James F. Cerven Jr

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Administration of Justice Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8924
 Location: MAR 109
12:00 pm-12:00 pm
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
12:45 pm-3:00 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
Tuesdays Office Hours in Ocotillo Hall Room151 Wednesday Office Hours in Ocotillo 116 from 12:45PM to 2:00PM. Wednesday Office Hours Part 2 In Ocotillo Hall Room 151 from 2:15PM to 300PM. Feel free to stop by the office at other times or you can make an appointment. Tuesday 4PM-6PM AJS Evening Supervisor Office Hours


B.S. Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
M.A. Criminal Justice
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

Jim is currently the Program Director for Administration of Justice Studies at Estrella Mountain Community College teaching for the Program since 2007. He retired from the New York City Police Department in 2005 after 23 years of service in the rank of Detective Sergeant. He was assigned to the Organized Crime Investigation Division and has extensive investigative experience in upper level drug trafficking and violent drug gang investigations. He has testified as an expert witness in both federal and state court. He was a first responder to the World Trade Center terrorist attack on 9-11 and subsequently worked on the rescue and recovery effort. Jim teaches AJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AJS 123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice, AJS 201 Rules of Evidence, AJS 205 Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice, AJS 230 The Police Function, AJS 260 Procedural Criminal Law and AJS 275 Criminal Investigation. He was formally recognized as a student mentor by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in November of 2011 and 2013. 

College Service 
2017 to Present, Faculty Staffing Committee
2010 to Present, Facilitator, Administration of Justice Study Hall
2017-2021, 2022-2023 Faculty Peer Mentor
2017-2018, Occupational Education Faculty Senate Rep
2012 to 2018, E 2 Student Mentor
2012 to 2016, Behavioral Intervention Team
2010 to 2016, Co-advisor Administration of Justice Studies Student Club
2010-2011-co-chair Criterion Team One
District Service 
2011-Present, Administration of Justice Instructional Council
2011-2017, Administration of Justice Articulation Task Force Lead.
2014-2015, Chair, Administration of Justice Instructional Council
2009-2021, Arizona Justice Educators Association
Awards and Recognitions 

 2013 NISOD award for excellence in teaching.

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
AJS260 View class details for Procedural Criminal Law (AJS260)Procedural Criminal Law SUM22 MAY 31 - JUN 30
AJS201 View class details for Rules of Evidence (AJS201)Rules of Evidence FAL22 W 10:00am - 12:40pm
AUG 24 - OCT 14
AJS205 View class details for Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice (AJS205)Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice FAL22 OCT 24 - DEC 16
AJS230 View class details for The Police Function (AJS230)The Police Function FAL22 T 1:00pm - 3:40pm
OCT 25 - DEC 16
AJS260 View class details for Procedural Criminal Law (AJS260)Procedural Criminal Law FAL22 W 6:00pm - 8:40pm
OCT 26 - DEC 16
AJS275 View class details for Criminal Investigation I (AJS275)Criminal Investigation I FAL22 W 10:00am - 12:40pm
OCT 26 - DEC 16