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Faculty Profiles

Ivan Michael Kaminsky, MEd, MS

Adjunct online faculty, Criminal Justice

Chandler, AZ

Homicide Detective. Boy Scout Leader. Lifelong learner.

  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University (2003)
  • MS, Criminal Justice, CTU (2013)
  • BA, History Arizona State University (1992)

I have been a police officer in Arizona since 1995, working as a robbery/homicide detective since 2001.   As such I have trained with the Los Angeles Sheriff and Police Departments, the DEA, the ATF, Phoenix PD, the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.  I have been case agent on dozens of homicide investigations, have trial experience and have led hundreds of other death and robbery investigations.  I have provided trainings at the state police academy in Arizona and local agencies as well as presented a case study at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 2013 annual conference. I am an associate member of the AAFS, a member of the Arizona Homicide Investigators’ Association and serve on the Maricopa County Victim’s Compensation Board. 

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Criminal Justice     

  • Why are YOU IN?

    The longer I live life and work as a detective the more I realize the great variety and opportunities before me.   Personally and professionally, I believe that learning is exercise of the mind and a practice of professionalism.  Bob Mowad once said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot”.  When I decided to pursue a second Masters’ degree, I chose CTU because I knew it would challenge me and help me learn – I wanted to get something out of my degree besides some letters behind my name.

  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    I have a belief that in the end, Good Always Wins.   Maintaining a positive attitude and having a belief in God helps me professionally and personally.  

  • Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

    Executive Board President, Praise & Worship Center, Chandler AZ, elected January 2013.  Multi-denominational Christian church with a membership of approximately 500.

    Boy Scouts of America (Cub Scout Pack 524) Outdoor Coordinator – lead hiking and camping trips.

  • Speaking Engagements
    • February 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences, national conference in Washington, D.C.           “Suicide or Homicide?   Shotgun found 21.5 feet away from victim”
  • Awards or achievements
    • Medal of Honor, Chandler PD (1999). Displayed extraordinary heroism in the line of duty.
    • Law Enforcement Commendation Award, Sons of the American Revolution (2002). Recognition of excellence service of the community through law enforcement  profession in support of patriotism, freedom and citizenship
    • Adjunct Faculty of the Year, Administration of Justice Studies, Mesa Community College (2005)
    • Honorable mention (2009) Faculty Excellence Awards Program, Colorado Technical University.
  • Professional memberships
    • Maricopa County Victims’ Compensation Board, elected to 3 year term effective July 2008, reappointed for another 3 year term in July 2011:  LE representative to review applications for monetary compensation for crime victims.
    • Arizona Homicide Investigator’s Association (2001 – present)
    • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (February 2013 – present)