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Dr. Michael Pittaro

Full-Time Assistant Professor, Security and Global Studies

Education

Ph.D. in Public Safety/Criminal Justice
Capella University
M.P.A. in Public Administration
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
B.S. in Criminal Justice
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Corrections, Criminology, Probation / Parole, Sex Offenders, Serial Killers, human trafficking, Criminal Justice Leadership Theory and Practice.

Positions Held

2012 - Present
East Stroudsburg University
Adjunct Professor – Criminal Justice
2011 - Present
Bethel University, College of Professional Studies (Online)
Adjunct – Criminal Justice
2017 - 2017
Karnavati University - United World School of Law (India)
Visiting Professor / Academic Advisory Council
2010 - 2013
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Adjunct Instructor – Criminal Justice
2010 - 2013
Central Pennsylvania College (Lehigh Valley Campus)
Adjunct Instructor – Criminal Justice
2011 - 2012
Instructional Connections, Inc (Online)
Academic Coach / Teaching Assistant – Criminal Justice
2011 - 2012
Guard-A-Kid of the Lehigh Valley, L.L.C.
Owner / President
2011 - 2012
EduFire (Global)
Virtual Criminal Justice Tutor
2011 - 2011
South University – Online
Adjunct Instructor – Criminal Justice
2011 - 2011
Forensic Treatment Services
Sexual Offender Group Counselor
2010 - 2011
Community Prevention Resources of Warren County, Inc.
Executive Director
2009 - 2010
Justice Works Youth Care
Assistant Director
2006 - 2010
Cedar Crest College
Adjunct Instructor – Criminal Justice

Intellectual Contributions

Infants are the youngest victims of the opioid crisis

Michael Pittaro, Shanna O'Connor Graduate
November 9, 2018
In Public Safety

Insights on the ways of educating the next-gen legal and criminological researchers

Michael Pittaro
September 18, 2018
The Higher Education Review

Cyberbullying in Adolescence: Victimization and Adolescence

Michael Pittaro
September 01, 2018
IGI Global

Pornography and Global Sex Trafficking: A Proposal for Therapeutic Jurisprudence as Court Innovation in the United States

Michael Pittaro
March 2017
IGI Global

Cyberbullying victimization and gender in the United States: A correlational analysis

Michael Pittaro, Amy Burkman
December 16, 2016
International Research Journal on Police Science

Role of pornography in sex trafficking

Michael Pittaro
July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 6, 2016
Hidden Tears Project

Cyberbullying victimization and reporting: A correlational analysis based on the national crime victimization survey of 2012

Michael Pittaro
June 30, 2016
ProQuest

International efforts by police leadership to combat human trafficking

Michael Pittaro, Anthony Normore
June 8, 2016
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

It's "correctional officer," not guard

Michael Pittaro, Anthony Gangi
May 8, 2016
Huffington Post

Demystifying female perpetrated sex crimes against children

Michael Pittaro
2015
Sexual Assault Report

Stress and Suicide

Michael Pittaro
October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2015
American Jail Association

Human Trafficking The "Dark Figure" of Crime for International Law Enforcement Leadership

Michael Pittaro, Anthony Normore
September 2015
FBI

Combating human trafficking: Recommendations for police leadership in establishing transnational collaboration

Michael Pittaro
August 2015
IGI Global

Sexual Abuse Survival and Recovery

Michael Pittaro
April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2015
In Public Safety

Authored the Foreword

Michael Pittaro
2012
Anthem Press

Authored the Foreword

Michael Pittaro
June 2011
IGI Global

Criminology – Academic Reference Guide

Michael Pittaro
2011
BarCharts, Inc.

