Michael L. Qualls

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Qualls@fvsu.edu
  • 478-825-6863


Fort Valley State University
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice
Bond 153
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030


Bachelor of Science in Education, Speech Education/Drama
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Master of Science, Criminal Justice
University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

Lieutenant Colonel, Retired
U.S. Army Reserves
March 1972-December 1996

Certified in Homeland Security- Level III, 2004; Level IV, 2005; Level V, 2006

Selected other courses:
Certificate of Training
Weapons of Mass Destruction 101 Course
Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team
Jan 2005

Drugs, Guns, and Gangs in Schools
Law Advisory Group
October 2002
6 hours completed

Correctional Security for Non-Security Personnel
Arkansas Department of Corrections Training Facility
July 2001
24 hours completed

Basic Police Law Enforcement
Training Academy
Pocahontas, AR
February-May 2000
545 hours (graduated and certified)

The Program Manager and Training Standards Officer Training Course
Department of the Army
Hampton, VA
November 1991
16 hours completed

Death Scene Investigation
Russellville Police Department
Russellville, AR
August 1989
16 hours (graduated)

Drug Detection Course
Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
Russellville, AR
July 1989
24 hours (graduated)

Intelligence Collection Management Course
Defense Intelligence College
Washington, DC
August-September 1983
160 hours (graduated)

Electronic Warfare Staff Officer Course
U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Schools
Ft. Huachuca, AZ
May-June 1981
80 hours (graduated)

Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Course
III Corps
Ft. Hood, TX
May 1981
80 hours (graduated)


Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
August 2001- Present

Research Associate for Georgia Center for Juvenile Justice
August 2001- 2003
Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia

Taught classes of from two to over seventy students, wrote and taught classes on the web, and served as the Criminal Justice Co-coordinator for the Criminal Justice On-line Program.

  • Taught classes in every area of law enforcement, forensic science, and other classes offered in the program. Classes included day and evening schedules, remote location classes and on-line classes.
  • Developed the Center for Juvenile Justice into a working center.
  • Ordered equipment, assisted in board and policy development, created brochures, posters, activity schedules, work space, and handled all correspondence and the majority of personal contacts made on behalf of the Center and the new Forensic Science degree.
  • Completed successful forums featuring the Commissioner of Juvenile Justice for the State of Georgia in January 2002 and YOUTH Violence Conferences begun in October 2002 and continued on a bi-yearly basis.
  • Acted as the program’s contact for Regents and external university matters.
  • Acted as lead instructor and facilitator for the Criminal Justice Franchise at FVSU

Unit Trainer
June – August 2001
Grimes and McPherson Units, Arkansas Department of Corrections, Newport, Arkansas

Hired to be the Unit Trainer for McPherson Women’s Unit but served at the Grimes Men’s facility for about two weeks upon initial arrival. Both units had been under private contract until they were transferred to the Arkansas Department of

Director of Public Safety
May 1999- May 2001
University of Arkansas at Monticello

Directly supervised the 24-hour law enforcement and security activities of a six person Police Department with jurisdiction covering over 200 acres of main campus, 35 buildings, over 2500 associated student, faculty and staff population and 2000 additional forested acres.

  • Chaired committee developing the university’s first Emergency Manual and associated documents.
  • Chaired the University Committee for Parking and Traffic recommendations.
  • Revised and upgraded policy and procedures manual to meet current legal requirements.
  • Completed 12-week Law Enforcement Training Academy for re-certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in the state of Arkansas. Currently hold all available state certifications and Instructor certifications.
  • Managed the Key Control System for the campus.
  • Taught in the UAM Criminal Justice Program.

Director of Community Safety and Security
September 1995-July 1998
Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

Managed and directly supervised 24-hour security coverage of 55 acre campus with 42 buildings and about 2000 students, faculty, and staff. Direct supervisory responsibility for fire safety, life safety, and OSHA objectives of the university and associated medical professional programs.

  • Managed development and implementation of the University’s first Emergency Manual and accompanying desk reference.
  • Reorganized department for efficiency and reporting requirements for federal legal compliance.
  • Provided special coverage for University events and political personalities including Robert Kennedy, Dan Quayle, Mario Cuomo, Leon Panetta, and Haley Barbour.
  • Instructed full credit classes covering Martial Arts, Personal Safety, and Personal Defense.
  • Implemented University’s first computerized personal identification system.
  • Coordinated materials to be used for electronic web-based information system including OSHA/MSDS Chemical database.
  • Collaborated with the Dean of Students office to author and implement a comprehensive University Controlled Substances Policy.

