Faculty Speaker Series Kicks Off January 2017

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Colorado State University Global is committed to promoting our graduate culture. Our faculty have a passion for engagement in the production of new knowledge and the application of that knowledge in innovative interdisciplinary contexts. In keeping with that focus, CSU Global will be launching the Faculty Speaker Series on January 11, 2017.

CSU Global’s Faculty Speaker Series consists of bimonthly research presentations by faculty who are community practitioners and share a commitment to research and scholarly integrity. Presentations will be given through the video conferencing software, Zoom, on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. MST.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can access presentations at their scheduled time through the CSU Global portal. Presentations will be archived on the portal, the CSU Global YouTube channel, and distributed through The Global Broadcast blog and various social media platforms.

Here is an outline of first three presenters:

January 2017

January 11 - Dr. Robert Kirkland

Central American Gang Violence and its Impact on the United States

Dr. Robert Kirkland will discuss the changing roles of Central American gangs within drug trafficking structures, particularly the Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs), operating in the region. This will include the emerging political role of the gangs (Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, as well as Barrio 18), the negotiations between the gangs and Mexican DTOs for joint operational capacity, the interactions between the two sides, and the significant repercussions all this will likely have across the region and in the United States as the gangs become both better financed and more politically aware and active. Dr. Kirkland has recently published the book: Drug Cartel and Gang Violence in Mexico and CentralAmerica which looked at this issue in depth.

Dr. Robert Kirkland is the Associate Director of Graduate Education at CSU Global. He was previously the Dean of Academics at the California Institute of Advanced Management. A 1988 graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, he retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 with over 25 years of active service. In 2001 he earned an MA and PhD in Latin American history from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an advanced certificate in Latin American studies from the Center for Latin American Studies and a certificate in national security studies from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs while at Pittsburgh.

January 25 - Dr. Douglas A. Orr

Electing a Sheriff: Pure Voter Behavior at the County Level

This author ran for the office of sheriff in a Pacific Northwest county during the November 2014 election. This jurisdiction had embarked on a move to smarter justice philosophies where jail populations at the county level would be reduced through treating nonviolent offenders rather than incarceration. The author embraced these philosophies whereas the incumbent argued to build a newer much larger jail to house growing numbers of violent offenders even after a 56% countywide decrease in violent crime.

As a campaign strategy, it was hypothesized that our message would gain exposure by contacting the pure voter (those voters who had cast ballots in every election over the past four years) through an aggressive door-to-door campaign. This study examines the effects that pure voter contact had on voter outcomes in the sheriff’s race at the voter precinct level. We will also discuss precinct level differences within pure voter groups and between pure voter groups as they relate to geo-located local crime levels, census data, voter party preferences, household political unity, and Initiative 594 (background check for private sales).

Dr. Douglas A. Orr is a 30-year law enforcement veteran who has served as a commissioned law enforcement officer in South Carolina, Idaho, and Washington. He is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Over the years, Dr. Orr has assumed various roles such as collision reconstructionist, street crimes, truancy, sexual assault, and polygraph. He recently retired as a detective in the major crimes unit of the Spokane Police Department in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Orr has been teaching for CSU Global since 2011. He holds an MBA and PhD in criminal justice.

Dr. Orr also holds membership in the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminologists (ASC), and the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG). He is nationally certified as a polygraph examiner through the American Polygraph Association and is certified as an EnCE computer forensic examiner. He is proficient with SPSS.

February 2017

February 8 - Dr. J. Michael Skiba

International Trends in Economic Crime

Economic crime has no boundaries. This session will present some of the unique fraud patterns that are present in today’s global environment. Here are some of the exciting questions we are going to answer in this 60 minute session:

  • Why are companies that focus on profitability by streamlining work process experiencing a significant increase in “opportunistic” fraud?
  • Why is Asia experiencing a significant increase in fraud occurrences?
  • Why do cultural norms prohibit white collar crime identification? Specific examples will be presented from Switzerland, France, Malaysia, and Japan.
  • How is the white collar criminal psychologically different from other criminals and how does not affect the global crime landscape?
  • What is causing an increase in fake death claims in Latin America?
  • How are organized crime groups being creative with committing white collar crime—“hunting accidents”?

All of these questions, and many more, will be covered in this exciting session on international crime!

Dr. J. Michael Skiba is program coordinator of criminal justice programs at CSU Global. Dr. Skiba has worked in the economic crime industry for 22 years in various investigative and leadership roles. He is currently vice president of international counter fraud strategies at INFORM, an international economic crime company where he develops and manages counter fraud strategies with agencies and companies on an international basis, including current projects in Malaysia, Brazil, and Norway. He has also been a university professor for 12 years at various colleges and is considered a subject matter expert on international white collar crime. He is an international speaker and frequent researcher/publisher on the topic of white collar crime and is known as “Dr. Fraud” in the industry. He holds an MBA and a PhD with a concentration on economic crime and also publishes a monthly column in the IASIU (International Association of Special Investigations Unit ) magazine. He is also an instructor for the ATF (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) and a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations System.


For more information on individual presentations, please visit the CSU Global portal.

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