Faculty - Kenneth Peak
Ken Peak, Ph.D., is a full professor and former chairman (nine years) of the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno. Since beginning his career at UNR in 1983, he has been named "Teacher of the Year" by the University of Nevada, Reno, Honor Society and also served as acting director of public safety. He has authored or coauthored 30 books, including textbooks on introductory criminal justice, justice administration, general American policing, community policing, police supervision and management, and women in law enforcement. Two of his books were historical in nature, on Kansas bootlegging and temperance. He has also published more than 60 journal articles and additional book chapters on a wide range of justice-related subjects. He is past chairman of the Police Section, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and a past president of the Western Association of Criminal Justice. Dr. Peak entered municipal policing in Kansas in 1970 and subsequently held positions as criminal justice planner for southeast Kansas; director of the Four-State Technical Assistance Institute, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (based in Topeka); director of university police, Pittsburg State University; and assistant professor at Wichita State University. He received gubernatorial appointments to two statewide criminal justice committees while residing in Kansas, and holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Kansas.