A month after retirement from the Florida Highway Patrol, Dr. John T. Schultz began his career as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. As a tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Schultz is responsible for teaching various topics in policing operations, criminal justice, and emergency management. In addition, Dr. Schultz is working closely with the Fairmont State Police Department with curriculum development and the emergency management section.
During his law enforcement career, Dr. Schultz was a Florida State Trooper for nearly 30 years and served in many leadership roles during his career including Aide de Camp to Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, United States Secret Service Task Force member, Quick Reactionary Force member, fraud investigator, mutual aid liaison, traffic incident management instructor, certified high liability instructor, and advisory board member to the Southwest Florida chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In his final assignment, Dr. Schultz served as a Master Corporal assigned to the Florida Highway Patrol’s Traffic Homicide Advanced Investigation and Reconstruction Team.
During his career, Dr. Schultz received numerous commendations, including the Florida State Trooper of the Month for Troop-F in 2016 and 2017, the Sons of American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation 2016 Award, and the Governor’s Medal of Heroism Award in 2017.
Dr. Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University in 2002 and his master’s degree in Administration in 2010 from Barry University. Dr. Schultz enrolled in the Doctor of Executive Leadership program at the University of Charleston. Dr. Schultz focused his dissertation research on African American executive leadership and community policing during his tenure. Dr. Schultz successfully defended his study and graduated with a Doctor of Executive Leadership degree in May 2019. Currently, Dr. Schultz’s research interests include community policing, public safety leadership, emergency management, crisis leadership, emotional intelligence, evidence-based policing, law enforcement instruction, public policy impacting both criminal justice and criminal justice reform, and the use of technology in criminal investigations to include evidence collection and processing.