Ryan HunterInstructor of Criminal Justice Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts
- Bachelor of Behavioral Science with magna cum laude honors, Criminal Justice with Minors in sociology and psychology, Hardin Simmons University, 2009
- Master of Science, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Capella University, 2014
- Doctor of Criminal Justice, Walden University, current.
Personal and Professional Information
I was employed from January 2010 until August of 2016 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a State Game Warden. During this time I was stationed in the Moore and Sherman counties duty station located in the northern Texas panhandle area. As a State Game Warden, I was a certified Texas State Peace Officer and subsequently have a great deal of experience in the criminal justice field of law enforcement. During my tenure as a Texas Game Warden I was selected by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Texas State Game Warden of the Year in October of 2012. I currently hold Master Peace Officer, Basic Instructor, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). I am also a certified De-Escalation Instructor for licensed Texas Peace Officers. I am currently employed as a Reserve Patrol Officer by the City of Tye (TX) Police Department.
Prior to being employed as a Texas Game Warden I worked as a certified Juvenile Detention Officer at the Taylor County, Texas Juvenile Justice Center from January 2009 until December of 2009. As a certified Juvenile Detention Officer I gained occupational experience in the field of corrections within the criminal justice system.
I currently live in Abilene with my wonderful wife and daughter.
I graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in May of 2009 with magna cum laude honors. My major was criminal justice with a specialty of police science and minors were sociology and psychology.
I graduated with distinction from Capella University with a Master of Science degree in public safety and homeland security studies in April of 2014. My major focus while earning my master’s degree from Capella University was public safety studies which included topics within the criminal justice field such as law enforcement and correctional systems. My minor focus was homeland security and terrorism studies.
I am currently a doctoral student at Walden University seeking a PhD in criminal justice studies.