Assistant Professor in the Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies Department at Lewis University, Romeoville Ill.


Dr. Tovar's area of teaching expertise is in domestic violence, juvenile justice, human resources, leadership and research. She also was the leading principle developer of the online Public Safety Administration master's degree program. She is a 25-year veteran of law enforcement retiring as a Commander with the Elk Grove Village Police Department, a law enforcement agency in the Chicago area. A career law enforcement professional, Lynn has been involved in street patrol, criminal, and youth investigations with a specialization of child sexual abuse and domestic violence. As a supervisor, she oversaw the Youth Investigation/Crime Prevention Division, Field Training Division, K-9, Bike Patrol and Tactical Unit. Lynn has presented internationally and nationally on law enforcement topics in China, Finland, Illinois, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Texas, Washington, Ohio, Arizona and Michigan. She has been published in both law enforcement and human resource development journals. In addition to her work at Lewis University she teaches at the prestigious School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and continues to consult on matters of criminal and social justice, human resource development, leadership education and vicarious traumatization to first responders. Lynn received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois, and holds a Master's and a Doctoral degree in Adult Continuing Education with a focus in Human Resource Development from Northern Illinois University.



  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 2002
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University, 1998
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University, 1980