61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Division: Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Office Location: 36 Roxbury Street, Second floor
Professor Kevin Woods received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University, his master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College, and post graduate certificates in college teaching at the University of New Hampshire and in private security leadership at Northeastern University. He also completed the U.S. Justice Department’s National Victim Assistance Academy, and the Gavin de Becker and Associates Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy. In 2010, the retired police officer was honored by the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) with the President’s Award, acknowledging over 32 years of service with the Millbury Police Department and Mass C.O.P. Local 128.
In 2012, Professor Woods was invited to, and completed, a Textbook Prospectus Review for Victimology: Contemporary Theory, Research and Applications by Bonnie S. Fisher, Bradford W. Reyns, and John J. Sloan III at the request of SAGE Publications, Criminology and Criminal Justice Division. It is scheduled for publication in 2014. He was also invited to apply to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) request for expert Peer Reviewers. In January 2013, Professor Woods joined the Executive Board of the newly formed Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education.
Criminal justice and legal studies have been programs of study at Becker College for over 20 years. Students majoring in criminal justice as well as in associated fields such as legal studies, psychology, and other majors, have all benefited directly from the growth and development of the entire criminal justice curriculum and the work of Professor Woods. Through his leadership, the program has helped Becker College earn a reputation for producing competent and committed graduates to work within the justice fields locally, regionally, and beyond, including community and state police departments, correctional departments, and federal law enforcement agencies, and a variety of human services organizations.
In 2012, Woods received the President's Award from Dr. Johnson for consistently serving as an example of Becker's core values. Learn more here