Tyler Junior College

Criminal Justice

Adjunct Faculty Bios

Mike Bishop, M.B.A.

Mike Bishop has been an adjunct professor at Tyler Junior College since 2009, teaching in both the Criminal Justice and Public Administration programs.  He holds an Associate's degree in Industrial Security from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University.  Included in his graduate work are courses in both Criminal Justice and Public Administration.  Bishop is also a graduate of the East Texas Police Academy.

Chief Bishop began his law enforcement career in 1984 in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Weapons Systems Security Officer.  After a Honorable Discharge in 1989, Bishop joined the Longview, Texas Police Department as a Police Officer, where has been employed for over two decades.  During his time in Longview, Chief Bishop has worked as a Patrol Officer, Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant and currently as an Assistant Chief of Police for his department.

While at Longview PD, Bishop has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award, the Marshall Sowers Award, and the Supervisor of the Year Award.  He holds a Master Peace Officer license and Instructor certificate from TCLEOSE.  He is also a graduate of the Command Staff Leaderships Series of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute.

Randy Melton, M.S.

Randy Melton has been an adjunct professor at Tyler Junior College since 1997, specializing in teaching Criminalistics/Crime Scene related courses.  He holds an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Tyler Junior College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Eastern University (now U.T. Tyler), and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Tyler.  He is also a graduate of the East Texas Police Academy.

Chief Melton began his law enforcement career with the Tyler Police Department in 1976.  He began working with the Crime Scene Unit (CSU) at Tyler PD in 1980 and spent most of his 21 years with that division.  He also served as a Patrol Sergeant and later as the CSU Sergeant for Tyler PD.  In 1997, Melton retired from the Tyler Police Department and became the Chief of Police for the Tyler Junior College Police Department, a position he still holds.

Since taking over as Chief, Melton has seen the TJC Police Department grow from four officers to 19 full-time Police Officers, three Reserve Police Officers, seven civilian employees, and approximately ten student workers serving more than 12,000 students.

Chief Melton holds a Master Peace Officer and Instructor's license from TCLEOSE and is a graduate from the American Institute of Applied Studies.  He also serves as President of the Board of Commissioners for the Smith County Emergency Services District # 2.

Rick Waller, M.S.

Rick Waller has been an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice program at Tyler Junior College since 1984.  He has taught both credit and academy level courses in his nearly 30 years of teaching.  He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Tyler Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Tyler, with a concentration in Criminal Justice.  He is also a graduate of the East Texas Police Academy.

Professor Waller began his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force as a Security Specialist.  Since 1974, he has served as a licensed Peace Officer for several agencies in East Texas including the Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Troup and Jacksonville Police Departments.  In 1981, Waller was elected as Constable for Precinct # 3 in Smith County, a position he held until he retired from that position in 2002.  At that point in his career, he then became the Chief of Police for the City of Whitehouse, Texas until his retirement from that position in 2012.

Waller holds a Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor licenses from TCLEOSE.  He is also a Concealed Handgun License instructor.

David "Dale" Williams, M.S.

Dale Williams has been an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice program at Tyler Junior College since 2011.  He also serves as a Dual-Credit instructor of Criminal Justice for Lindale High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Abilene State University.

Mr. Williams began his law enforcement career in 1972 as a Police Officer for the Dallas Police Department.  During his six years at Dallas PD, he spent time as a Patrol Officer and as an Investigator.  He then spent a year as a Border Patrol Agent before transferring to the United States Marshal's Service, a position he held until his retirement from federal law enforcement in 2000.  During his time as an U.S. Marshal, Mr. Williams served as a Deputy Marshal and later as a Supervisor for that agency.  Since his retirement, he has owned and operated Investigative Dimensions, a private investigations business in Lindale, Texas.

Criminal Justice Contact Information

Jason B. Waller, MS
Department Chair
Office: Pirtle T-331

Email: jwal@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2539

Advising contact: 903-510-2347