Theodore Yeshion

  • Professor
    Criminal Justice Program
  • Program Director
    Criminalistics
  • Professor
    Criminalistics

Dr. Ted Yeshion is Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at Gannon University.  Professor Yeshion earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medical Biology from York College of the City University of New York, a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Science Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.   

Dr. Yeshion began his career in 1975 with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and retired from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 1999.  Upon retirement, he began a private forensic science consulting practice.  Dr. Yeshion has a combined total of 41 years experience as a forensic scientist, crime laboratory director, special agent, and forensic consultant.  He has testified for the prosecution and defense in hundreds of criminal and civil litigation cases as an expert witness in the areas of Forensic Serology, DNA Analysis, and Crime Scene Reconstruction.  One specialty area that has earned Dr. Yeshion an international reputation as a leading forensics expert is the application and interpretation of Luminol as a presumptive test for blood.  Dr. Yeshion has appeared on local and national news and radio stations, including Court TV, Fox News, and Investigation Discovery.  His work was cited during “the trial of the century”, People v. O.J. Simpson.  Professor Yeshion is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of numerous other professional associations.  Dr. Yeshion was appointed and served as Chairman of the Science Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission on Wrongful Convictions.  As a private consultant, Professor Yeshion has assisted in the release of several individuals who were determined to be factually innocent after serving an average of 20 years in prison.  Dr. Yeshion is a noted author of peer-reviewed scientific papers and has lectured internationally.  He also serves on the advisory board for Forensic Teacher magazine.

Educational History

Ph.D., SCIENCE EDUCATION

State University of New York at Buffalo

Dissertation: Students’ Conceptions of Evidence During a University Introductory Forensic Science Course; Dr. Xiufeng Liu, Advisor and Committee Chair

M.S., FORENSIC SCIENCE

The George Washington University; Washington, D.C.

B.S., BIOLOGY (Pre-Medical Program)

York College of the City University of New York; Jamaica, New York

Professional Experience

  • GANNON UNIVERSITY (August 2016 – Present)  Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminalistics
  • EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

                FOUNDING FELLOW of INSTITUTE for FORENSIC SCIENCES (2015-Present)

                PROFESSOR of FORENSIC SCIENCE (August 2014-August 2016)

                     Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice 

                      ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR of FORENSIC SCIENCE (2008-2014)

                           Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice  

                           Tenured 2010

                           Awarded 2013-2014 Faculty Member of the Year             

                      

                       ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of FORENSIC SCIENCE (2005–2008)

                           Political Science and Criminal Justice Department

                          Chemistry Department – Forensic Chemistry

  • CLUEFINDERS, INC.

                    PRESIDENT/ FORENSIC SCIENCE CONSULTANT (1984 – December 2014)

  • STATE OF FLORIDA/DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT (1979-1999)

                       SENIOR FORENSIC SEROLOGIST (1990-1999)

                       BUREAU CHIEF/SPECIAL AGENT (1983-1990)

           CRIME LABORATORY ANALYST SUPERVISOR (1979-1983)

  • NORTH CAROLINA STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (1975-1979)

                    FORENSIC CHEMIST/SPECIAL AGENT   

Professional Societies

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (1975-Present; Fellow)

Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (1976-Present)

Russian Division of the International Association for Identification (Honorary, 2001-Present)

Florida Homicide Investigators Association (Honorary, 1993-Present)

Arizona Homicide Investigators Association (Honorary, 1985-Present)

Florida Division of the International Association for Identification 

            Sciences & Practices Committee/ Technical & Safety Advisor (1996-2000)

Florida Sex Crimes Investigators Association (Technical Advisor, 1993-1999)

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (1984-1990)

 

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (2014-Present)

Listed as “SuperProfessor” on FacultyRow.com (2012-) [member since January 2010]

National Association of Science Teachers (2009-Present)

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (2009-Present)

Society for College Science Teachers (2009-Present)

Alpha Phi Sigma – National Criminal Justice Society (2009-Present)

 

Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals (2007)

Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America (1992)

Who's Who in Law Enforcement (1990)

Who's Who in the South and Southwest (1990)

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