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About Patrick Oliver, Ph.D.

Dr. Oliver serves as Director of the Criminal Justice Program. Prior to coming to Cedarville in 2005, he served for 27 years in law enforcement, including as Chief of Police in the cities of Fairborn, Grandview Heights, and Cleveland, Ohio, and as Ranger Chief of Cleveland Metropolitan Parks. He also spent 11 years as a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Professor Oliver serves as a Crown Financial Ministries budget coach and seminar instructor, as well as being a consultant and trainer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.


Present Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Cedarville University Department of History and Government
Present Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Cedarville University Department of History and Government

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Honors and Awards

  • Cove Award for Academic Assistance and Mentoring, Cedarville University - 2013
  • National Organization for Law Enforcement Executives President's Award - 2010
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Excellence in Teaching Award - 2009
  • Academic Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies - 2007
  • Trilogy Award, Calvary Missionary Baptist Church - 2005
  • City of Fairborn Peacemaker Award - 2004
  • National Forum of Black Public Administrators' Carl B. Stokes Award - 1996
  • Akron Black Police Officers Association Criminal Justice Person of the Year - 1995
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, East Ohio Gas Company and WZAK Radio - 1992
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, Cuyahoga Community College Basic Police Academy - 1985
  • Deans' Service Award, Cedarville University - 2017
  • Lloyd Sealy Award, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - 2019


  • Career Planning for Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Internship
  • Financial Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Police Administration


Ph.D., Antioch University
B.A., Baldwin Wallace College
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace College

Contact Information

Department of History and Government
Cedarville University
HGC 116


Dissertation (1)

Books (1)

Monographs (2)

Book Chapters (1)

Articles (27)