"Something that cannot be captured in words is my passion to help and serve others."

Dr. Joshua Adams is a supervisory special agent for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and an adjunct professor of criminal justice in the doctoral program in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Dr. Adams is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice in the master’s program at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, and the undergraduate Fast Track program in criminal justice at Talladega College, Talladega, AL.

 Dr. Adams’ research interests are centered on exploring and conducting in-depth inquiry of police transparency, police legitimacy, de-policing, police officer perceptions of self-efficacy, rural policing, child abuse investigation, crime scene investigation, and juvenile delinquency. Dr. Adams has authored numerous scholarly publications which have been published in leading academic and publishing outlets including: Journal of Forensic Sciences, The Qualitative Report, Journal of Forensic Identification, and John Wiley & Son, Incorporated. Dr. Adams retains the following certifications:

Certified User

NVivo Core Skills (Windows)

Certified User

NVivo 12 Fundamentals (Windows)

Certified User

NVivo 12 Moving On (Windows)

Associate Member

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

He was recently awarded a faculty research grant from Liberty University’s Center for Research & Scholarship, Grant No. 1925, to explore the impact of driver’s characteristics during traffic stops with the police. Dr. Adams is also the current Forensic Science Officer of the Year for Army CID. Along with his scholarship, Dr. Adams serves on several dissertation committees at Liberty University, serves as a peer-reviewer for Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has also served as a committee member for numerous student’s graduate-level forensic science thesis projects at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security from Walden University, Master of Science degree in forensic science with a concentration in crime scene investigation from George Mason University, Master of Arts degree in criminal justice from American Military University, Bachelor of Science and Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University, and Associate of Arts in general studies from Columbia Southern University.

My Call to Serve the Nation and Others

My Call to Serve the Nation and Others—Something that cannot be captured in words is my passion to help and serve others. I am always trying to find ways to explain things in “layman’s” terms to students and colleagues who approach me for critical feedback on a manuscript or who need assistance navigating NVivo qualitative data analysis software (QDAS). I have created and instructed several webinars and workshops (virtual and face-to-face) on NVivo and general qualitative research methods, and have found this congruent to my servant-leader ontoepistemologies. I am especially sensitive to the demands of the online learner and of actively serving military personnel because I am currently an active-duty service member, and was a student pursuing my education online from 2004 to 2018. I have learned that people seek out someone who can assist them who can show empathy and compassion, and who have shared similar experiences as them. Compassion and competence are two things you cannot fake.

Past Work