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Interview with the Acting Dean of the School of Criminal Justice (SOJ) at MLQU: Shaping the Future of Criminal Justice Education

Ms. Cassandra Lopez recently sat down with Dr. Mario Glenn A. Isic, Acting Dean of the School of Criminal Justice (SOJ) at MLQU to discuss his views and plans for the school, starting from the upcoming academic year 2023-2014 and beyond.  Here is an overview of their insightful conversation.

When asked about his plans for the School of Criminal Justice in the immediate term, Dr. Isic emphasized the importance of retaining and hiring qualified faculty members.  He outlined the implementation of standard operating procedures for faculty recruitment, including initial interviews, HR selection processes, and face-to-face teaching demonstrations.  Additionally, Dr. Isic expressed the intention to revisit the SCJ syllabi and modules, ensuring that these are up-to-date and aligned with industry standards.  The activation of the SCJ Student Council was also highlighted, with an emphasis on student involvement and active participation in SCJ activities.

Looking at the short-term goals, Dr. Isis discussed the integration of community-building activities and the provision of welfare services to enhance the student experience within and outside the SCJ.  Establishing partnerships with government agencies, such as the PNP and NBI, as well as corporate collaborations, were identified as key initiatives.  Furthermore, annual school tours and field visits for third and fourth year SCJ students were planned to provide real-world exposure and practical learning opportunities.

In the long-term, Dr. Isic emphasized the importance of establishing career partnerships with different government agencies that cater to criminology graduates.  He also highlighted the significance of On-the-Job (OJT) exposure and immersion with international and multinational security agencies to broaden students’ perspectives. The development of in-house laboratories within the SCJ was also envisioned to enhance practical training and research capabilities.

Regarding initiatives to continuously improve the licensure examination performance in criminology, Dr. Isic emphasized the retention and hiring of competent faculty members.  He also mentioned integrating the licensure examination preparation into the SCJ curriculum as part of elective courses.  Additionally, the implementation of qualifying exams for second and third-year students and partnerships with review centers were discussed as strategies to enhance exam readiness.

When asked about his views on student journey, Dr. Isic envisioned an interactive and student-centered approach in the learning culture of the school.  The aim is to provide students with a clear pathway through a familiar and consistent experience across both intra and extra-curricular activities.  This approach fosters a supportive and engaging learning environment that nurtures their growth and development.

Finally, when discussing the comparative advantage of MLQU’s SOJ, Dr. Isic emphasized the school’s vast history of values integration and learning programs.  With a remarkable 75 years of producing upright and bright SCJ graduates who positively contribute to society, MLQU’s SOJ stands out as an institution committed to excellence and ethical values in the field of criminal justice education.

In conclusion, Dr. Isic’s plans and initiatives demonstrate a commitment to elevating further the performance of the school. By prioritizing faculty quality, student engagement, industry partnerships, and practical learning experiences, the SOJ aims to provide a comprehensive education that prepares graduates to excel in the dynamic field of criminal justice.

Dr. Mario Glenn A. Isic, affectionately known as Dr. Mar, is a highly respected Human Resource Development expert who brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Vice President for Administration of MLQU and the Acting Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.  Dr. Mar has an impressive professional background, having previously served as the Vice President for Human Resources and Admin Services of the New San Jose Builders, Inc. He has also held positions in other organizations, such as Star Parks Corporation, TGP Pharma Inc., and Metrobank Corporation.

Dr. Mar’s educational achievements reflect his dedication to continuous learning and professional growth.  He holds a doctoral degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), a Masters in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management, a Masters in Education Management from St. Joseph College Graduate Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy from San Carlos Seminary

Aside from his administrative roles, Dr. Mar has a passion for teaching and has made significant contributions to the academic community.  He serves as a faculty member at prestigious institutions, such as UST, University of the East, and MLQU-School of Graduate Studies. 

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