Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Program
Office: PC 1205
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Experience
- Professional Societies
My name is Jerry Clark. I hold a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminology. My background includes 27 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). I have extensive experience in public-safety leadership, complex investigations, special weapons and tactics, threat and risk evaluation, law enforcement intelligenceand interviewing techniques. Prior to my retirement from the FBI in June 2011, I was the senior investigator on major crimes for the FBI’s Erie Resident Agency, part of the Bureau’s Pittsburgh Division. In that capacity, I was the lead investigator on “Collar Bomb,” FBI Major Case #203, also known as the “Pizza Bomber” case – one of only a select number of Major Cases in the FBI’s history. I am the co-author, with Erie Times-News investigative reporter Ed Palattella, of “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery,” which was published by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin USA, on Nov. 6, 2012. I have optioned the story for a movie based on the case investigation and am currently consulting with producers on the project. My co-author and I recently released our second book "A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America" published by Rowman & Littlefield on July 16, 2015.
On the personal side, I am a married father of two children and reside in Erie. I am an avid sports fan and enjoy running, biking, and golfing. I love to read, specifically about psychology and criminal behavior and have with my co-author begun writing our third book. I really enjoy teaching and attempt to incorporate academics with the "real life" practical knowledge and experience I have gained in my law enforcement career and provide that unique combination to students in the classroom setting.