(John) Harrison Watts is from Vernon, Texas where he served in numerous law enforcement roles to include: Detention Officer, Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Inspector General and Deputy Constable. He holds the Master Peace Officer License in Texas and is a reserve officer with the City of Crandall, TX. Moreover, he is a veteran of the United States Army and currently serves in the Texas State Guard as a Professional Development Officer assigned to the Headquarters, Headquarters Company at Camp Mabry, Texas. After a decorated law enforcement career, he started teaching and has held faculty appointments at Vernon College (TX), Cameron University, (OK), Washburn University (KS) and currently holds a full professorship of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Watts has an interesting formal educational background earning nine different college degrees from eight different institutions. His first degree was the AAS in Farm & Ranch Management from Vernon College. His undergraduate degree was earned in criminal justice from MSU-Texas. He followed that up with a MA in Public Management from MSU-Texas. He also has a graduate degree in History & Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, an MBA from the University of the Southwest, a MS in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University, a Master of Arts in Law from Regent University School of Law, a Master of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University, School of Law and a PhD from NCU. Over the course of 20 years of teaching criminal justice, he has seen quite a bit of changes.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Watt's research interests are in the areas of law, policing, business and management and mediation.
He lives in San Antonio, Texas and spends his time outdoors in the rivers, on the lakes, and with his family.