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Richard Teresi established a more than 13-year service record in the Chicago Police Department. Today, he leverages the experience as a Criminal Law Instructor with Westwood College. Appointed to the full-time faculty of the School of Justice, Richard Teresi creates and reviews curriculum, supervises the work of adjunct faculty members, and evaluates adjunct instructors’ courses during the school year. In addition, he takes an active role in the criminal justice online group, which meets weekly to discuss program development. Mr. Teresi also serves on the Westwood Online Student Retention Committee.Prior to his current position, Richard Teresi performed as an educator in China. Fluent in Mandarin, he spent two years Guangdong Province as an ESL Facilitator. He also worked as a Lead Facilitator with Teevoo English Education Online, in Beijing.Richard Teresi was educated in the Chicago metropolitan area. He earned dual Associate degrees from Wilbur Wright College, where he was named an outstanding criminal justice student and graduated with high honors. Following that, he received a full Presidential Academic Scholarship to Loyola University and graduated with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice in 1992. The same year, the university honored him for exceptional academic achievement.More recently, Richard Teresi obtained a Master’s degree in Criminal and Social Justice from Lewis University, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He also earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.A highly trained martial artist, Mr. Teresi spends his leisure time as a 5th Degree Black Sash Master Instructor for Bei Shaolin Institute. He also studies world religions and cultures and enjoys traveling.

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Jan 2004Present

Lead Faculty

Westwood College Online

School of Justice: Member of the Westwood Online Student Retention Committee. Develop and review courses Supervise adjunct faculty members Review and evaluate adjunct faculty courses during the term Participate in Weekly developmental meetings with Program Director and the Criminal Justice Online Team


Aug 1986May 1990


Wilbur Wright College