Biography"There is nothing I know of that can make as significant a difference in a person’s future as earning a college degree."
Robert E. Jackson is an Instructor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He is the Core Faculty for the Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Degree. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University, a Bachelor of Science in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University, and an Associate of Science in Law Enforcement from Bellevue Community College. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has completed considerable graduate coursework in criminal justice, law enforcement, and sociology through Washington State University and University of Virginia. He has taught for Ashford University since 2009.
Mr. Jackson is a security and law enforcement professional with over three decades experience. He spent 27 years with US Air Force, splitting his time equally between higher headquarters and front line units before retiring as a Colonel. He was active in the country’s fight against terrorism responsible for antiterrorism in Southwest Asia and then the Pacific. He was responsible for implementing Presidential Decision Directive 63 in the Pacific protecting Critical Infrastructure from terrorist attacks. After that, he worked for three years with the Transportation Security Administration as the Federal Security Director at Portland International Airport. He served as a Chief of Police on three occasions, in departments ranging from 120 to over 600 people, and has a wide range of knowledge of varying aspects of homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, antiterrorism, counterterrorism, and disaster response and recovery.
Mr. Jackson joined Ashford’s faculty because he was “simply not ready to retire.” He developed several Master level courses on policy and terrorism and undergraduate courses in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In addition, he helped redesign the juvenile justice and crime prevention courses and assisted in editing the criminal justice capstone course text. Jackson says, “There is nothing I know of that can make as significant a difference in a person’s future as earning a college degree. An Associate’s degree will present some opportunities, a Bachelor’s degree will provide additional opportunities, and a Master’s degree will help make dreams a reality.” Mr. Jackson now resides in Seattle, WA with his wife of over forty years, Denise. The couple loves being close to their children and grandchildren and doing lots of volunteer work for people in the Greenwood area of the city.