Ph.D., Michigan State, Social Science (Criminal Justice), 2000.
Specializations: Policing, Future of Crime and Justice, Criminal Justice Management and Administration, Policy and Program Evaluation, Police Leadership and Organizational Change.
Dr. Schafer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice. He has served as a member of the PFI/FBI Futures Working Group, as past president of the Society of Police Futurists International, and a visiting scholar in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy, the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (Griffith University, Australia), and the Australian Institute of Police Management. He is currently a Commissioner with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He has presented research, conducted training, and provided testimony for a variety of state and federal agencies in the US, as well as Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Hungary. Currently, Dr. Schafer is researching organizational change, police innovation, police leadership, fear and victimization, and emerging issues in policing. He has served as Department Chair since 2011.