About Us

Arizona Justice Educators Association

The AzJEA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It was established in 2001 for the following purposes:

  • to promote the advancement of Criminal Justice education, both in specific and general subject areas, pertaining to Criminal Justice careers and activities;
  • to encourage active participation by concerned persons in establishing quality in all college and university Criminal Justice education;
  • to establish liaison with all agencies and/or persons concerned for the purpose of better understanding and cooperation in this field;
  • to encourage the achievement and maintenance of the highest ethical standards of our profession and to endeavor in all ways to increase effectiveness within our profession;
  • to increase the effectiveness of Criminal Justice education and training by the exchange of materials, ideas, knowledge and techniques, or in any other legitimate manner;
  • to promote programs and activities that may enhance the Criminal Justice profession;
  • to recognize achievements and contributions by educators, practitioners, students or other individuals.
Arizona Justice Educators Association

Current Initiatives

Annual Conference

The 2022 conference will be back in person in Phoenix on October 21, 2022.

Professional Development

Professional development is offered to members on a quarterly basis beginning January 2022. This valuable opportunity is available as part of the membership fee — there is no additional charge for these presentations. Click here for details.

Schedule and Topics:

  • January 21, 2022 (Friday 10-11:30am): Gangs: Street gangs, prison gangs and Native American reservation gangs (Virtual)
  • August 5, 2022 (Friday 10-11:30am): LE Recruiting Challenges: Panel Discussion (Virtual)
  • November 5 (Saturday 9am – 1pm): CSI Day: Hands-on, Demos and Panel Discussion at Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ (In Person)

Board Members


William Crawford, Ed.D.
Northern Arizona University
AzJEA.President @ gmail.com

Dr. William H. Crawford III is employed as a part-time faculty member with Northern Arizona University, where he teaches Justice Studies. Dr. Crawford retired from the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), where he was employed for more than 24 years – most recently as a Vice President at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. His experience in higher education also includes serving as Chair of Mesa Community College’s Administration of Justice Studies Department, ten years as a residential (tenured) faculty member, and seven years as an adjunct faculty member.

Prior to the Maricopa Community College District, Dr. Crawford was employed by the Phoenix Police Department where he held numerous leadership positions and served with distinction for over 23 years as a career officer and 10 years in a volunteer reserve capacity – totaling more than 33 years of law enforcement service. During his many years of service, he was assigned to a variety of bureaus and departments including: patrol, detectives, community relations, personnel, and training.

Dr. Crawford is actively engaged in both professional and community organizations. He serves as President of the Arizona Justice Educators Association’s Board of Directors; Chair of the City of Chandler’s Merit Board; board member of the Chandler Education Foundation, and as Vice
Chair of the City of Chandler’s Public Safety Retirement Boards.

William Crawford holds both Doctorate and Master of Education degrees from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.

Vice President

AzJEA.VP @ gmail.com


Doug Janicik, J.D.
Northern Arizona University
Dentons USA, LLP
Secretary.AzJEA @ gmail.com

Doug Janicik is an attorney and member of Dentons US’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, where he focuses his practice on commercial
litigation, employment and labor, appellate advocacy, administrative enforcement actions, and government investigations. Doug has litigated cases, including individual and class actions, in both federal and state courts. He has argued appeals in the Ninth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, California Court of Appeal, Arizona Court of Appeals, and Colorado Court of Appeals.

A former civil engineer officer in the U.S. Air Force, Doug twice served as law clerk to judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and also has extensive pro bono experience.

In 2018, he was recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of Labor and Employment, Labor-Management Relations.

Doug is an adjunct professor in Northern Arizona University’s Justice Studies and Intelligence Program, teaching Employment Law for Justice Administrators to law enforcement cohorts around the Valley. He also frequently gives presentations reviewing key decisions from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court and previewing cases in the upcoming term.


Genea Stephens, Ed.D.
Glendale Community College
AzJEA.Treasurer @ gmail.com