Portrait of Ron BeckerRonald Becker, J.D.

Director and Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Division of Behavioral Sciences
Email: rbecker@chaminade.edu
Phone: (808) 735-4873

Courses

Criminal Justice and Criminology, Underwater Forensic Investigation

Biography

Professor Becker brings years of experience in corrections, criminal investigation, and legal practice to direct the Criminal Justice Program at Chaminade. He served as an educational director for the N. C. Department of Correction from 1972 -1986 and was a criminal investigator for the Mineral County Sheriff’s department from 1976 – 1980. He practiced law from 1982-1991 at the firm of Gish, Radtke and Becker, and before coming to Chaminade was Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Southwest Texas State University from 1991-2002. He has authored several textbooks and numerous articles on various topics of crime scene investigation. Professor Becker’s area of specialization is underwater forensic investigation.

Academic Degrees

J.D. – Saint Mary’s University
M.Ed. – Texas A&M University
B.Sc. – Sam Houston State University

Memberships

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Society of Criminal and Police Psychologists
  • International Association of Nitro and Technical Divers
  • National Academy of Police Divers
  • Public Safety Divers Association

Selected Publications

Becker, R. (2006). Underwater Forensic Investigation. New Jersey: Prentice Hall

Becker, R. (1999). Laboratory Manual for Criminal Investigation. Springfield: Charles Thomas, Publishing Co.

Becker, R. (1999). Instructor’s Manual for Criminal Investigation. Springfield: Charles Thomas, Publishing Co.

Becker, R. (1999). Criminal Investigation. Springfield: Charles Thomas, Publishing Co. (Now 3rd edition, Boston: Jones and Bartlett)

Becker, R. (1996). Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony Handbook. Springfield: Charles Thomas, Publishing Co.

Becker, R. (1995). The Underwater Crime Scene. Springfield: Charles Thomas, Publishing Co.