Distinguished Professor Emeritus
College of Criminal Justice
The University of South Carolina
Dr. Stephens retired from the College of Criminal Justice at USC at the end of 2003 and then developed and coordinated of the Executive Leadership Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (2005-2007). Among the courses he has taught in the university classroom and with more than 200 clients of his consulting business is “The Future of Law Enforcement.”
Currently he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Safety Leadership Development Consortium, a charter member of Police Futurists International, a member of the FBI-PFI Futures Working Group, and criminal justice editor of The Futurist. In addition to being an instructor in the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, he has been an instructor in the California Command College, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, and guest instructor at the FBI Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Canadian Police College, and many other law enforcement and criminal justice organizations. Recently he has been researching and publishing in the areas of leadership development, cybercrime, and youth-at-risk, all with a focus on the future.
Dr. Stephens received his Ph.D. in Public Policy/Criminology from Emory University in 1976, and also has degrees from Georgia State University (M.S. in Urban Studies-Criminal Justice, 1974) and The University of Tennessee (B.S. in Journalism, 1961).
Prior to his academic career, he was a journalist, working as an investigative/political reporter/editor on The Knoxville Journal, The Atlanta Times, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and The Atlanta Constitution as well as a bureau chief for United Press International. He won several awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
In addition, he is author/editor of several books and book chapters and has served as editor of the Criminal Justice Review and the American Journal of Criminal Justice.
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