BiographyProfessor Doerner joined the faculty in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in 1977. He recently retired from there after 40 years of service. Bill also worked for 29 years with the Tallahassee Police Department on a part-time basis as a one-person uniformed patrol unit and certified Field Training Officer.
Dr. Doerner has served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Victim Assistance, was the Founding President of the Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services, and is a past Director of the Program in Criminal Justice at FSU.
He also served as the editor of the "American Journal of Criminal Justice" from 1999 until 2003. The Southern Criminal Justice Association bestowed its "Criminal Justice Educator of the Year Award" on him at its 2001 conference in recognition of his accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. In addition, the American Society of Victimology selected Professor Doerner to be the recipient of its 2009 "John P.J. Dussich Award." This award recognizes a victimologist who has engaged in extensive research and has provided direct services to victims for a substantial period of time.
One of his proudest accomplishments occurred when an article he and his son Will (a Ph.D. in Economics) wrote together regarding police accreditation won recognition as “Outstanding Paper of the Year” in 2013 by the editors at "Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management."
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Professor Doerner has also written a number of articles dealing with crime victims, the police selection process, training, use of force, accreditation, and other law enforcement issues.