Professor Bassi has taught in the criminal justice field for more than 41 years. After completing his graduate studies in police science and administration at Washington State University, he went on to teach in the Law Enforcement Department at Central Missouri State University, where he also was an instructor at the Missouri Highway Patrol Academy. From there, Professor Bassi accepted a position in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and again taught at the State Law Enforcement Training Center. While in Nebraska, he pursued further graduate study at the University in Lincoln. In New York, he held two academic positions, one with Niagara County Community College and more recently with the State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY). He planned, initiated and, for an extended period, supervised the criminal justice programs at both of these institutions. Professor Bassi retired from SUNY at Brockport in 2004. Since then, he has served on the Cal U faculty.
Professor Bassi has been active in a number of professional organizations. His national experiences include being a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Joint Commission on Criminology and Criminal Justice Education and Standards, and the Criminal Justice Accreditation Council of ACJS and chair of its Accreditation and Standards Committee. He is widely experienced in criminal justice education program evaluations.
Professor Bassi has served as a resident co-director in three international education programs for American students. During the late 1970s, his international interests focused on Denmark, being located in the capital of Copenhagen. Since then, he has served in similar posts at Brunel University in England and the Centro Bilingue in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He also received a grant from the Canadian government to develop a course covering its criminal justice system. More recently, he completed a sabbatical leave studying criminal justice in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Teaching and Research Interests
Professor Bassi's teaching interests include courses dealing with various aspects of law, society, criminal justice and policy within the United States. More recently, he has taught in the area of comparative international criminal justice and an honors course directed at policy analysis and dilemmas within criminal justice. His most recent research focused on an exhaustive evaluation of one of the local drug courts in New York.
Complementing these long-standing interests is a devotion to computer applications in criminal justice research. Over the past 10 years, he has developed a number of PowerPoint applications for a variety of criminal justice courses that have been marketed throughout the United States.
- Department of Professional Studies
- M.S. Legal Studies