Bryon G. Gustafson

Assistant Professor
Program Director - Master of Public Safety
Unit: School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Department: SCPS - CP-Admin-Administrative Svcs
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2012
MPA, University of Southern California, 2006
BS, Excelsior College, 2003

Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Public Safety program at the University of Virginia. He works closely with the FBI National Academy (NA) to build on and extend from NA curriculum to deliver a robust educational experience that empowers today's law enforcement leaders for tomorrow's challenges.

Previously Dr. Gustafson served in a variety of public service roles. He was Dean of Public Safety at American River College and an Adjunct Professor of Criminology in the Sociology Department at Sacramento State University. He was unanimously elected as the 50th Chief Sergeant-at-Arms by the California State Assembly for its 2017-2018 session. Prior to that he was Chief of Police at the Stockton Unified School District Police Department and Chief of Standards, Evaluation, and Research at the California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Dr. Gustafson also served as an Affiliated Faculty Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver where his work focused on training and policy interventions relative to the causes of fatal and career-ending law enforcement traffic collisions.

Dr. Gustafson is a graduate of the 218th FBI National Academy and was the 113th President of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California (USC). He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver, is a Pi Alpha Alpha MPA graduate of USC, and also holds a Magna Cum Laude BS in Psychology from Excelsior College. He is married to Dr. Sara E. McClellan, a public policy and administration professor. They have two cats--“Sedona” and "Theo"--and make their home in West Sacramento, CA.​

PSPS 6000: Transformational Leadership in Changing Times
Credits: 3
Explores public safety leadership concepts and essential approaches needed in forging lasting, collaborative relationships with the public they serve. Students will analyze complex social and security issues. While maintaining a mindset of sociocultural awareness and sensitivity, students craft solutions to those public issues by applying advanced knowledge of public safety planning, management, and response. Prereq: Admission to MPS Degree Prog.
PSPS 6040: Creating and Sustaining Community Dialogue
Credits: 3
Focuses on the application of communication skills and principles in the context of public safety. Students will gain understanding and practice in engaging communities around such challenging issues as inequality and power; interactions in the aftermath of tragedy; officer fear and anger; historical, political, and economic divides; implicit biases and stereotype threat; and the importance of building coalitions across boundaries.
PSPS 6050: Stewardship of Public Assets and Managing Human Capital
Credits: 3
Students will develop a detailed understanding of the legal aspects of public employment law, and the short and long-term impact of recruiting and retaining talented employees. Emphasis will be placed on the means by which evidence-based strategies may be applied to determine the appropriate number of resources to deploy to normal and complex operations. Prereq: Admission to MPS Degree Program