Mike Daku, Chair
Professor Daku serves as the Chair of the Justice Department, while teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also coordinates Internship experiences for Justice students. As a long- time member of the faculty and an alumnus of the department, his teaching and work experience have involved the areas of Juvenile Delinquency, Community Corrections and the treatment of those with substance abuse issues. He maintains certification with the State of Alaska as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and remains committed to the counseling field. He has lived in the Fairbanks area since 1978 and enjoys running, fishing, and trying not to hurt anyone on the local golf course.
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. He 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. He 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.
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)
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.
Professor Frank Boldt was born and raised in Texas and served on active duty in the US Army for 6 years. Frank began his college career while in the military and shortly after transitioning out of the service, graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Studies emphasis from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. From there, he completed an MA in Administration of Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is extremely passionate about academics in general and the justice field in particular and has a deep desire to help students become academically successful and reach their goals. He focuses on Justice Theories and Community Restorative Justice initiatives across the US.
During Frank’s free time, he is an adventurer! He loves many outdoor activities including trail running, hiking, snowboarding, riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, hunting, fishing, exploring the wilderness of Alaska, and almost anything that engages or challenges physical and mental strength. “I am all about making the moments in life count, and embracing the freedom that we enjoy in this country. A special thanks to those men and women who bravely serve in our military and for the veterans that went before them.”