Dr. Jeffrey Carter

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Public Administration
Graduate Program Director for Leadership and Public Administration
Director of Prior Learning Assessment
Phone: ext. 5065
Email: carterj01@centenarycollege.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph.D., Northcentral University
  • M.A., Centenary College
  • C.P.M., New Jersey Department of Personnel/
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • B.A., Centenary College
  • A.A., Raritan Valley Community College
  • Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) CAEL
  • Certificate of Professional Achievement as a
    Prior Learning Assessor


Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Public Administration, Director of the Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration program, and Director of the Prior Learning Assessment program, who retired after 25 years of law enforcement service. He began his career as a police dispatcher with the Rutgers University Police Department and was later promoted to police officer, serving on the Emergency Response Team. He later joined the Franklin Township Police Department, Somerset County, New Jersey and served in the Patrol Division, Administrative Division, and K-9 Unit as a certified K-9 handler. As a sergeant he served as a patrol squad supervisor and was later assigned as the communications supervisor. He managed the Communications Center, including the call-taking/dispatching staff, 9-1-1 system, police, fire, and EMS radio systems. As a lieutenant, he served as computer system administrator, patrol shift commander, Administrative Division commander, and the Professional Services Division commander, where he was responsible for the daily operations of the Bureaus of Administrative Resources, Technology & Communications, Public Affairs, Records & Information, K-9 Unit, Neighborhood Police Teams, and the Office of Emergency Management. He oversaw the deployment of a multi-million dollar digital trunked radio system, 9-1-1 Communications Center upgrade, and a new CAD/RMS system.

During the final 3 years of his law enforcement career, Dr. Carter was assigned to the Somerset County Police Academy, a division of the Raritan Valley Regional Public Safety Institute, where he served as the continuing education administrator. He was responsible for managing the Institute’s continuing educating programs, including police instructor certification programs. He also travels across the United States, Canada, and Europe providing crisis communications training to 9-1-1 call-takers for PowerPhone, Inc., and he continues to instruct at the Public Safety Institute.

Dr. Carter served for 10 years as an elected fire commissioner, is a life-member of a volunteer fire company, and a former president and line officer of a volunteer first aid squad. He holds several emergency services certifications. He is a member of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators and several other professional organizations. He serves on college-level criminal justice and service learning advisory boards. Drawing on practical experience, he developed a CD-ROM based re-certification training program in Advanced Law Enforcement Dispatch and co-developed a 15 credit college-level certificate program relating to emergency management and preparedness studies. He assisted with revising Centenary College’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program as now serves as program director.

Dr. Jeffrey Carter