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Eric Watters

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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PhD, Leadership/ Criminal Justice: University of the Cumberlands
MPA, Public Administration: Barry University 
BPA, Public Administration: Barry University
136th Administrative Officers Course, Southern Police Institute: University of Louisville


Eric Watters, PhD, received bachelor's and master's of Public Administration degrees from Barry University and then earned his PhD in Leadership with a specialization in criminal justice from the University of the Cumberlands. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute.

An assistant professor in the criminal justice program, Watters currently teaches Ethics in Criminal Justice, Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigations and a topics course on White-Collar Crime. His research interests are multidisciplinary in nature and lie in the areas of leadership style preference and selection in criminal justice professionals, human resource practices in justice administration, and the impact of generational differences on law enforcement agency cultures. 

Watters enjoys teaching using the Socratic method because it encourages student interaction and buy-in. He has also found that injecting humor into the classroom helps students overcome their reluctance to participate and keeps them engaged. He likes to share his professional experiences with his students, believing they support learning by allowing students to relate theories and concepts to real-world outcomes, which aids in the understanding and retention of often complex concepts. He encourages debate in the classroom because he believes it spurs critical thinking as students explain and defend their positions and expand their thinking about the subject at hand.

Before coming to Colorado Mesa University, Watters proudly served in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and then worked for the Miramar (FL) Police Department for 20 years.

He began his career as a communications officer and worked his way up the ranks, eventually retiring as the executive commander. Watters’ experience ranged from crime scene processing and traffic homicide investigations to law enforcement accreditation and emergency management. He was also the department’s project manager for the design and construction of its state-of-the-art 80,000 square foot LEED Gold certified headquarters facility; a four-year project costing $28 million. The last 10 years of his law enforcement career were spent at the management level where he led all the administrative functions of a department that served 140,000 full-time residents with a $50 million annual budget. Watters was also an adjunct professor of public administration for 10 years. 

Eric Watters Curriculum Vitae 

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