Faculty & Staff

Criminal Justice

Wayne Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Capella University
M.S. Business Administration, Madonna University
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Wayne L. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a Master of Science in Business Administration from Madonna University, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Capella University. In addition, Dr. Davis has earned a helicopter pilot license, an advanced open water scuba diver certification, a technician plus amateur radio license (N8ZFG), and a basic emergency medical technician certificate from the State of Michigan.

Dr. Davis has graduated from city, state, and federal law enforcement academies: Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan; The Indiana Law Enforcement Law Academy; and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience with city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Dr. Davis has earned the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Scholastic Award, the highest test score when officers in his Indiana State Police graduating class were assessed, and appointment to a field-training officer by the Indiana State Police.

While he worked as a product design engineer at Ford Motor Company, Dr. Davis introduced the electronic engine control module into the pleasure boat industry. As a result, Dr. Davis was nominated for the Ford Motor Company Electronics Division Worldwide Leadership Excellence Award. Subsequently, this led to his research paper called "A Study of Factors Affecting a Supply Decision by the Ford Motor Company International Division for Original Equipment."

In addition, Dr. Davis has conducted two academic research studies called "A Correlational Study of Childhood Religiosity, Childhood Sport Participation, and and Sport-Learned Aggression among African American Female Athletes" and "The Effect of Application Based Training on the Emotional Intelligence of Criminal Justice Students." Dr. Davis has also published several textbooks, which include "Report Writing for Police Officers;" "Police-Community Relations: Different Lenses & Perceptions of Truth;" "Critical Thinking: Totality of Circumstances;" and "Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Risk Assessment via Research Proposal."

Recently, Dr. Davis has created table top police scenes for which he has filed a patent. In addition, he has served as the Academic Coordinator for the Criminal Justice and Human Services Programs at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC. With the support of local law enforcement agencies, Dr. Davis created an application-based criminal justice program that meets the needs of the local community.