I enjoy helping them find the right career path."

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