Sheldon Goodrum

Sheldon Goodrum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Dana Hall, Room 12
Phone: 419-783-2449

Prior to coming to Defiance College, Goodrum worked as an Ohio State Trooper for 25 years. In addition to maintaining law enforcement duties, he served as a field training officer, CPR / AED instructor, emergency response plans coordinator, and domestic violence liaison. As an adjunct instructor at Tiffin University and ITT Technical Institute, he has taught a wide range of undergraduate criminal justice classes. In the Ohio Army National Guard, he served in a number of leadership positions and was responsible for the development, presentation, and evaluation of a myriad of training courses and practical exercises.

Ph.D., Public Safety with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Capella University
M.S., Criminal Justice, Tiffin University
B.A., Psychology, University of Toledo 

Professional Involvement
Member of Defiance County Community Corrections Planning Board
Member of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio Advisory Board
Member of Detectives of Defiance
Member of Defiance College Criminal Justice Society
Faculty Advisor to Defiance College Football team
Criminal Justice Subject Matter Expert at ITT-Technical Institute 


FEMA Emergency Management Courses
"Workplace Violence Awareness," 2015
"Active Shooter: What You Can Do," 2015
"Leadership and Influence," 2007
"Emergency Planning," 2007
"Emergency Response to Terrorism," 2006
"Principles of Emergency Management," 2006
"Role of the Emergency Operations Center in Community Preparedness, Response, and Recovery," 2006 

Police Instructors Course , 2007
North Coast Polytechnic Institute, North Ridgeville, OH
Hosted by Independence, Ohio Police Department

Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing, 2005
New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
Hosted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol

"Staying Positive during Times of Uncertainty," Pathstone Corporation, Bowling Green, OH, June 15, 2015   

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Law
  • Police-Community Relations
  • Institutional Corrections
  • Corrections
  • Delinquency Prevention and Control
  • Field Experience (lower level)
  • Field Experience (upper level)
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Counterintelligence / Counter Terrorism
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Emergency Organizations and Management
  • Covert Action & Intelligence
  • Essentials of Security
  • Policing
  • Crime Analysis
  • Issues in Law Enforcement