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Knowledge, Courage and Integrity – Three Core Values Found in TU Professor John McCauley

By Shanna Morris, Marketing and Communications Intern

John McCauley is a long-time TU professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, and has also been very successful in his time serving the community through law enforcement.

How long have you been at TU?

“I enrolled at TU as a student during the summer of 2003 – in the Master of Science in criminal justice degree program. I then graduated in 2004, and based on my experience with the criminal justice program and exceptional instructors I had, it was my goal to return to Tiffin in the future as an adjunct professor. In February of 2009, I was hired by TU and began teaching undergraduate classes in the criminal justice department. After obtaining my doctorate in public policy and administration in 2012, I started my journey of teaching master’s classes, which I am still doing today.”

What impact have you had during your time in law enforcement?

“I started in law enforcement in July of 1995 when I got hired part-time by the Eastlake Ohio Police Department. In 1999, I was hired full-time and this is where I still work today. During this time, I’ve served on the field training officer unit, traffic crash unit, K9 unit and have also served as an in-service instructor for firearms, defense tactics and tasers. In 2018, I was promoted to sergeant and soon following in January of 2021, I was then promoted to lieutenant.”

What is the FBI Academy’s Program and what did you gain from the experience?

“The FBI Academy is a national academy which offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. To get selected for the program, we are required to complete a one-mile run in under ten minutes along with having our files examined and having the chief and members of our departments interviewed. On average, participants often have 21 years of law enforcement experience already under their belts and after completion, officers usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. Since 1972, students in the Academy have been able to earn undergrad and graduate credits through the University of Virginia. The National Academy is based at the FBI National Academy in Quantico and is the same facility where the FBI trains new special agents and intelligence analysts. During my attendance, my academy class consisted of 235 law enforcement officers from 49 states and the District of Columbia. After graduating the program, the continued training and networking from the National Academy was extremely valuable.”

What advice would you give someone looking to follow a similar career path?

“Never stop learning! It is extremely important, especially as a leader, to never stop learning and making yourself better because it also sets an example for others in the organization to follow.”

Any final thoughts?

“If you are looking at moving up in an organization or law enforcement agency, it is critical that you attain a college degree. My ability to write, research and reason better came after I completed my master’s degree at TU. A college education gives you the tools to successfully deal with any internal or external challenges that may be faced while working with an organization.”

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