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Dr. Michael Beshears

Full-Time Associate Professor, Security and Global Studies


Ph.D. in Business Administration - Criminal Justice
Northcentral University
M.S. in Criminology
Indiana State University
M.A. in Heath Services Management
Webster University
B.S. in Criminal Justice/Psychology
Drury University
A.S. in
Drury University

Research Interests

Dr. Beshears has an associate degree in general studies and a dual baccalaureate degree in criminal justice and psychology from Drury University. In addition, he has two graduate degrees, one in criminology from Indiana State University and another in health services management from Webster University. Plus, an additional 18 graduate hours in public administration. His Ph.D. is in business with a specialization in criminal justice from Northcentral University. Dr. Beshears after 22 years of honorable service retired from the United States Army in 1998, at the rank of Master Sergeant. Dr. Beshears has acquired over 20 years of teaching experience in the traditional and online teaching environment. He has an extensive background and first-hand experience in online andragogy instruction, as one of the first Internet (online) course developers and instructors. Since 1994, he has instructed more than 10,000 online and traditional students in criminal justice, corrections, and management. He has mentored numerous colleagues in the skills required to instruct online while promoting student success. Dr. Beshears is the faculty adviser for the university’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice National Honor Society. Dr. Beshears is also a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He resides with his wife Dr. Michelle Beshears, their son Hunter, and daughter Malia near Norfork and Bull Shoals Lakes, in Clarkridge, Arkansas. He also has three beautiful grown daughters Michele, Cora, and Mollye. Peer-Reviewed Publications Include: Beshears, M., Beshears, M. L., Weiss, D. M. (2017). Sex Offender Community Notification Law Reform: A Call for More Active, Consistent, and Detailed Information about High-Risk Offenders. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 5(5), 71-78. Beshears, M. L. (2016). Effectiveness of Police Social Media Use. American Journal of Criminal Justice - Springer, 1-13. Beshears, M. L. (2015). Network Theory: Effectiveness of Social Media Networks Created by Sheriff Offices (pp. 120). ProQuest Dissertation Publishing. Presentations: Beshears, M. L., Bond, M. W. (Author & Presenter), ACJS 54th Annual Meeting, "Narcissism in Policing Organizations: What to Look for and How to Correct It," Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. (March 25, 2017). Beshears, M. L., Sloan C Discussion, "Briefing of: 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium," APUS, Adobe Connect - Phone and Online. (May 7, 2014).