Jerry L. Garner

JerryGarnerWebsiteAssociate Professor Jerry L. Garner, J.D., MSc (astronomy)
Title IX Coordinator (Admin./Room 209C)
Criminal Justice/Criminology & Astronomy (FOB/Room 7)
Title IX office: 270.852.3242






Professor Garner is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Apollo High School (Owensboro, Kentucky; 1981), Hanover College (Hanover, Indiana; Political Science/Psychology – 1985), University of Louisville School of Law (Louisville, Kentucky; Juris Doctor – 1988) and Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia; MSc/Astronomy – 2010). Garner briefly practiced law (criminal defense/civil litigation) in Indiana before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent in 1990. During a career spanning twenty-three years, Garner investigated various types of federal crimes and issues involving national security – including: civil rights, white collar crime (public corruption/financial crime), violent crime, computer crime and counterintelligence. He retired in May of 2013 and began teaching at KWC during the 2013 fall semester. Garner was named “Adjunct Professor of the Year” in 2014. In addition to teaching criminal justice courses, Garner created a new astronomy course entitled “Observational Astronomy” in 2013. This course is currently offered during the short-term semesters (winter and summer). Garner, who lives in Owensboro, is married (Becky) and has four children (Megan, Burke, Alex and Bobby).


Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association

Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Supreme Court of the State of Indiana (bar membership)

United States District Court-Southern District of Indiana (admission)

National Criminal Justice Association

Solar System Ambassadors Program (NASA/JPL)

Courses Taught

Criminal Investigation

Critical Issues in Policing

Criminal Law

Judicial Process

White Collar Crime

Ethics in Criminal Justice (Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice)

Criminal Procedure

Senior Career Planning Seminar