Kevin Woods, M.A., C.G.S., G.E.C.
Professor of Criminal Justice & Sociology
Department of Criminal Justice
School of Nursing & Behavioral Sciences
Office Location: 36 Roxbury Street, Second floor
Kevin Woods is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, and former Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, having served in that capacity for twelve years. Professor Woods has served on numerous Committees and Work Groups, and is the current Chair of the Becker College Faculty Senate. He will begin his 29th year at Becker this Academic Year (Fall 2017), and has been a part of the Criminal Justice Program since its inception in the fall of 1988 . Some of his memorable moments and achievements at Becker are receiving the 2012 Becker College President's Award, and the 2013 Carlton A. Perry Award from the Athletics Department. His proudest moments are seeing his students excel, achieve, and graduate from Becker, and go on to successful careers (including his daughter, Kara, who is a graduate of Becker's Nursing AS/RN Program).
Professor Woods undergraduate education was completed at Northeastern University (B.S. in Criminal Justice, cum laude), and graduate education at Anna Maria College (M.A. in Criminal Justice). He has completed Post-Graduate courses including a Certificate in Graduate Study – College Teaching from the University of New Hampshire, and a Graduate Executive Certificate – Leadership in Private Security from Northeastern University. Since “learning is lifelong”, he continues to attend professional conferences and seminars in order to keep current, including as a graduate of the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also attended and completed Gavin de Becker & Associates Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy.
Professor Woods is retired from a career in law enforcement of over 37 years, having worked in both private and public/municipal policing. He currently serves as a member of the Consultant Pool of the National Training and Technical Assistance Center; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also serves as a Peer Reviewer (Grant Application assessment) for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. Professor Woods has served as a reviewer for a number of publishers of criminal justice related textbooks, and recently completed a proposal review of a Police-Community Relations textbook for Cognella Publishing (CA). He is also a member of the Public Safety Building Siting Committee in the Town of Millbury.
He is an inductee into the Holy Name High School (Worcester, MA) Hall of Fame as a member of the 1973 Division I State Champion Basketball team, and is also an inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. He recently completed many years of service on the Advisory Board of Holy Name Jr./Sr. Central Catholic High School.
Professor Woods is an accomplished background/principal actor, and a Technical Advisor, in feature films, television and commercials.