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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mark Robbins

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Phone: 507-389-6933
Office: Morris Hall 207B
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Curriculum Vita

Employment History

1998 to present: Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement and Public Administration, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Teaching Patrol Operations, Police Administration, Criminal Investigations, Police and the Community, Public Management, and Public Sector Human Resource Management.

1986 to 1998: Police Lieutenant, City of Naperville , Illinois.

Patrol Watch Commander, directly supervised four police sergeants and was responsible for a total of twenty seven employees. Also served as commander of Planning, Training & Research Section.

1997 to 1998: Adjunct Faculty, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Spring and Fall 1997 taught Sociology 486, Police in a Democratic Society. Spring 1999 taught Sociology 289, The Criminal Justice System.

1983 to 1986: Police Sergeant, City of Naperville, Illinois.

General supervision of police patrol and investigative functions, directly supervising as many as fifteen line officers. Conducted performance evaluations, recommended discipline and commendations, did "on the spot" training.

1973 to 1983: Police Officer, City of Naperville, Illinois.

Performed general patrol and investigative functions. Spent one year assigned to the Investigations Section as youth officer. Spent short periods assigned to the Planning, Training & Research Section.

Other Professional Experience

Served as department Accreditation Manager when initial accreditation was obtained from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.


Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1999.
Major: Political Science, concentrating in Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Current research interests are in the area of comparative organizational cultures in police agencies and controlling police officer discretion.

Master of Science, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1982.
Major: Management of Public Services

Bachelor of Arts, Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois, 1979.
Major: Criminal Justice

Associate of Applied Science, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 1977.
Major: Police Science

Professional Education

Graduate of the 81st Administrative Officers Course, Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, February 15 to May 15, 1989.

Supervision of Police Personnel, The Traffic Institute, Northwestern University, October 1985.


U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1969 to 1971. Graduated from the Signal Corps N.C.O. academy at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Served with the 504th Signal Detachment, 525th Military Intelligence, Republic of Viet Nam from 1970 to 1971.

Professional Organizations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Midwestern Criminal Justice Association
  • Justice Research & Statistics Associatio
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