Professor Alan Johnson, J.D. is the Director of the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs, having begun teaching courses at Marian in 2004 and becoming a full-time faculty member in 2014. A retired Milwaukee Police Lieutenant with 26 years of service, he enjoys using his real-world experience to explain the criminal justice system in ways that make the theoretical and practical work together. He believes students understand lessons and apply them to their professional exploits better if they understand the nuances and reasons behind their actions. Having attended a technical college himself and transferring to Marquette University to complete his degree in Criminal Justice and his law degree, Johnson has a strong understanding of the challenges students face in balancing their personal lives, families, education, and employment. He assists students with their journey as a student advisor and mentor.