Cyberstalking: Typology, Etiology, and Victims

Michael Pittaro
February 2011
Taylor and Francis Publishing

Childhood Bullying: A Pervasive Social Problem

Michael Pittaro
2009
Cambridge Scholars

Cybercrime - Selected Readings from the Infotrac for college students

Michael Pittaro
2009
Cengage Publishing

Prisoner reintegration challenges of assimilation and crime desistance

Michael Pittaro
2008
Professional Issues in Criminal Justice

School violence and social control theory: An evaluation of the Columbine massacre

Michael Pittaro
2008
International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences

Cyberstalking: An analysis of online harassment and intimidation

Michael Pittaro
May 2008
International Journal of Cyber Criminology

Crimes of the Internet

Michael Pittaro
March 2008
Prentice Hall

Police Occupational Stress and Its Impact on Community Relations

Michael Pittaro
January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2008
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Introduction to Private Security (1st Edition)

Michael Pittaro, Jack Dempsey
2007
Cengage Publishing

The American criminal justice system: An academic reference guide

Michael Pittaro
June 2007
Barcharts, Inc.

From Cellblock to Classroom: The Transition from Helpless to Helpful.

Michael Pittaro
September 2004
Academic Leader / Magna Publications

External Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

Managing Editor

International Journal of Cyber Criminology
2018 - 2019
Not Funded

Visiting Professor Criminal Justice / Criminology

Karnavati University - United World School of Law
2017
Funded – In Progress

Presentations

Boys and Men: The Often-Overlooked Victims of Transnational Sex Trafficking

International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference
September 2019

TBA

Tennessee Corrections Institute Annual Conference
August 6, 2019

Working with Criminal Offenders

Working with Criminal Offenders
January 16, 2019

Criminology: how theories can be used to explain global crime patterns and trends

Meet the Experts
November 13, 2018

Physical and mental health coping strategies to improve officer wellness

Global Institute of Forensic Research
November 01, 2018

Improving the Physical and Emotional Wellness of Jail Employees

American Jail Association
September 26, 2018

Transnational human trafficking: A glimpse into modern-day slavery

Global Issues
March 27, 2018

Career Guidance

Career Day
March 20, 2018

My Brother's Keeper

Male Multicultural Initiative - Black History Month
February 28, 2018

Transformational Leadership: Improving the Culture of American Corrections

Brown Bag Series Session
December 14, 2017

Transnational human trafficking

Diversity Committee
November 9, 2017

Stress and Burnout Among Juvenile Detention Employees

Ohio Juvenile Detention Services Association
September 8, 2017

Pornography and It’s Link to International Sex Trafficking in Children

Karnavati University sponsored - National Conference on Human Rights
July 22, 2017

Prison Administration, Criminology, and Penal Law: A Comparative presentation between the United States and India

Karnavati University - United World School of Law
July 20, 2017

Inspiring the Next Generation of Global Leaders

Karnavati University - United World School of Law
July 18, 2017

International Humans Rights Against Child Exploitation

Karnavati University - United World School of Law
July 14, 2017

Conference Closing Plenary Speaker

Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association Conference
May 24, 2017

Improving our emotional and physical well-being: Effective strategies for criminal justice professionals.

Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association Conference
May 23, 2017

International Human Trafficking Think Tank

Global Resource Epicentre Against Trafficking
April 2017

How Humor, Praise, and Inspiration Can Lead to Student Engagement

2017 Teaching Excellence Summit
April 20, 2017

Prison Reform

Prison Reform Project
January 20, 2017

Transformational Leadership: Improving the Culture of American Corrections

37th annual North Carolina Correctional Association Training Conference
November 17, 2016

Transforming Corrections

Warden Exchange
June 23, 2016

Criminal Justice Reform in Pennsylvania

League of Women Voters Annual Meeting
June 14, 2016

Transformational leadership can improve the culture of corrections

New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association / New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators
April 1, 2016

Let’s Talk Leadership

Let’s Talk Leadership
March 31, 2016

Project Success - Public Service Profession Panel

Project Success - Public Service Profession Panel
February 20, 2016

Transformational Leadership and the Culture of Corrections

Tier Talk Radio
February 10, 2016

Police Brutality

Lecture presented to Alpha Phi Sigma / Phi Alpha Delta Joint Chapter Meeting in a Joint Chapter Meeting
December 8, 2015

