Professor Jason Waller has been a member of the full-time faculty since 2001 and had previously taught as an adjunct professor since 1994. He became Department Chair for the Criminal Justice and Public Administration programs in 2008. He holds an Associate in Applied Science degree from Tyler Junior College (TJC), and both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is also a graduate of the East Texas Police Academy, where he was the Valedictorian of his academy class.
Professor Waller has been in law enforcement since 1982, when he began his career as a Police Cadet with the TJC Police Department. He then spent three and a half years as a Senior Patrolman with the Tyler Police Department. In 1987 he went to work at the Smith County Sheriff's Department where he spent nearly 14 years working as violent crimes, such as homicides, robberies & sex crimes. He spent the last 5 years of his full-time career as a Lieutenant supervising violent crimes and the Crime Scene Unit. He currently is also a Police Officer with the TJC Police Department, donating his time to the college's police department. He holds a Master Peace Officer License and is a Licensed TCLEOSE Instructor.
While an administrator with the Sheriff's Office, Mr. Waller supervised a division of sworn officers and civilian personnel. He also assisted in the preparing of multiple budgets, provided information to the media, and other administrative duties as a member of the sheriff's staff. He also worked with every level of government, from local to federal.
He and some of the cases he investigated over the years have been featured on A&E's Cold Case Files & Justice Files, ABC's PrimeTime Live, the WE channel's Women Behind Bars, and the ID Channel's Hardcover Mysteries. One of his capital murder cases has had two award winning documentaries movies made about the case, Licensed to Kill, which won the 1996 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Award and Lone Star Hate, a BBC Documentary film that won numerous international awards.
Professor Waller has twice been awarded the NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching by the University of Texas at Austin and was awarded the Dorothy Faye & Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Waller also serves as a faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Students Association (CJSA) at Tyler Junior College.
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