Stevenson University Forensic Studies Professor receives Fulbright Award

Thomas Coogan, associate professor and coordinator of the Forensic Studies program at Stevenson University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the University of Malta during the spring semester of 2011. Coogan will lecture on fraud investigation and white collar crime, comparing United States, Maltese and European Union approaches to forensic investigation as well as their legal, law enforcement and educational initiatives in combating financial crime.

A retired federal senior executive and legal advisor with a career spanning 25 years with the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Service, Coogan participated and testified to Congress in the Whitewater Investigation during President Clinton’s administration. He was honored with several President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency awards throughout his Federal career. Coogan is an expert in legal, investigative and audit issues relating to prevention and detection of fraud, waste and abuse in government and business operations.

He joined Stevenson University as an adjunct faculty member in 1989 and helped establish its Master’s in Forensic Studies program. He teaches courses on fraud investigation and white collar crime as well as evidence and litigation practice and procedure. Coogan holds a bachelor’s from Hamilton College, a Master of Forensic Science from Antioch College and Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law.

Coogan is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international education exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen for this award and look forward to sharing with colleagues and students abroad my experience and perspectives on the investigation and prosecution of fraud and white collar crime,” he said.

Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a Master’s in Forensic Studies (onsite and online) with tracks in accounting, information technology, legal, investigation, interdisciplinary, and-in conjunction with the University’s Forensic Science program-criminalistics. Stevenson’s accelerated programs allow working adults to enhance their careers and to complete a degree in as few as 18 months, part time.

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