A view of one of the buildings on the Cal U campus in springtimeA view of one of the buildings on the Cal U campus in springtime

Dr. Michael Hummel


  • A.S.: Troy State University. Principle coursework and research areas: Liberal Studies, Criminal justice/police operations
  • B.S.: Liberal Studies, University of the State of New York. Principle coursework: Liberal Studies, criminal justice/police operations
  • Master of Public Administration: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Public Administration, Public Policy and Political Science.
  • Master of Philosophy: Columbia University. Principle coursework and research areas: Public Policy, Public Administration and Political Science.
  • Ph.D.: Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Department of Social Sciences/Organization and Leadership: Concentration in Public Administration and Public Policy. Policy research focused on criminal justice and education programs.


Professor of Leadership and Security Studies, Department of Justice, Law & Society, Director Leadership Studies, and the Serene Leadership Institute at California University of Pennsylvania.

Adjunct Professor for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs: Responsible for the development, instruction, and maintenance of elective courses, Homeland Security, and Terrorism in the Administration of Justice and Public Service Department, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Adjunct Professor, Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership, BHSU.

Adjunct Professor and (SME) Program Course Developer, Doctorate of Management in Homeland Security, CTU.

Past Positions:

  • Dean, College of Liberal Arts, California University of Pennsylvania—two years 2009 and 2010.
  • Chair of the Department of Justice, Law & Society, and Associate Professor of Justice Studies and Homeland Security Studies at California University of Pennsylvania and Director of Leadership Studies (minor program). Teaching and developing courses on Leadership and Ethics in Justice Studies, Introduction to Leadership, Senior Seminar in Justice Studies, Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies.
  • Director of the Performance Assurance and Safety Division (PASD) for Wackenhut Security and Law Enforcement Services and the Department of Energy. I was responsible for five Departments within the Division: Safety Department, Quality and Audit Department, Performance Testing and Assessment Department, Program Review and Analysis Department, and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. The PASD is responsible for the comprehensive oversight for Nuclear Material Security, Law Enforcement and Anti-Terrorism Operations at the Department of Energy’s Savanna River Nuclear Material Site. There are approximately 12,000 employees that work at the Savanna River Nuclear Material Site. The company has approximately 900 security, support and law enforcement personnel, comprised of over 700 qualified police officers, personal and physical security officers, 11 Dog K-9 department, a police helicopter aviation department with two helicopters, river boat-patrol department with three boats, several special response teams, training division, and approximately a 200 person support staff. We were responsible for all law enforcement, anti-terrorism and special nuclear material security on a 310 square-mile nuclear materials facility.
  • Commander of a Law Enforcement Unit: Responsible for over 150 military police and civilian members of the unit, conducting continuous law enforcement and public safety operations for over 50,000 residents and employees at Ft. Campbell, KY. Law Enforcement Company included all elements of a large police department: K-9 Section that included 11 dogs both bomb and drug, Police Investigation Section, SRT/SWAT, Traffic Investigation Section, Patrolling Section, Bike Patrol Section, Holding Cells, Vehicle Registration Section, Game Warden Section, Animal Control Section, Desk Sergeant Operations, DARE section, Crime Prevention Section, and a large support structure, and worked closely with the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) at the Regional Office at Ft. Campbell, KY.
  • Special Reaction Team Commander: Responsible for the training, planning, safety, evaluation and execution of a 21 person Special Reaction Team (SRT) to high-risk situations.
  • Executive Officer: Responsible for the planning and administration of company logistic and support operations that included: physical security, safety, environmental impact, performance evaluations, ensuring high quality operations, transportation, logistics, budget, special projects, operations, and training.
  • Operations/Training Officer of a Law Enforcement Unit: Responsible for the planning and training of over 400 military police officers with various law enforcement missions. This included unit performance evaluations, safety assessments of high-risk operations, reviewing risk-assessment plans such as air assault operations and close-quarter battle live fires, and ensuring high quality standards during operations.
  •  Assistant Professor and Director of the Leadership and Military Science Department at California University of Pennsylvania. Responsible for the planning, development, marketing, promotion, instruction, administration, curriculum development, and the evaluation of the program. Specialized in authoring and teaching the leadership curriculum. I reinstituted the current Military Science and Leadership program at California University of Pennsylvania.
  •  Assistant Professor of Political Science at the United States Military Academy, West Point and served as Program Director of the Research Methodology course which encompasses extensive study in quantitative analysis/statistics. Research focused on Counter Drug Policy, Terrorism and Security Operations. Served as a Leadership lecturer in the USMA honors program.



