Joseph J Jaksa

Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice
Arts & Behavioral Sciences
Academic and Student Affairs

SVSU Main Campus
Brown Hall 317


Dr. Joseph (Joe) Jaksa joined the SVSU Criminal Justice faculty in 2007 after working in the private security and investigation industry for over 20 years.  Jaksa has a Master's Degree in Leadership and Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University (Master’s thesis in security officer training and legislation), a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Oakland University in Educational Leadership (Doctoral dissertation in Higher Education and Criminal Justice curriculum). He is an active member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) since 1989 and held leadership positions at the local, regional and international levels. Jaksa is also a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International, since 1995.  In addition, he has served as an instructor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Mott Community College.

In addition to his role as the senior member of the SVSU Criminal Justice department, he is also the Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts – Public Administration (MPA) program. This program offers graduate level classes and a degree for individuals working in or interested in careers in the public, non-profit, not-for-profit, governmental, and criminal justice sectors.


Doctor of Philosophy
Oakland University

Master of Arts
Saginaw Valley State University

Bachelor of Arts
Michigan State University

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include:

Undergraduate Courses: Private Security, White Collar Crime, Cybercrime, Homeland Security, and Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.

Graduate Courses: Conflict Management in the Organization, Ethics in the Professions, Organizational Leadership, and Student Affairs Seminar. 


Research Interests: Comparison of practical and theoretical criminal justice curriculum pertaining to undergraduate education, contrasting practices and methodologies between American and European contract security agencies, effects of Homeland Security as a deterrent of crime and terrorism, and the role of teaching acceptable and safe cyber practices. 


Works of Creativity

Recent Publications/Presentations:

  • Textbook – Security 101: An Introduction to the Private Security Industry published through Carolina Academic Press (2016)
  • Article – Hackers: What role does education play? Published with Dr. Anne Tapp in the US-China Review (2016)
  • Presentation – Undergraduate security management students: What are we teaching them presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting (2016)
  • Book Review – Security Legislation: Best Practices for Managing and Preventing Security Related Lawsuits published through ASIS Dynamics (2016)
  • Book Review – Workplace Safety: Establishing an Effective Violence Prevention Program published through ASIS Dynamics (2016)
  • Book Review – The Private Sector’s Role in Disasters: Leveraging the Private Sector in Emergency Management published through ASIS Dynamics (2016)
  • Presentation – The role of technology in virtual mentorships and internships, with Dr. Anne Tapp presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education (2015) 

Community Engagement

Organizational Memberships:

  • Member – ASIS International, Alexandria, Virginia and the Saginaw Valley Chapter
  • Member - Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Member – Textbooks & Academic Authors Association (TAA), Fountain City, Wisconsin
  • Board of Directors Member – Community Resource Center, Flint, Michigan