Adjunct, School of Public and Global Affairs

Robert Ritchie

Robert Ritchie



  • Psychology of Terrorism
  • Current Issues in Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Counterterrorism Strategies and Terrorism Issues and Awareness


  • Criminology
  • Sociology


  • PhD, California University of Pennsylvania

Academic Profile

Dr. Ritchie has been a member of the Philadelphia Police Department since 1996 and currently holds the rank of Inspector. Dr. Ritchie is the recipient of numerous departmental commendations, including one for Bravery and another for Heroism. In 2001, Dr. Ritchie was the recipient of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Senate Award for Bravery. In 2012, Dr. Ritchie was the recipient of the Citizens Crime Commission Award for Heroism.

Dr. Ritchie earned an Associate of Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration, a Master of Science in Emergency Management Administration, a Master of Science in Homeland Security, and a Doctorate in Criminal Justice. Dr. Ritchie earned two post-graduate certificates:  Global Security and Terrorism Studies; and School Security & Safety Administration.

Dr. Ritchie is a graduate of class #297 of the School of Police Staff & Command at Northwestern University, where he served as class Vice-President. Upon graduation from Northwestern University, Dr. Ritchie was awarded the prestigious Franklin Kreml Award. Dr. Ritchie is also a graduate of the Police Supervisory In-Service Training Program (POSIT) and the Advanced Police Executive Development Training Program (POLEX) at Pennsylvania State University.

In cooperation with fellow members of Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Dr. Ritchie developed the Executive Leadership Program for Public Safety Personnel, which began in February 2012 at the School of Administrative Science. Dr. Ritchie has been an Adjunct Instructor at Fairleigh-Dickinson University since 2009. Dr. Ritchie teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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