Correctional Officer Suicide and Leadership

September 21, 2015

Inside the Criminal Mind: Manipulation, Deception, and Trickery and the role of Prison Chaplain

Pennsylvania Prison Chaplain's Association
September 1, 2015

Stress, Burnout, and Suicide Among Correctional Workers: The Silent Killers

July 28, 2015

Human Trafficking

East Stroudsburg University - Community Law Enforcement Day
April 2015

Combatting human trafficking: Transnational collaboration in policing the globe

Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT)
March 15, 2015

Combating human trafficking: Recommendations for police leadership in establishing transnational collaboration

International Summit on Combating Human Trafficking
November 2014

Community perception of female perpetrated sex crimes against children

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
February 18, 2014

Delivered the GED commencement speech

GED Commencement
December 20, 2012

Cybercrime Presentation for Public Safety

August 3, 2011

Cybercrime Presentation

June 15, 2011

Media Contributions

Embracing Soft Skills as Criminal Justice Professionals

Global Institute of Forensic Research
May 31, 2019
Other

Exposure to Media Violence and Media Desensitization

Psychology Today
May 6, 2019
Social Media - Blog

Criminal Justice Reform

PBS39
March 19, 2019
TV

Transformational leadership practices in corrections

Global Institute of Forensic Research
February 28, 2019
Other

Male sexual abuse survivors: Are we doing enough?

In Public Safety
February 23, 2019
Social Media - Blog

The International and Domestic Fight Against Human Trafficking

In Public Safety
February 22, 2019
Social Media - Podcast

Addressing the Challenges of an Aging Prison Population (Webinar)

InTime Solutions
February 21, 2019
Other

Roundtable - How to Land a Job in Academia

PoliceOne
February 14, 2019
Social Media - Blog

What is Emotional Intelligence and How Can It Benefit Corrections Employees?

Global Institute of Forensic Research
February 14, 2019
Other

A Victim-Centered Approach to Sex Trafficking is Critical

Psychology Today
January 18, 2019
Social Media - Blog

The Challenges Law Enforcement Faces To Prevent Human Trafficking

In Public Safety
January 11, 2019
Social Media - Podcast

What is Sextortion and Why Should We Be Concerned?

Psychology Today
January 8, 2019
Social Media - Blog

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Podcast Recording

American Military University
December 20, 2018
Social Media - Podcast

Coping strategies to improve officer wellness

In Public Safety
December 14, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Mandatory overtime comes with physical and financial consequences

In Public Safety
November 30, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Mandatory overtime comes with physical and financial consequences

CorrectionsOne
November 28, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Addressing Rising Suicide Rates Among Women Veterans

Psychology Today
November 27, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Winging it as a single father: How did I get here?

Psychology Today
November 23, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Implicit Bias within the Criminal Justice System

Psychology Today
November 21, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Mass shooters: A unique criminological explanation

Psychology Today
November 10, 2018
Social Media - Blog

The Overlooked Victims of the Opioid Crisis

Psychology Today
October 25, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Online Gaming Predators: Take Steps to Protect Your Children

In Cyber Defense
October 3, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Challenges of an Ageing Prisoner Population

The Protector
September 28, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Improving our emotional and physical wellbeing: Effective strategies for Jail professionals

Webinar for the American Jail Association
September 26, 2018
Internet

The Importance of Soft Skills for Criminal Justice Professionals

In Public Safety
September 21, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Catholic priest sexual abuse report: Why states need to change the statute of limitations laws.

In Public Safety
September 5, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Faculty Spotlight

American Military University - Faculty Spotlight
August 31, 2018
Internet

How Infants Are Falling Victim to the Opioid Crisis

In Public Safety
August 16, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Vlog - Addressing Corruption in Corrections

Vlog - American Military University
August 10, 2018
Other

Vlog - Addressing Corruption in Corrections

Corrrections One
August 7, 2018
Other

Vlog - Transformational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence in Corrections

American Military University
August 2, 2018
Other

Penalized for being poor: The nation's flawed bail system

In Public Safety
July 25, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Penalized for Being Poor: The Nation’s Flawed Bail System

