Dean of the School of International Program
& Professor of Criminal Justice & Sociology
Dr. Joseph P. Linskey was appointed Dean of the School of International Programs (SIP) in September of 2009. In this position he provides a vision for the Office as it works to broaden the internationalization experience within the University. He leads the SIP team in the development, maintenance and administration of international programs, including international student recruitment, International Student Services, English as a Second Language, Study Abroad, and student and faculty exchange programs. He guides the development of new exchange partnerships and study abroad program relationships, and provides transitional academic advising to exchange and degree-seeking students. He assists faculty and staff in incorporating international and cross-cultural perspectives into their disciplines, and oversees the administration and interpretation of USCIS (Immigration) regulations for the University.
Dr. Linskey joined the Centenary faculty in January of 1999 when he founded and developed the Criminal Justice Studies Program. In 2003 he founded and developed the Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration Program.
Dr. Linskey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison State College, a Master of Arts degree in Education from Seton Hall University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University. Research and areas of study have focused on leadership, management, and community policing. The doctoral dissertation was the development of a Leadership Curriculum for Newly Promoted Police Sergeants. Dr. Linskey is a Certified Law Enforcement Planner, and has written and published in the topical areas of leadership, supervision, community policing, and traffic accident investigation.
Dr. Linskey previously served as an adjunct professor at Caldwell College, and Raritan Valley Community College, and for two summer sessions at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea. He is a founding instructor of the Somerset County Police Academy and the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute, as well as the facilitator of seminars on a variety of leadership and law enforcement topics, and a guest speaker at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, and Hoseo University, Korea. Dr. Linskey is a consultant in police management and training, and a member of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators, where he previously served as President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Prior to joining Centenary, Dr. Linskey had a distinguished career in law enforcement, serving 24 years with the Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. The police career provided experience in patrol, traffic, investigations, and administration, and service as commander of all three divisions of the department; serving as Operations Commander and second in command to the chief of police prior to retirement. Concurrently were ten years of service as a hostage negotiator with the Somerset County Emergency Response Team.
Dr. Linskey was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after four years of service as a law enforcement specialist during the Vietnam War, with service at Griffiss AFB, NY and Osan AB, Korea.