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Ross Wolf

Ross Wolf

, Ed.D., M.P.A.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Technology, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice, Dean's Office, Undergraduate Student Services, Instructional Support and Technology, International Committee

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  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • National Sheriffs' Association
  • Southern Criminal Justice Association
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police

    • Biography
    • Research


    Dr. Ross Wolf is Associate Dean in the College of Health and Public Affairs, and Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.  He holds a Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration and Education Leadership and a Master's degree in Public Administration. He has co-authored three course textbooks on police interviewing and over twenty refereed articles and book chapters on campus law enforcement, police administration and management, reserve and volunteer policing, police use of force, tourism policing, and international policing. In addition to his work with police agencies throughout the United States, he has worked with the police in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Russia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

    Dr. Wolf was appointed to and serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Police Administration Committee, and on the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Reserve Law Enforcement Officer Committee.  He was awarded the United States Presidential "Daily Point of Light" Award in 2014, the National Sheriffs' Association "Medal of Merit" in 2014, and the Presidential "Lifetime Call to Service Award" in 2006 for his work with volunteer and reserve policing. Dr. Wolf has also received numerous faculty awards, including the University "Teaching Faculty Leadership Award," the "Excellence in Professional Service Award," and the "Administrative Faculty Leadership Award." In 2009 he was named Research Fellow by the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs. Dr. Wolf is a former gubernatorial-appointed member of the State of Florida Board of Regents.


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership/Higher Education Administration, University of Central Florida
  • M.P.A., Masters in Public Administration, University of Central Florida
  • Research Interests

    • police use of force
    • police and society
    • police training
    • volunteer policing
    • international comparative policing
    • police administration and management
    • reserve and auxiliary policing

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