Daniel Augusto, PhD
Dr. Daniel Augusto, “Dr. Dan” retired after 22 years of federal government experience in roles that traversed across law enforcement, homeland security, anti-terrorism, counter terrorism, and emergency management. Dr. Dan gained educational credentials that support that breadth of experience.
Dr. Dan has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Maryland University College, an M.B.A. in Business Security from Northcentral University, an M.S. in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University, an Ed.D. from Northeastern University with research in security ethics and security education, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security from Liberty University.
Dr. Dan is board certified in security management as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and has published many articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. Dr. Dan’s primary research interests relate to the intersection of disaster and crime.
Although Dr. Dan’s core positions were always law enforcement related, he was heavily involved in homeland security and emergency management initiatives and roles. As a federal law enforcement officer and supervisor, he planned and supervised anti-terrorism operations, oversaw terrorism investigations and investigative support activities, supervised investigative personnel, and oversaw national and regional homeland security and emergency preparedness programs. Dr. Dan spent approximately eight years as Air Force Security Police including five years as a Shift Supervisor in charge of up to 25 law enforcement and security officers. Dr. Dan earned a Combat Action Medal and a Commendation Medal as a Bomb Dog Handler in Fallujah, Iraq and filled various physical security supervision roles during other deployments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Dan has been an Assistant Professor at UAGC since March of 2022 and has more than 13 years teaching online courses at the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels prior to starting in this role. He aims to emphasize student centered learning by focusing on what works best for students, while also balancing the educational rigor necessary for a degree to maintain a solid reputation.