Meet Craig Laker

Trine University - Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
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Craig Laker

Professor Laker trains students (and his dog).

B.S., M.P.A., M.A. Indiana University

As the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, I am honored to carry on the proud tradition of excellence in the Graduate Program and the School of Professional Studies. Prior to accepting this position, I was the Dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences, and was chair and a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology & Social Sciences where I worked to create an award-winning criminal justice program. My experience in probation, corrections and law enforcement has led to a program grounded in theory and practical applications. Courses I teach include institutional corrections, criminal justice administration, and the always-popular serial killers.

For seventeen years I have coached the Trine American Criminal Justice Association chapter's handgun competition and crime scene teams to numerous regional and national titles.

After teaching at Concordia University, University of Cincinnati and Indiana University, I know the academic advising, class size, instructor interaction and campus life make Trine special! A Fort Wayne native, I live in Auburn with my three daughters, Alexandria, Elizabeth, and Emma. Last year, Peyton Manning, a chocolate lab, joined our family! He has become a wonderful athlete and great family member. I also enjoy water sports, home projects and crime novels.