Associate Professor, Justice Law and Public Safety Studies
Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 2002
M.S., Northern Illinois University, 1998
B.S., Southern Illinois University, 1980
Law Enforcement, Street Patrol, Criminal and Youth Investigations of Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, Police Officer Traumatization, Leadership, Human Resource Development, Adult learning, Crime Fighting
Kappa Delta Pi- An International Honor Society in Education, Academy of Human Resource Development, International Association of Women Police, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Fraternal Order of Police
Presented internationally and nationally on law enforcement topics in China, Finland, Illinois, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Texas, Washington, Ohio, Arizona, and Michigan:
“First Responder Terrorism Preparedness and Organizational Learning: A Study of Law Enforcement in the Chicago Area.”
“Career Pathing: Hire for Excellence.”
“Public Safety Officers: Learning How to Learn.”
“Learning How to Learn: Implications for Non Traditional Adult Students.”
“Learning How to Learn in the Criminal Justice Curriculum.”
“Vicarious Traumatization: The Impact of Repeat Exposure to Law Enforcement Officers.”
Tovar, L. A. (2015, February). Smart teens, safe teens: Respecting your body, mind and spirit in today’s technology world. 29th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference, Irving TX.
Tovar, L. A. (2015, March). Graduate education: A qualitative study of discovery toward distinctive criminal justice quality education. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) international conference, Orlando, FL.
“Text Control: examining the influence of digital evidence on the investigation and prosecution of domestic abuse” at the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, 36th Annual Meeting/Conference, in Chicago in September 2013.
“The Influence of Digital Technology and the Cycle of Domestic Abuse,” presented at the Regional Midwest Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Oct. 2009 in Chicago.
“Vicarious Trauma and the Affects on Law Enforcement Officers,” presented at the National Academy of Criminal Justice of Sciences at San Diego California Feb. 23-27, 2009
“Every Move You Make: The Impact of Technology on Domestic Violence,” co-presented with Dr. Tracey Nicholls at the International Conference on “End Violence Against Women” held April 19-21, 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.