Director of Security
August 1994-July 1995
St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida

Directed 24-hour security coverage of 144-acre campus with 15 buildings and over 2500 students, faculty, and staff. Oversight supervision of contract security operations. Managed safety and OSHA objectives. Managed student health and accident insurance plans and workers compensation coverage.

  • Wrote and implemented 60 page Post Orders Manual.
  • Re-structured campus patrolling and incident investigation.
  • Experienced a 50% reduction in reportable incidents after restructure.
  • Researched and recommended new procedures for accident and health insurance tracking and risk management.
  • Organized security coverage for special events, including the Archbishop of Havana campus worship service and Nebraska Orange Bowl football team pre-game practices.

Loss Prevention Manager
November 1992-August 1994
Montgomery Ward, Odessa, Texas

Responsible for the loss prevention and safety objectives for a mid-sized department store with automotive center.

  • Predominately single person operation responsible for detection, observation, investigation, and prosecution of internal and external theft and fraud threats.
  • Responsible for over 100 successful detentions during tenure.
  • Provided video and floor surveillance, auditing of transactions, voids, refunds, cash variances, and inventory checks.
  • Monitored compliance with company safety and OSHA programs in general liability, worker’s compensation, fire prevention and risk management.
  • Experienced a 30% reduction in cost of reported accidents by effective communication with insurers.

Director of Security
May 1990-February 1992
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas

Performed all security functions including budgeting and hiring of 70 person security force, supervision of training, investigations, liaison with local and state law enforcement, parking and traffic control of ten building complex, equipment and disaster planning, and direction of campus shuttle system.

  • Wrote policy and procedures and department emergency manuals.
  • Improved department training programs to include state and IAHSS training guidelines.
  • Formulated and taught security training programs to hospital personnel.
  • Assisted in changing hospital security system from manual to electronic access control.
  • Provided security for celebrities including Arkansas Governor Clinton and Hollywood personalities such as Mary Hart and Maclean Stevenson.
  • Implemented security for new Health Research Center.
  • Coordinated security portion of hospital’s response to protest activities

Director of Public Safety
July 1984-May 1990
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas

Directed all campus law enforcement activities; budgeting; selection and training of officers; building and grounds security; investigation and prosecution coordination.

  • Transformed proprietary security organization into operational Police Department.
  • Certified as Police Officer and Police Instructor in Professional and General Subjects.
  • Developed policy and procedures manual for Law Enforcement Operations on campus.
  • Developed training programs for university officers and local small community police.
  • Developed and taught college level courses in Criminal Justice and Security.


Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, Retired
March 1972-December 1996

Captain, commissioned 22 Dec 1971
Active Duty: March 1972-January 1984
Reason for leaving: Reduction in Forces


Assistant Aviation Officer
December 1985- May 1994
(Ground Safety Officer, Training Officer, Training Evaluation Officer, OSHA Officer) Secondary duties.
Headquarters, 122nd ARCOM, Attn: Av., 8000 Camp Robinson Road, N. Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-2205
LTC Anthony Palumbo

Signals Intelligence Officer
December 1982-January 1984
Also served as the Corps Collection Manager temporarily and Imagery Interpretation Section Leader
U.S. Army, III Corps, Company A
303rd Military Intelligence Battalion
Ft. Hood, Texas 76544
LTC Ted Menard

Battalion Intelligence Officer
September 1981-December 1982
Also served as Sports Czar, Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Officer, and Aviator
U.S. Army, 2nd Armored Division, HQ Company, 502nd Combat Aviation Battalion
Fort Hood, Texas 76544
LTC John P. Kennedy

Airfield/Aviation Detachment Commander
May 1980-July 1981
U.S. Army Field Station Augsburg, APO New York 09458
LTC John Fleming

Watch Officer
November 1978- May 1980
(Served as Senior Field Station Watch Officer for 9 months)
U.S. Army, USAINSCOM, HHC, U.S. Army Field Station
Augsburg, APO New York 09458
LTC Peter B. Johnson

