Gerald C. Clark

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Program
Phone: 814-871-7121
Office: PC 1205
clark120@gannon.edu

  • Accreditations
  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research

Accreditations

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Certification. 
  • FBI Cincinnati Division S.W.A.T. Team from 1999 to 2001
  • Street Survival / Violent Crimes Task Force Certification. 
  • Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Basic Training - FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia
  • Graduate of the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Basic Training - FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia
  • Graduate of the Federal Criminal Investigator Training Program, - Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick GA
  • Licensed Private Investigator - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - #MD154 of 2012
     

Biography

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.     

Courses Taught

  • CRJS 110 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 202 - Police Function
  • CRJS 212 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • CRJS 336 - Introduction to Terrorism
  • CRJS 310 - Investigative Concepts
  • CRJS 320 - Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CRJS 345 - Digital and Computer Evidence
  • CRJS 108 - Freshman Seminar for Criminal Justice 
  • CRJS 490 - Criminal Justice Internship Program

Educational History

  • Capella University - Minneapolis, MN. - Ph.D. - Public Service Leadership and Criminology
  • C.U.N.Y. John Jay College of Criminal Justice - New York, NY. - M.A. - Forensic Psychology
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania - Edinboro, PA. - B.A. - Psychology

 

Professional Experience

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation - Special Agent
  • Drug Enforcement Administration - Special Agent
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service - Special Agent
  • McManis and Monsalve Associates - Director of Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • Erie County Adult Parole and Probation - Parole Officer
  • New York Commodities Exchange Center - Compliance Investigator
  • Hamot Medical Center - Forensic Behavioral Health Therapist

 

Professional Societies

  • Member of the FBI Society of Fomer Special Agents
  • Member of the Alpha Phi Sigma The National Criminal Justice Honors Society
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology

Publications

  • "A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America" published by Rowman & Littlefield, on July 16, 2015
  • "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" published by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin USA, on Nov. 6, 2012.
  • Competence to Stand Trial: An Analysis of Intellectual Functioning and Psychiatric Diagnosis”. Doctoral dissertation  published July 2012.

Scholarship/Research

Selected Presentations:

  • Insurance Club of Erie County - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - January 21, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • The Women’s Club of Erie - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - February 25, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • General Electric Retired Employees - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation March 25, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • FBI Pittsburgh Division All Employee Conference - Life After Retirement From the FBI Presentation - March 26, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ameriprise Financial Customer Appreciation - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - September 21, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Regional Association of Bomb Tech Examiners - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - October 8, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Lifeworks Erie - "A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America" presentation - October 14, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Blasco Liberary Author's Discussion - "A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America" presentation - November 19, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania