Dr. Mark Bowman

Associate Professor of Justice Studies
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Mark Bowman, Associate Professor of Justice Studies

Director, Center for Excellence in Justice Administration


B.S., University of Arkansas at Little Rock; M.P.S.L., Christopher Newport University; Ph.D., Old Dominion University


Mark is currently an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies in the Department of Justice Studies and Applied Forensic Science at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC.  He teaches undergraduate Justice Studies courses, graduate Master in Justice Administration courses, and is the Director of Methodist University’s Center for Excellence in Justice Administration. His research interests are police turnover and police leadership development.    

Mark retired as a Lieutenant from the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department in September 2009.  His last assignment was with the Department’s Operations Division in the 2nd Precinct as a Patrol Lieutenant.  In that assignment he was responsible for leading night operations in the Oceanfront Community Oriented Policing area. 

He previously served as a Sergeant in Professional Development & Training as the Department’s leadership development coordinator.  He served as the lead faculty member and coordinator for the Department’s West Point Leadership Course since its inception in 2003.  He also managed the Department’s multi-rater (360-degree) feedback program and served as a leader coach.  He was also responsible for developing leadership and followership training for the Department’s Basic Recruit Academy, the Field Training Officer’s Course, the Sergeant’s Preparatory Course, and the Field Training Sergeant’s Course.         

Mark also served as a Patrol Sergeant, a Detective Sergeant, a Master Police Officer, a Drug Recognition Expert on the Department’s DUI Task Force, and as a SWAT Officer.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Masters in Public Safety Leadership from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia.  He was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy, with a cognate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia in August 2009.

Mark served 26 years on active and reserve duty; both enlisted and commissioned, and retired as a Major from the U. S. Army Reserve.  He served over 18 years as a Special Forces Officer, twice commanding a Special Forces A Detachment.  He has completed a variety of professional education courses at the U. S. Army Infantry School, JFK Special Warfare Center and School, and the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College.   

Mark is an amateur triathlete and has completed two Ironman, three Half Ironman, and over 75 International and Sprint distance triathlons.  

Mark and his wife Brenda have three children and six grandchildren.

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