Battalion Executive Officer
November 1977- November 1978
U.S. Army, USAINSCOM, 2nd Operations Battalion, U.S. Army Field Station Augsburg, APO New York, 09458
Major Harry G. Riley

November 1973-November 1976
Also served as Assistant Operations Officer and Airfield Security Officer
U.S. Army, Flight Detachment, Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison
Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland 20755
Capt. Bobby Keith


  • Faculty Senate Representative for the Behavioral Sciences Department for two years
  • Curriculum Committee: Educational Policies Sub Committee; Member
  • Curriculum Committee: Program Sub Committee; Member
  • University Advising Committee: Member
  • Department Representative: Capital Campaign for Fort Valley State University 2003
  • Judge and Department Representative for History Day Competitions for High Schools 2002 thru 2013
  • Scholarship Committee Chair and Committee Representative for the B-P-R-B Award given by the department
  • Department Representative for Parents Day, New Student Orientation, and other activity programs
  • Department Representative for Recruiting of New Students interested in Criminal Justice from/with the Athletic Departments and ROTC Department 2002 through 2013 and as requested by the other department representatives to describe our program for these prospective students
  • Judge for Homecoming Float Competition in 2001 to 2013
  • Developed a book for prospective graduates with job/industry/educational specifics for Criminal Justice Students
  • Served as the Committee Representative and Vice Chair responsible for Logistical support activities for the Youth Violence Conference given October 2, 3, 4, 2002; Sept 17 and Oct 26/27, 2004 and 2006


Founding Member of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia and currently the Department’s Representative to the Board of Regents Academic Advising Committee for Criminal Justice.

American Society for Industrial Security: Internationally recognized as the first and largest organization for professional security personnel in all fields of law enforcement, government, business, and education. The organization provides on going training, regulation and credentialing for all security professionals.

The American College of Forensic Examiners International accepted my credentials and granted membership status in 2003. This is the international governing body of educational information concerning the variety of fields covered by the Forensic Sciences. I was accepted as a Level III (Expert) Witness/Examiner in the field of Homeland Security. This status is gained through a combination of education, training, and experience. During 2005 and 2006, I participated in advanced studies, readings, and activities. After several testing’s, I received the subsequent level ratings of IV and V and the Top Achiever Award. These are currently the highest ratings given to persons practicing in the area of Homeland Security industry wide. I currently maintain my level V certification.

Founding member of the American Board of Intelligence Analysts (ABIA). I have participated in the development of the Certifications that will allow a person to become certified within this area. We are currently awaiting finalization of the materials which will be forwarded to NIST for review and approval.

Treasurer, Middle Georgia Military Officers Association of America: As a Lieutenant Colonel retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, a great deal of my experience within the field of intelligence, both strategic and tactical, and in the field of aviation came from my service to the country. This organization, that represents all officers both active and retired, is devoted to presenting the military in Washington and political circles.

Army Aviation Association of America: Represents the Aviation community from the Army nationally and politically. This organization is dedicated to Army/military flight operations, primarily, but supports the work of the other flight oriented organizations and the Homeland Security Office.


Primary coordinator and recruiter for the Criminal Justice Program with Department of Corrections, outside governmental, and other law enforcement agencies in the Central Georgia Area.

Wrote major portions of the Program’s required evaluation report

Wrote and submitted the external site requirements for Board of Regents approval for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center classes

Served as the Criminal Justice Co-coordinator for the Criminal Justice On-line Program Franchise for FVSU and was involved in the development and implementation process of the Prior Learning Assessment program.


Eight individual grants applied for thus far. Also applied for four stimulus package grants.

I was listed as an Evaluator on a grant for Dr. Dwayne Daniels that was funded by the National Science Foundation. The project obtained a Gas Chromatograph – Mass Spectrometer that can be used in both the Science Department and in the Forensics Class.

While serving as Director of Public Safety at Arkansas Tech University, I secured a $100,000 grant for communications equipment and cooperative development with Arkansas Nuclear One.


I have participated in discussions on law enforcement and personal safety at community schools and made presentations to 6th, 11th, and 12th graders concerning the Law Enforcement profession and job opportunities available in Macon, Fort Valley, and Warner Robins.

I actively sought the cooperation of the Magnet school in Macon to attach their Law Academy program to our Criminal Justice Program.

I have assisted the American Association of University Women in their activities and annual book sale and drive.