In Public Safety
July 25, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Why Legislation Initiatives Are Needed to Help Ex-Offenders Find Employment

In Public Safety
July 20, 2018
Social Media - Blog

How legislation can help ex-prisoners find employment

Corrections One
July 3, 2018
Internet

Addressing the Challenges Posed by an Aging Prisoner Population

In Public Safety
June 22, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Why Ex-Prisoners Struggle to Successfully Reintegrate into Society

In Public Safety
May 4, 2018
Social Media - Blog

How the aging prisoner population challenges correctional facilities

Corrections One
May 01, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Community Service Provides Many Personal and Professional Benefits

In Public Safety
April 19, 2018
Social Media - Blog

What Andrew Holland's Death Reveals About Caring for Mentally Ill Inmates

In Public Safety
March 29, 2018
Social Media - Blog

A theoretical explanation for the increase in school shootings

In Public Safety
March 16, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Why public safety professionals need to prevent, identify stress and apply coping strategies

International Public Safety Association
March 7, 2018
Internet

Why transformational leaders should embrace emotional intelligence

In Public Safety
February 26, 2018
Social Media - Blog

'Been there, done that!' The benefits of a teacher who is a scholar- practitioner.

Corrections One
February 14, 2018
Social Media - Blog

The scholar-practitioner approach to teaching: A criminal justice professor’s perspective

In Public Safety
January 18, 2018
Social Media - Blog

Understanding and Managing Corrections Officer Stress

American Military University - 2017 e-Magazine
December 14, 2017
Magazine

Addressing the lack of research on male childhood sexual abuse

In Public Safety
July 31, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Why Sessions mandatory minimums directive is a step backwards

AMU - In Public Safety
June 12, 2017
Social Media - Blog

The importance of emotional wellness in criminal justice

AMU - In Public Safety
June 2, 2017
Social Media - Blog

How Do Corrections Leaders Spot Employees Susceptible to Corruption?

Corrections One
April 28, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Could Early Lead Exposure Contribute to Crime and Delinquency?

AMU - In Public Safety
March 22, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Inspiring a New Generation of Leaders.

AMU - In Public Safety
March 17, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Why Some Correctional Employees Are Corrupt

In Public Safety
February 06, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Looking beyond the uniform: How trooper weaver's death shook the law enforcement community

AMU - In Public Safety
January 31, 2017
Social Media - Blog

How emotional intelligence benefits correctional officers

AMU - In Public Safety
January 5, 2017
Social Media - Blog

What is Emotional Intelligence and How Can it Benefit Correctional Officers?

December 2016
Social Media - Blog

Is inmate unity a direct threat to safety and security?

Huffington Post
September 3, 2016
Newspaper

Professor gives students 16 secrets to success

Society 19 Online Magazine
August 21, 2016
Magazine

Rise in elderly prisoners requires resources and training

AMU - In Public Safety
August 15, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Role of pornography in sex trafficking

Hiddent Tears Project
July 6, 2016
Social Media - Blog

International efforts by police leadership to combat human trafficking

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
June 8, 2016
Other

It's "correctional officer," not guard

Huffington Post
May 8, 2016
Newspaper

Correctional leaders must change their leadership style

AMU - In Public Safety
April 7, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Transformational leadership can change the culture of corrections

AMU - In Public Safety
March 19, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Professor burnout: Implications for university leadership

About Leaders
March 9, 2016
Social Media - Blog

From convict to community leader: One man’s journey toward personal redemption

AMU - In Public Safety
February 26, 2016
Social Media - Blog

A year in review: The most important topics in corrections

AMU - Corrections: A Year In Review
January 5, 2016
Magazine

The challenges of incarcerating mentally ill inmates

AMU - In Public Safety
December 7, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Prisons Going Green

AMU - In Public Safety
October 16, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Stress and Suicide

American Jail Association
October 15, 2015
Magazine

Corrections System Fails Female Prisoners: One Woman's Story

AMU - In Public Safety
August 13, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Prisoners' manipulation of correctional workers: Avoiding the psychological trap

AMU - In Public Safety
June 25, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Should Prisoners be Entitled to Pell Grants to Help Pay for College?

