Develop specialized skills in Private Security

In addition to bachelors and associates degree offerings, Madonna University’s Criminal Justice program offers a variety of certificates of completion in the following areas:

  • Private Investigation
  • Crime Scene Practice
  • Homeland Security
  • Animal Cruelty Investigation
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Spanish for Law Enforcement

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Student Success

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson started at Madonna University in the fall of 2012 as a criminal justice major. He participated in two professional internships. His dream of becoming a police officer was realized when he was hired by the Michigan State Police in 2014. As an alumnus, he continues to support and mentor students.

Faculty Bios

Tara KaneAssistant Professor, Interim Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences

Master of Science & Leadership Studies, Madonna University

Bachelor of Science, Madonna University


734-432-5429, 2208

Tara Kane

Ms. Tara Kane is the Interim Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences.  She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 coming from the West Bloomfield Police Department. She retired as a Detective/Sergeant of Investigations. She completed her M.S.B.A. in 2008 and her B.S. in 2002, both from Madonna University.

She teaches in the area of criminology and special topics, with subject matter concentration on vulnerable populations and sexual assault. Her interests include the suspected abuse and neglect of children, domestic violence and sexual assault. She is actively engaged in Title IX initiatives related to sexual assault on college campuses, as well as community engagement with partners combating Human Trafficking.

She serves as one of the faculty advisory board members for the student group Stop A.V.T. (Stop all Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking).  She is a faculty advising fellow, committed to the Appreciative Advising model approach.  She believes that by addressing students’ dreams and goals from day one equals the best recipe for future success- academically and professionally.

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Victor LauriaAssistant Professor, Interim Department Chair,
Program Director, Emergency Management, Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health

M.S.-T.C. Eastern Michigan University

B.S. Northern Michigan University

Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.) Novi Police Department

Graduate FBI National Academy – Session #250


734-432-5438, 2418

Victor Lauria

Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28-year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."

 His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.

 In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.

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Robert GreenwoodAssistant Professor

Master of Public Administration - Western Michigan University

Bachelor of Arts - Concordia University 

Parole/Probation Manager (Ret.) Michigan Department of Corrections

Graduate MDOC Corrections and Parole/Probation Officer Academy


734-432-5439, 2422

Robert Greenwood

Robert Greenwood is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He began teaching at Madonna in 2004 as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department before joining as a full-time faculty member in 2019.

He has 35 years of experience working for the Michigan Department of Corrections in community corrections and at several state correctional/mental health facilities.  He has worked as a corrections officer, parole officer, and probation officer for the 38th Circuit Court.  Robert has served in a supervisory capacity in the Michigan Department of Corrections and Community Health, as an Assistant Resident Unit Supervisor, Captain, Deputy Director of Safety and Security and retiring as a Parole/Probation Manager.

His favorite subjects to teach are Victimology, Introduction to Corrections, and Parole and Probation.

He also serves on Madonna’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board and assists with the development of criminal justice courses utilizing quality matters that focuses on student-centered priorities.

Robert is married and has two children.

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