Dr. Frank Trovato has taught in the University and College settings since 2003. Prior to joining the educational field, Dr Trovato enjoyed a successful policing career retiring as a senior officer with the Toronto Police Service. From 2004 to 2010 Professor Trovato has served as Program Head for the Justice Studies Degree Program at the University of Guelph-Humber, Program Coordinator for the Police Foundations Program at Humber College, Program Coordinator for the Police Foundations Leadership Program at Humber College and most recently a Centennial College as a professor and placement coordinator for the Community and Justice Services Program since 2014. Professor Trovato completed his PhD in Philosophy, University of Toronto (2008), M.Sc. in Criminal Justice Administration from Niagara University (2000), a BA in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Toronto (1996), a Human Resource Management Certificate (2000) from University of Toronto, and a Law Enforcement Administration Certificate from University of Toronto in (1987).
Professor Trovato has been recognized for his dedication to teaching as the recipient of the President’s Spirit Award (2017), Nominated for Teaching Excellence in the (Wicken Award) (2016), Dean’s Leadership and Community Award (2015), The Online Learning Award (2011), President’s Community Service Award in (2009), National Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award in (2007), Distinguish Faculty of the Year Award in (2006), and the Innovation of the Year Award in (2005). Professor Trovato’s interests include social justice issues in diversity, equity, community projects, and educational projects. Examples include being a special advisor to the Association of Black Law Enforcers Association, The Ontario Chiefs of Police Organization, On the Board of Director for Canadian Critical Incident Inc. Centennial College Council, to name but a few. Recent innovations include developing a Leadership Program with Toronto Police Service called “Increasing Bench Strength “ in order to identify and develop great leaders through a curriculum that emphasizes a competency model involving the concepts of, Knowledge, Commitment and Action. Consulted as the lead researcher in a joint project with the Toronto Police in a longitudinal study measuring selected at risk communities and the effects of having a Neighborhood Officer assigned to those areas for at least two years. The outcomes were to bridge the gap between the police and community members, build trust and enhance relationships, reduce crime, enhance the feeling of public safety. This study will be published at the end of 2017-18. Selected Project Manager responsible for creating and implementing higher education pathways in 2014 at the University of Guelph Humber/Humber College with the roll out of the Justice Degree program. More than 25 Community, Ministry and Police Services across Ontario are participating. More currently, Professor Trovato has led the development of a Master’s Degree Program in collaboration with Niagara University starting in the Fall of 2014.