Dr. Michael Hummel


Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


Michael L. Hummel, Ph.D. is a professor of criminal justice and security studies at PennWest California.


Dr. Hummel also serves as a doctoral professor in the Doctorate of Criminal Justice program and coordinator for the Police Academy at CALU/IUP.  He is a certified police officer in the state of Pennsylvania, serves as an active duty police officer, and is a retired military police officer. 


Dr. Hummel has 23 years of service in various leadership positions, including commander of a law enforcement company and Special Reaction Team Commander.


He has combat service with the 2/75 Rangers and the 101st Airborne Division, and conducted real-world community policing operations as a military police officer. Dr. Hummel worked in both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy in law enforcement and security roles. He served as the director of performance assurance, safety, law enforcement and security for the Department of Energy (WSRS).


Dr. Hummel also served an assistant professor of political science and policy at the United States Military Academy, West Point.


Dr. Hummel is the author of numerous publications on counter criminal/terrorist and security operations and organizational leadership, and has developed and chaired 10 regional conferences on international and homeland security.


Retired Military Police Officer with 23 Years of Military Service in Key Leadership Positions:

*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.  

*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, training, keeping the commander informed on all aspects of the company's operations, and represented the commander in his absence .

*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.

* 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. 

Assistant Professor of Political Science: Course Director of Research Methodology and Bureaucratic and Organizational Politics and Chief Academic Counselor for the Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy at West Point. Developed and Instructed Core and Elective Courses in Political Science: Responsible for the planning, development, maintenance, and instruction of elective courses, and the overall academic development/counseling program for over 400 program majors, and administration of the Department of Social Sciences' academic program that serviced over 3,500 students per academic year—including core and elective courses.   As course director of Research Methodology, I developed the program on quantitative analysis using advance statistical analysis to make policy decisions and program alignments. 

Lecturer on Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY: Developed lectures on leadership for the honors program. 

Lecturer on Leadership, Terrorism and Homeland Security at Professional and Civic Organizations: includes the Sociology Department at PennWest California, Mount St. Mary's College, Lion's Clubs, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Kiwanis, Wheeling Fraternal Order of Police Association, and numerous university and corporate setting. 

American Politics Academic Counselor, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY: Responsible for providing guidance and planning academic goals, objectives, and course planning for undergraduate students. 

Elected Official of School Board, West Point, NY: Responsible for providing oversight, development and advice on education curriculum, and preventing school violence policy and school safety policy. 

Member of the United States Military Academy's Speakers Bureau: Responsible for preparing and engaging in special speaking events to various organizations and clubs on homeland security, terrorism, and political, leadership, academic, and Veteran's issues.

Training Qualifications

  • Operational Training, Administration Courses & Schools Attended

  • Advanced Military Police Officers School (5 month school for military police commanders)
  • Counter Terrorism Special Operations School (SOT Special Forces School)
  • Tactical Team Operations Training (SRT/SWAT)
  • Hostage/Crisis Negotiator School (DOD)
  • Explosive Entry Breacher's Training
  • Countering Terrorism in Communities and Military Installations School
  • Tactical Handgun Instructor's Course which included employment and safety considerations of firearms use.
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical School
  • Protective Service School (DOD)
  • Executive Protection Course ASIS 2006
  • Executive Protection Certification Course ASIS 2014
  • 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.
  • Certified ACT 235 Lethal Weapons Agent.

*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.  

Combat Service: Gulf War Veteran with the 101 st Airborne Division: Scout Platoon Leader responsible for observing, collecting, and reporting on-the-ground intelligence about enemy operations.

Combat Service: 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 Management in Organizations

Executive Protection

Terrorism and Homeland Security

Gang Operations

Law Enforcement 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

International Security Issues and Transnational Threats

Special Operations (SRT/SWAT)

American Politics

Leadership and Ethics

Leadership and Collaboration

Senior Leadership Capstone Course

Introduction to Leadership

Published/Presented Work, Panels and Editorials

Peer reviewed article: The Social and Economic Impact of Flawed Security: The In Amenas Gas Facility Attack, December 2014. 

Scholarly work on Transnational Criminal Organizations (DTO's)---or Terrorists? presented at the Spring 2014 Conference/Symposium, Colorado Technical University, Denver, Colorado. 

Book chapter in “The Enemy Within” Domestic Terrorism: Transnational Criminal Organizations (Due for publication January 2015, Westview Press) 

Peer reviewed article: The Social and Economic Impact of Piracy, Journal of Water and Energy Security March 2014. 

Served as a Keynote Speaker the International Conference on Human Security and Social Movements, Amman, Jordon, Petra, Karak-Mutah University (December 2012) 

Special Guest Editor Journal of Homeland Security Review, A Journal for the Institute of Law and Public Policy, Summer 2012. 

Scholarly work on Synergistic Leadership presented at the Winter 2013 Conference/Symposium, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Spring, Colorado. 

Scholarly work on Managing Decision in a Crisis Situation at the Spring 2013 Conference/Symposium, Colorado Technical University. 

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 21 st 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, PennWest California, (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 1 st , 2 nd, 3 rd  , 4th , 5 th,  6 th and 7 th (Nov. 2013) Annual Conference on Domestic and International Security (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) 

Security Studies: “Terror on the High Seas”: Lecture/Paper presented to the Emeriti Faculty Annual Luncheon, PennWest California, October 2009. 

Security Studies: “Security Challenges of the G-20 Summit” Lecture/Paper presented at G-20 Panel Conference, PennWest California, 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, PennWest California, September 2008. 

Panel Chair for 2 nd 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, PennWest California, 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 PennWest California Honors Program: A Rational/Practical Look vs. a Skeptical Look at September 11 th (9/11). PennWest California, 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • B.S.: Liberal Studies, University of the State of New York. Principle coursework: Liberal Studies, criminal justice/police operations
  • A.S.: Troy State University. Principle coursework and research areas: Liberal Studies, Criminal justice/police operations

Email: hummel@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-6043

Office: Azorsky Hall Room 114