Hodges Professor to give report on terrorism at international summit

Dr. Joseph Kibitlewski, Criminal Justice Program Chair at Hodges University, has been selected to present his paper on Terrorism at the XV World Congress of the International Society for Criminology this July in Barcelona, Spain.

The paper, “Higher Education vs. Terrorism,” examines the role that Higher Education plays in the war on terrorism. The major players in the area of thwarting terrorist acts have been the intelligence and militaries of affected nations. However,

Dr. Kibitlewski explains that in order for the war on terrorism to be successful at the local level, every public sector worker needs to be vigilant. “Many in the public sector, including law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency personnel, have incredible intelligence gathering capabilities.  By being on the scene in an emergency situation, they have access to people, comments or actions that are observed and overheard. All of this information needs to be funneled into a central data bank for analyzing purposes,” he said.

For the last several years, Hodges has added additional courses in its Criminal Justice program that looks at the many facets of counter-terrorism, affording them the ability to keep law enforcement students better educated in this volatile subject matter. 

Dr. Kibitlewski brings a wealth of knowledge on the subject to the conference. His law enforcement career dates back to the early 70’s. He has been teaching criminal justice at the collegiate level for almost 20 years. Dr. Kibitlewski has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington; a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, both in political science. In March, 2006, he became a member of the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University in England. 

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