AMU - In Public Safety
May 27, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Fighting human trafficking is a job for all of us

Spirit of Jefferson
May 6, 2015
Newspaper

Improve Your Facility by Changing Your Leadership Style

AMU - In Public Safety
April 9, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Sexual Abuse Survival and Recovery

AMU - In Public Safety
April 7, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Combatting human trafficking: Transnational collaboration in policing the globe.

The Journal News
March 30, 2015
Newspaper

Serving our country to serving time: The rise and value of veteran treatment courts

AMU - In Public Safety
March 6, 2015
Social Media - Blog

States should prioritize education over incarceration

AMU - In Public Safety
February 20, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Stress Management Strategies for Correctional Officers

AMU - In Public Safety
January 2015
Social Media - Blog

Suicide Among Corrections Officers: It’s Time For An Open Discussion

AMU - In Public Safety
January 2015
Social Media - Blog

Transformational Leadership and the Impact on Morale, Satisfaction in Corrections.

AMU - In Public Safety
December 14, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Interview with Michael Pittaro (Criminal Justice Expert)

ItsGov.com
November 2014
Social Media - Blog

Surge in Elderly Prisoners Poses Challenges for Nation’s Prisons

AMU - In Public Safety
November 2014
Social Media - Blog

National Cyber Security Month: Protecting Children from Online Predators

AMU - In Public Safety
October 20, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Breaking down barriers: Research about female perpetrated domestic violence against male victims

AMU - In Public Safety
July 31, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Sexual Predators: From the Playground to Cyberspace

AMU - In Public Safety
September 13, 2013
Social Media - Blog

Because I get to make a difference in my community

CEOBlogNation
June 16, 2013
Social Media - Blog

Lehigh Valley Style Magazine

Lehigh Valley Style Magazine
September 2012
Magazine

From Cellblock to Classroom: The Transition from Helpless to Helpful

Academic Leader
September 2004
Magazine

Awards & Honors

April 18, 2019
Warrior Impact Award
East Stroudsburg University
Faculty who have been recognized for their contribution to the academic success of student athletes.
June 2018
Faculty Story
American Military University
The university spent several days at my home and at the 2018 graduation commencement ceremony filming me for a faculty story.
June 01, 2018
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year - 2018
American Military University
On June 1, 2018, I was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award at the Awards Luncheon - National Gaylord Convention and Resort.
February 28, 2018
Male Multicultural Iniative - Black History Month
East Stroudsburg University
Accepted an invitation to serve as a community leader for Black History Month
February 5, 2018
2017 Top Employee Curator Award
AMU Social Influencer Program
Employee-suggested content received the most overall engagements during the APUS Social Influencer Program's inaugural year (2017). The article (http://ow.ly/jzaR30ieCtF) suggested received a total of 613 engagements
June 22, 2017
Featured AMU Employee
American Military University
APUS employee, Cindy Aitken and her team, will be sending a video crew to conferences in India and Ohio where I'll be presenting. This will also include video featuring my home, neighborhood, and kids, which is intended to promote the university, particularly our awesome criminal justice program
April 30, 2017
Warrior Academic Impact Award
East Stroudsburg University
Award received for my dedication and commitment to the Academic pursuits of East Stroudsburg University Student-Athletes.
April 2017
Faculty Spotlight
School of Security and Global Studies - AMU
Recognized by my faculty director and program director for scholarly accomplishments
June 15, 2015
Educator of the Year
North Star Award
Award recognition by past and present students to receive the North Star Educator of the Year Award 2015
2014
UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award (Nomination)
UPCEA
Nominated for the 2014 UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award – American Public University – 2014
November 2013
Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma - Kappa Kappa
National Criminal Justice Honor Society - Faculty Member
June 2013
2013 - Outstanding Criminal Justice Faculty Member of the Year
American Military University
Award Recognition for "Outstanding Criminal Justice Faculty Member" of the year.