BRADFORD – Dr. Tony Gaskew, Professor of Criminal Justice, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
“I look forward to working with all faculties, staff and students to improve our current academic curricula and develop new and innovative academic programs,” said Gaskew. “We have a rich pool of talented educators, so many exciting times should be ahead.”
In his role as Associate Dean, Gaskew will provide leadership on all curriculum-related matters, including course planning and instructors, curriculum adherence, course evaluation, program breakdown and review, and course development .
Gaskew has been a faculty member at Pitt-Bradford since 2006 and has established himself as one of the best scholars in the country in the criminal justice field. He is a Fulbright Hays scholar and has conducted critical ethnographic research in Africa and the Palestinian Territories.
He created one of the first crime scene investigators in the nation in Pitt-Bradford in 2008. The CSI House continues to serve as a training center for local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies across the country.
Gaskew is also the founding director of the nationally recognized Pitt-Bradford Prison Education Program, which launched post-secondary initiatives at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean and the State Correctional Institution Forest. In 2016, he was one of only 10 educators from across the country invited to the White House to serve on a criminal justice committee under President Obama’s administration.
He is a prolific writer and has authored more than 40 publications, including three books. His most recent book, Stop Fixing the Police: Lessons from the Fronts of Black Liberation, examines the phenomenon of police abolition from the perspective of the black radical tradition. He is the editor of the Critical Perspectives on Race, Crime and Justice book series.
As a faculty member in Africana Studies and a critical racial theorist, he is a sought-after guest speaker and invited panelist. He was recently honored for his work as a lecturer in the establishment of a University of Pittsburgh freshmen course in all Pittsburgh locations, Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology and Resistance. In the fall semester of 2021, more than 5,000 students were enrolled in the course.
As a former director of the criminal justice program, he held a variety of senior positions and chaired numerous committees during his tenure. He is currently the Faculty of Athletics Representative for the NCAA and a member of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.
Prior to joining Pitt-Bradford, he spent 20 years in law enforcement, serving as a member of the Miami Police Department’s Special Operations Unit and the Department of Justice’s Drugs Enforcement Task Force.
Gaskew is a graduate of the Leadership Academy for Department Chairs and the Emerging Leaders Program, both of which are designed to prepare the next generation of college administrators. He holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis, a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Behavioral Science from Barry University.