Commissioned Officer: Retired Military Police Officer with 23 Years of Military Service in Key Leadership Positions: Specializing in Special Operations, Security and Law Enforcement Operations—personal, operational, and physical security expert, and counter-terrorism/high risk situations work.

Dr. Hummel served in combat assignments with the 101st Airborne Division and the 75th Rangers (SOCOM), to include Operation Urgent Fury Hostage Rescue, and as Scout Platoon Leader responsible for reconnaissance and combat operations in Operation Desert Storm, Gulf War. This also includes serving as a police commander and duty officer during hostile situations in a community environment.

Training Qualifications

  • Operational Training, Administration Courses & Schools Attended
  • Advanced Military Police Officers School (5 month course for military police commanders)
  • Counter Terrorism Special Operations School (SOT Special Forces School)
  • Tactical Team Operations Training (SRT/SWAT)
  • Hostage/Crisis Negotiator School
  • Explosive Entry Breacher’s Training
  • Protective Service School (DOD) and Executive Protection Training Course (Oatman)
  • Countering Terrorism in Communities and Military Installations School
  • Tactical Handgun Instructor’s Course which included tactical employment and safety considerations of firearms use.
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical School
  • Risk Management and Assessment Training
  • Combined Arms Service Staff School
  • Pre-Commander’s Course
  • Basic and Advanced Demolitions Training which included Improvised Explosive Devices and Conventional Explosives construction, employment, and safety considerations.
  • Authored, Developed, Planned, and Implemented “Operation Quick Response”: A major semi-annual SRT/SWAT training and competition exercise held at Ft. Campbell, KY: this included professional law enforcement SRT/SWAT teams from the South Eastern Region of the United States.  The weeklong training exercise consisted of realistic scenario driven operations that included both live-fire and seminitions. This training was lauded as some of the best available.
  • Member of the evaluation/judge team and assisted in the scenario development for the annual Mock Disaster (involves a Nuclear, Biological or Chemical terrorist attack that affects the local community) and the Mock Prison Riot held at the National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center in Moundsville, WV. This is a National Institute of Justice supported training event and is participated in at the National and International level.
  • Assisted in planning the annual Ft. Campbell Threat Counter Action Plan Exercise (TCAP Exercise): Annual evaluation requirement that brings all organizations supporting Military Installation operations together to react to a terrorist attack or major criminal threat or disaster.
  • Member of SRT/SWAT Training Team (Ft. Benning, GA.): Responsible for training SRT/SWAT units from all over America----FBI, and state and local units.
  • Gulf War Veteran with the 101st Airborne Division: Scout Platoon Leader responsible for observing, collecting, and reporting on-the-ground intelligence about enemy operations.
  • U.S. Army Ranger, Combat Veteran of the Combat Parachute Jump during the U.S. invasion of Grenada and Hostage Rescue: Responsible for rescuing American medical students and ensuring Democracy was stabilized.

Teaching Areas

  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Leadership and Collaboration
  • Senior Leadership Capstone Course
  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leadership and Management in Organizations
  • Executive Protection
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Public Safety Operations
  • Police Organization and Management
  • Corporate and Private Security
  • Corporate Security Law
  • Research Methodology/Quantitative Analysis
  • Leadership in Government/Public Safety Organizations
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Transnational Threats
  • Special Operations (SRT/SWAT)
  • Public and International Affairs 

