Dr. Steven C. Gerding

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Assistant Dean, School of Business & Social Sciences

Office: GATE, 310

Phone: 732.255.0400 Ext. 2548


Dr. Steven C. Gerding


On October 1, 2011, after 29 years of service, Steven retired as a Lieutenant from the Toms River Police Department, having received over 40 awards, letters, and decorations, including the VFW Police Officer of the Year Award, for service to the Township of Toms River.  In that capacity he functioned as a Patrol Division Watch Commander, Department Training Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator, Emergency Services Unit Assistant Commander, and temporary assignments in the Detective Bureau, as well as a variety of other duties to the Department of over 250 members.  As the Watch Commander, Steven was the initial point of contact to the media regarding critical breaking information.  He was also involved in developing a number of programs that significantly impacted the organizational culture of the department such as the Field Training Officer Program and associated train-the-trainer curricula, the Performance Appraisal Program, the tactical standards for dealing with hostage situations, critical incident management policy, and critical infrastructure vulnerability assessments.  Steven was also a Networks Officer (similar to DARE), teaching fifth grade drug and alcohol prevention curriculum for 10 years.


On May 1, 2011, Steven also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve after 30 years of service, having received over 20 awards and decorations, including the Reserve Officer of the Year Award.  In that role, he served as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations with federal law enforcement credentials holding a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.  Steven initially enlisted as an airman in the New Jersey Air National Guard where he started as a Security Policeman, was later commissioned as an Intelligence Officer, and ultimately was selected for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in the reserves.  On November 1, 2007, Steven successfully defended his doctoral dissertation for the degree of Ph.D.  His dissertation focus was An Analysis of the Relationship Between Higher Education and Police Misconduct in the New Jersey State Police.


In his career in the Air Force, Steven has had many diverse assignments as well.  For example, he has held leadership roles at the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA) in Linthicum, Maryland and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.  While mobilized after 9-11 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, Steven was the Detachment Commander in The Republic of Tajikistan in support of the counterintelligence for force protection mission.  There, he worked with foreign government officials up to the cabinet level, non-government officials, foreign nationals, diverse military forces from numerous countries, as well as U.S. embassy personnel, both military and civilian.  These interactions in the counterintelligence arena required the highest level of security for all classified information and investigations.  Upon returning from overseas, Steven was assigned as a Team Chief at the Global Terrorism Watch, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.  There he synthesized all incoming information of terrorism related activity worldwide with the daily Presidential threat brief and organized, prepared, and delivered briefings to the appropriate levels of command.  Steven was subsequently selected by the Commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to be the command representative at the Air Force Crisis Action Team, the Pentagon.  In that capacity, he provided daily briefings to general officers on counterintelligence, anti-terrorism, and force protection initiatives from the first day of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Steven was also the command’s representative for the Air Force Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for potential attacks to the National Capital Region.  He was ultimately tasked to write the Continuity of Operations and Management Plan for the transition to stand down the Crisis Action Team.  “A true leader, he performed four different positions in four different locations while mobilized” (USAF Meritorious Service Medal, January 8, 2005).


Steven has been teaching at the college and police academy levels for over 25 years.  He is currently the Assistant Dean in the School of Business and Social Sciences at Ocean County College, where, in addition to his many administrative responsibilities, he continues to teach on a limited basis in the Criminal Justice and Business programs.  He started his teaching in higher education in 2007 as an adjunct professor for both Ocean County College and The College of New Jersey, where he continues to teach courses in the Department of Criminology focusing on policing and terrorism.


Steven received an Associate in Science Degree from Ocean County College, majoring in Criminal Justice; a Bachelor of Science Degree from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey), majoring in Criminal Justice, double minoring in Psychology and Sociology, a Law and Justice Alumni Chapter Award winner; a Master of Arts Degree from Seton Hall University, majoring in Education Administration and Supervision and Kappa Delta Pi inductee; a Certification from Seton Hall University in Leadership and Management: and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Seton Hall University, majoring in Higher Education.  Steven is also a graduate of the USAF Air University, Air Command and Staff College.


Teaching Schedule

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BUSN 220 Career Management and Professional Behavior

Police Organization and Administration
CRIM 152 Introduction to Law Enforcement
HLSC 170 Homeland Security
HLSC 172 Domestic and International Terrorism


Domestic Violence – Basic Police Training Course

Methods of Instruction – Advanced Police Training Course to certify police instructors


Domestic Violence

Use of Force

Vehicular Pursuit

Racially-Influenced Policing

Hostage Survival

Riot Control

Police Tactics

PR-24 Side Handle Baton

Supervisor / Field Training Officer Program




Communication Skills

Performance Appraisal



Internal Affairs for Supervisors

Field Training Officer Program

Supervisor / Field Training Officer Development

Advanced Agency Training

Family Orientation Program

Performance Appraisal Program

Psychological Survival

An Introduction to Terrorism and Homeland Security in America

How to Interact with the Police: A Citizen’s Guide to Positive Police-Community Relations


Ph.D. Seton Hall University
M.A. Seton Hall University
B.S. The College of New Jersey
A.S. Ocean County College
Certificate in Leadership & Management - Seton Hall University



Gerding, S. C. (2008). An analysis of the relationship between higher education and police           misconduct in the New Jersey State Police. Doctoral dissertation, Seton Hall     University, South Orange, NJ.

Gerding, S. C. (2004, September/October). Borne leadership: Straight out of the gate. Global           Reliance, 30 (5).

Gerding, S. C. (1998, August 21). OSI warns McGuire of photography scam. Airtides, p. 12.

Gerding, S. C. (1994) Field training officer program (three books). Toms River Police Department, Toms River, NJ.