Wayne P. Bergeron, D.Sc.

Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice, Security and Emergency Management,   Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)  

Office: 9 Willingham Hall  Phone: (256) 765-5022  Email: wpbergeron@una.edu   



Dr. Bergeron is a full-time instructor teaching Criminal Justice and Security and Emergency Management. He was an officer in the U.S. Army for 23 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving as the Professor of Military Science and Commander of the UNA Army ROTC program. He served with the Military Police Corps and also within Special Operations Forces (Psychological and Civil Affairs).  He has deployed to, lived/worked in, or visited over 35 countries on 4 continents and served multiple combat tours. Dr. Bergeron developed the Security and Emergency Management program and serves as its program chair. He also serves as a faculty advisor to the UNA Military and Veteran Alliance.


  • Doctor of Science - D.Sc., Emergency Management, Jacksonville State University, 2016
  • Master of Science - M.S., International Relations, Troy State University, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts -  B.A., Government/Political Science, Nicholls State University, 1988
  • Associate of Science - A.S., Criminal Justice, Nicholls State University, 1988

Research Interests:

  • International Relations
  • Terrorism and Transnational Crime
  • Geopolitics
  • School Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Security and Emergency Management
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Development
  • Cultural Considerations and Human Factors
  • Information Operations
  • Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency
  • Military and Veteran Affairs


Bergeron, W. (2012). “Cultural Considerations in Consequence Management and Emergency Response”, invited book chapter Managing the Consequences of Terrorist Acts – Efficiency and Coordination Challenges. Institute for Corporative Security Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Center for Civil Military Relations, US Naval Post Graduate School. http://www.ics-institut.com/research/books/4

Bergeron, W. (Feb, 2014). “Building Resilience - School Safety & Security Standards”. Domestic Preparedness Journal.


Bergeron, W. (Feb, 2015). “Internships in Emergency Management: Good for All”. Domestic Preparedness Journal. http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/pub/docs/DPJFebruary15.pdf 

Bergeron, W. (Apr, 2015). “Cultural Communities: Small Considerations Equal Big Benefits” Domestic Preparedness Journal. http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/First_Responder/Emergency_Management/Cultural_Communities%3a_Small_Considerations_Equal_Big_Benefits/

Bergeron, W. (April, 2015) "Considering Culture in Evacuation Planning and Consequence Management" Journal of Emergency Management. March/April 2015; pages 87-92. DOI:10.5055/jem.2015.0222


Bergeron, W. (July, 2015) “Superheroes in Waiting: Emergent First Responders”. Domestic Preparedness Journal. http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/Government/DoD/Superheroes_in_Waiting%3a_Emergent_First_Responders/

Courses Taught:

Criminal Justice

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Police Organization and Community Relations
  • Corrections
  • Community-Based Corrections
  • Interagency Cooperation
  • International Law Enforcement and Emergency Response
  • Special Policing Activities
  • Comparative Criminal Justice (graduate)
  • Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (graduate)

Security and Emergency Management

  • Survey of Homeland Security
  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Security and Emergency Management Internship
  • Military Support and Disaster Relief
  • Introduction to Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism and Terrorist Operations
  • International Law Enforcement and Emergency Response


  • US Military History

Military Science

  • Small Organizational Leadership
  • Small Organizational Operations
  • Military Science Leadership Laboratory
  • Military Science Advanced Internship
  • Leadership, Management and Ethics
  • Transition to 2nd Lieutenant
  • Military Science Leadership Laboratory
  • Special Topics in Military Leadership

Political Science

  • The Geopolitics of Global Challenges
  • The War in Afghanistan