Justice Department Faculty and Staff

The faculty for the Bachelor of Arts in Justice, and Master of Arts in Justice Administration, represent unique and extensive experience in the areas each of us teach. In addition to the faculty currently in the Department on-campus, instructors are sought throughout the country who have established themselves with special knowledge and expertise. Thus, a candidate for the Degrees will have access to a wide range of instructors with varying backgrounds and strengths.

Mike Daku , Director, Justice Department

(907) 474-5717


Professor Daku serves as Director of the Justice Department.  As a member of the Justice Faculty, his areas of teaching and expertise have included Juvenile Delinquency, Corrections, Program Management, and Substance Abuse issues. He has lived and worked in Fairbanks since 1978, and has extensive experience in the management/supervision of offender-based treatment programs dealing with both adults and juveniles. He is also an avid outdoorsman and runner.



Rob Duke

(907) 474-6501

Dr. Duke is Coordinator of the Graduate Program. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Chapman University; and, a Masters and Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC); he is also a certified urban planner. Dr. Duke specializes in Justice theory and practice, urban and infrastructure planning, public administration, and developing the philosophy and practice of institutions in public organizations.

Dr. Duke retired in 2011 after 26 years of public service in California where he served as a police officer in the Los Angeles area. While in LA, he worked various specialty units including K-9, Gangs, Community Policing, and Field Training. Dr. Duke left Southern California at Detective rank and became a Chief of Police in Northern and Central California for 16 years. Along the way, he was a City Manager and managed a regional waste water authority.

He and his wife have looked forward to raising three daughters and a German Shepherd in Alaska for some time. They are now living that dream.

Rob offers a friend a drink on a hot day.

Jeff May

(907) 474-5715


Professor May received his Law Degree from the University of Montana.   He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice and Master’s Degree in Justice Administration earned from this University.   Originally from Montana, Jeff moved to Alaska in 2000.   Before joining the faculty Jeff worked as a law clerk for Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Mark I. Wood.   Jeff continues to engage in law practice as his University schedule permits.   Jeff currently teaches courses in Justice Ethics, Criminal Law, Procedural Law, and civil liability concerns in justice administration.   Jeff’s free time is filled with spending time with his family and the outdoors.   His hobbies include camping, hunting, and fishing.

Gary Copus (Emeritus)

(907) 474-6678


Dr. Copus received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia campus. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master's in Criminology from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Copus has conducted research at both the national and local levels. His research interest is currently focused on questions of Native Alaskans who are imprisoned in the State Department of Corrections. Teaching areas are introduction to justice, research methods, police problems, criminology, and public policy of crime control. Dr. Copus is also active in the aviation community as a private pilot, ground school instructor for the Community College and flight instructor.

Jeff Bumgarner (Master's Degree Program Only)

Dr. Jeff Bumgarner is a licensed peace officer and police firearms instructor with 11 years experience in federal and local law enforcement. He is also an officer in the United States Army Reserve. He holds an MPA in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. Previously he was a faculty member of the Department of Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University where he taught policing and management related courses. In addition to his position as a graduate faculty member in the Justice Department at UAF, he is currently Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at North Dakota State University.

Lou in the Wind Rivers, Alaska

Lou Brown, Administrative Assistant

(907) 474-5500


Lou received her Bachelor's degree in Italian with a French minor in 1984 from San Francisco State University. This means she lived too much of her life California but came home to Alaska for the first time in 1988. Before coming to UAF on 2004, she worked primarily in the non-profit arena writing grant proposals and volunteering for groups advocating for everything from small business opportunities for the Deaf to creation of an early college high school. At UAF, she was development coordinator and a Title III program manager for the Interior-Aleutians Campus, and later held a similar position with the College of Rural and Community Development Health Programs. Now she has had the good fortune to come to the Justice Department. Lou joined the Justice team in early 2012 and has been playing catch up ever since.

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