James F. Cerven Jr

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Administration of Justice Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8924
 Location: MAR 109
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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 109 Substantive Criminal Law, AJS 123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice, AJS 200 Current Issues in Criminal Justice, AJS 201 Rules of Evidence,  AJS 260 Procedural Criminal Law, AJS 275 Criminal Investigation and AJS 290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar. He was formally recognized as a peer mentor by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in November of 2011 and 2013. In 2013 he received the NISOD award for excellence in teaching.

College Service 
2017, Faculty Staffing Committee
2012 to Present, E 2 Student Mentor
2010 to Present, Co-instructor Administration of Justice Study Hall
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
Arizona Justice Educators Association
Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
AJS101 View class details for Introduction to Criminal Justice (AJS101)Introduction to Criminal Justice SPR19 MWF 9:00am - 10:40am
MAR 18 - MAY 10
AJS123 View class details for Ethics and the Administration of Justice (AJS123)Ethics and the Administration of Justice SPR19 T 1:00pm - 3:40pm
JAN 15 - MAY 10
AJS201 View class details for Rules of Evidence (AJS201)Rules of Evidence SPR19 MWF 11:00am - 12:40pm
MAR 18 - MAY 10
AJS260 View class details for Procedural Criminal Law (AJS260)Procedural Criminal Law SPR19 MWF 9:00am - 10:40am
JAN 14 - MAR 8