Published/Presented Work, Panels and Editorials

  • Juried/Invited Presentation on Managing Decisions in a Crisis Situation, July 2013, Symposium, CTU.
  • Juried/Invited Presentation on Synergistic Leadership, April 2013 Symposium, CTU.
  • Presentation on Culture and Leadership, Public Leadership Conference, California University of Pennsylvania, (April 2013).
  • Served as a Keynote Speaker the International Conference on Human Security and Social Movements, Amman, Jordon, Petra, Karak-Mutah University (December 2012)
  • Defeating Maritime Piracy. Peer reviewed article published in the Journal of Homeland Security Review, A Journal for the Institute of Law and Public Policy, (Summer 2012).
  • FEMA, US Department of Homeland Security, Higher Education Conference, Author’s Roundtable Presentation, and attended security seminars, June 6, 2012.
  • Organizational Learning and Militancy, Invited Presentation, Belmont Technology College, Criminal Justice Program, March 7, 2012.
  • Who is Running Al-Qaeda? Peer reviewed article published in the Journal of Homeland Security Review, Winter Volume (August 2011).
  • Book Chapter in Homeland Security Text: America and Terrorism in the 21st Century, Westview Press, Center for Homeland Defense, Naval Post Graduate School (January 2011).
  • Paper presented on Leadership and Politics, Conference on the American Democracy Project, California University of Pennsylvania, (September 2012).
  • Paper on Leadership and the Environment, presented at the Cal. U. Leadership and the Environment Conference: Leadership Failures of the Katrina Disaster (New Orleans): The Vice of Corruption and Politically Influenced Mismanagement (April 2011)
  • Authored, develop, and chaired the 1st , 2nd, 3rd  , 4th, 5th and 6th (Oct. 2012) Annual Conference on Domestic and International Security (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Security Studies: “Terror on the High Seas”: Lecture/Paper presented to the Emeriti Faculty Annual Luncheon, California University of Pennsylvania, October 2009.
  • Security Studies: “Security Challenges of the G-20 Summit” Lecture/Paper presented at G-20 Panel Conference, California University of Pennsylvania, October 2009.
  • Security Studies: Cyber-terrorism: Peer reviewed article published in the Journal of Homeland Security Review, Summer Volume, August 2008.
  • Security Studies: Maritime Security, “Criminals at Sea”: Lecture/Paper presented at the “Many Faces of Piracy” Conference, California University of Pennsylvania, September 2008.
  • Panel Chair for 2nd Annual Women’s Conference (March 2007).
  • Security Studies: Women in Combat, are Women at greater risk in combat than men?  Paper presented at Global Women’s Conference on Women at Risk in a Global Environment, California University of Pennsylvania, March 2006.
  • Security Studies: Should Nuclear Security Be Our Top Priority? Peer reviewed article published in the Journal of Homeland Security Review, Winter Volume, December 2005.
  • Security Studies: Lecture/Paper presented to the California University of Pennsylvania Honors Program: A Rational/Practical Look vs. a Skeptical Look at September 11th (9/11). California University of Pennsylvania, 11/3/2005.
  • Security Studies: Panel Paper for the International Security Debate, Association of Community Colleges, “Preemptive Strike Policy: Are Preemptive Strikes Effective”?
  • West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, WV, February 2004.
  • Security Studies: “Is Agro-Terrorism a Growing Security Concern” Wheeling News Register/Weirton Times October 2003.
  • Security Studies: “Cyber-Terrorism” Wheeling News Register, September 2003.
  • Security Studies: “Educating the Public on Terrorism” Wheeling News Register, July 2003.
  • Survey Research for NASD (Dispute Resolution). Is the Arbitration Process at NASD Fair?  The Neutral Corner, July 2000. Work was presented at: National Meeting Academy of Legal Studies in Business, St. Louis, MO, August 5, 1999.

Academic/Policy Committees

  • Associate Editor for the Water and Energy Security Journal.
  • United States Army War College, Journal of Homeland Security and Civil Defense, Editorial Review Committee.
  • Special Guest Editor Journal of Homeland Security Review, A Journal for the Institute of Law and Public Policy, Summer 2012.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Awarded Colonel Aid De Camp (highest civilian award presented by the Kentucky State Police Commissioner) for the training and support of the Kentucky State Police SWAT team.
  • National Society for Leadership and Success Teaching Excellence Award (2009)
  • Teaching Excellence Award California University of Pennsylvania (2008)
  • Service and Service Learning Award California University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • Teaching Excellence Award University of Pittsburgh (2008)
  • Teaching Excellence University of Pittsburgh (2007)
  • General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award Representative for the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Leadership Award recipient for the Military Police Officer’s Commander’s School.
  • Leadership Award for the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy.

Military Service Awards and Decorations

  • Bronze Star                                                        
  • Army Achievement Medal (6)
  • Purple Heart                                                       
  • NCO Professional Development Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (3)                      
  •  National Service Medal
  • Combat Parachute Jump Bronze Star            
  • Reserve Service Medal
  • Expeditionary Medal w/Bronze Arrowhead  
  • Combat Infantry Badge (2)
  • Southwest Asia Medal                                      
  • Master Parachutist Badge
  • Kuwaiti Liberation Medal                                 
  • Ranger Tab
  • Army Commendation Medal (3)                    
  • Pathfinder Badge                
  • Valorous Unit Award                                        
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Presidential Unit Citation                               
  • Special Forces Free Fall Jumpmaster

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Justice, Law & Society

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Justice Studies
  • M.A. Social Science in Applied Criminology

Contact Information



Azorsky Hall 114