I have actively participated in the Warner Robins Little Theatre (as my teaching assignments would allow) and starred in the production of “Taking Leave” in 2005.

I am a former member of the Board of Directors for the Perry Players. In addition to acting in several productions, I directed the “Lion In Winter” in 2009 “ Play It Again, Sam” during the 2010 season and just completed a production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”, all to excellent reviews.


Awarded the President’s Summer Research Stipend for 2003 for research into the topic of adequacy of training for Police Officers in the Middle Georgia Area for dealing with Juvenile Justice related issues.

I worked with Georgia State University on requirements for High School Small Unit Learning Academies. I was selected to write the Advanced Private Security Curriculum for Georgia High School Academies that will be nationally accepted after the pilot program is completed.

Research of internet web sites with special emphasis on the current course requirements for FVSU. I am also continuing my research in the areas of Law Enforcement and Aviation Assets and Weapons of Intelligence. Both have been discussed with publishers who have expressed an interest.

My interest in and study of Domestic and International Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and its effects upon our world continues.

Risk, Reduction, and Recovery: a seminar for business about security, safety, risk management, disaster assessment and recovery is in revision and updating for future presentation to local area businesses or to be used as and extension class for the private security certificate.


May 15, 2011: Awarded a Certificate of Achievement as a Prior Learning Assessor from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, De Paul University

Level III, IV, and V with Top Achiever’s Award from the American College of Forensic Examiners International for Certification in Homeland Security

Faculty Member of the Month for August 2004, Fort Valley State University


  • National Defense Service Medal Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Senior Aviator Badge

Law Enforcement:

  • Basic Certification
  • General Certification
  • Intermediate Certification
  • Advanced Certification
  • Senior Certification
  • Instructor Certification: General Subjects
  • Instructor Certification: Professional Subjects


  • Senior Army Aviator
    Qualifications: Fixed Wing Rotary Wing T-41 Hughes 300 C T-42 OH-58 U-21 UH-1
  • Federal Aviation Administration:
    Commercial Pilot-Single and Multi-engine land and rotary wing aircraft; with instrument ratings in each.

Red Belt First grade in Taekwondo

  • Regional trophies:
    • Style- 1st place, 2nd place
    • Kata or forms- 2nd place
    • Fighting- 1st place


International Social Sciences Review; published book review of Nelson, Lisa S., America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society, published 2012

Salem Press: Twenties in America essay on “William J. Burns,” published April of 2011

Salem Press: Applied Science accepted for publication a 3500+word article entitled: “Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft,” 2-25-2011

Completed evaluation, review and comment on proposed new Introduction to Private Security book, published in 2010

Manuals- Campus Law Enforcement Policies Manual University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Campus Emergency Manual University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Campus Security Regulations Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon Campus Emergency Manual Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon Post Orders Manual St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida

Policies and Procedures Manual- Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR Hospital Emergency/Security Manual Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR Policies and Procedures Manual Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR


Presented two hour program “ A Short History of Intelligence – Collection, Analysis, and Consumers” May 9th, 2014 to the American College of Forensic Examiners – Certified in Homeland Security International Convention at Tucson, Arizona.

Presented paper from myself and co-authors Dr. Murty and Dr. Vyas entitled “Illegal Immigration; Why is it so hard to stop?” to the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta, GA April 27, 2013.

Presented paper entitled “Elementary My Dear Watson; the merest child’s play of deduction”, Using “Sherlock Holmes to teach Criminal Justice” to the Georgia Criminal Justice Association

“The New Three R’s: Risk, Reduction, and Recovery” scalable presentation of one to two days in length that was developed to be given to area businesses and schools in association with Dr. Jerry Mobley. This was scheduled to be given to the teacher’s association in Dublin and was offered as a continuing education class at Warner Robins. A similar presentation was made to the 1st National Bank employees in Little Rock, Ark, Arkansas.

Personal Safety: presentation given to Doctors, Nurses, and other hospital and educational personnel. The presentation is scalable from 1 to 4 hours in length. This was presented over 30 times to staff at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and 1st National Bank employees in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Robbery Prevention and Personal Safety: presentation given to hospital gift shop workers, cafeteria and shop workers, and local area bank personnel at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1st National Bank and at a luncheon meeting of banking executives. The presentation is scalable from 1 to 4 hours in length.