Assistant Professor in the Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies Department at Lewis University, Romeoville Ill.
Another 25-year veteran of public service in the law enforcement community, Dr. Tovar began her career as a street patrol officer and rose to the rank of commander with the Elk Grove Village Police Department near Chicago, IL. She holds both a master's and doctoral degree in Adult Continuing Education with a focus on human resource development from Northern Illinois University and has traveled the world to speak and educate about emerging law enforcement trends and topics. In addition to her teaching duties at Lewis University in the areas of juvenile justice, domestic violence and leadership, Dr. Tovar continues to consult with police departments and other public safety agencies on matters of criminal and social justice, human resource development, leadership education and vicarious traumatization of first responders. Dr. Tovar recently attended the fourth FBI symposium on the Beyond Survival Toward Officer Wellness (BeSTOW) project, which provides training and resources to employees to assist them in developing their own emotional-spiritual wellness practices.
- Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 2002
- M.S., Northern Illinois University, 1998
- B.S., Southern Illinois University, 1980