Our Faculty

Our Faculty

David H Gray, Associate Professor of Homeland Security, is a native of California and completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California. A retired U.S. Air Force officer, Dr. Gray is also a former Foreign Service/Central Intelligence Agency officer and program director. He has extensive experience in the national and international security and intelligence communities and has completed assignments for the United States Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, and State, as well as, the United Nations, the Congress and the National Intelligence Council. He also served in a number of overseas assignments in various parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and has worked with many defense, corporate, law enforcement, security and intelligence organizations and services worldwide. Specializing in International, National, and Homeland Security affairs, his expertise includes U.S. and international security and strategic studies; current global security issues; U.S. foreign and national security policy formulation and strategy; globalization and international security; political violence and insurgency; international terrorism; and international weapons proliferation. He is the Director of the Campbell University Homeland Security program.

Amanda M Sharp Parker, Assistant Professor of Homeland Security, is currently a Criminology ABD doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, working on her dissertation examining the preparation and attitudes of law enforcement towards the anticipated threat of cyberterrorism. Amanda earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University . Her main research interests include transnational terrorism trends, emerging threats in the field of Homeland Security, cyberterrorism, and the application of criminological theory to terrorism. She has taught classes on various aspects of homeland security since 2008 and has presented across the United States and Europe (Poland, Ireland, England and Spain) on a variety of topics pertaining to her research on terrorism trends.

Salvatore Mercogliano, Assistant Professor of History, earned his B.S. in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College, his M.A. in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University and his Ph.D. in Military and Naval History at the University of Alabama. He has a forthcoming publication Sealift: The Evolution of American Military Sea Transportation,” and a volume in the Naval Historical Foundation's series about the Vietnam War. Professor Mercogliano has produced articles and reviews for Sea History, Parameters, The Nautical Research Journal, Northern Mariner, and the Journal of Military History. In 2006, Professor Mercogliano taught at the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he filled in for an officer deployed to Iraq. At Campbell he offers courses in Western Civilization and United States History

John C. Mero, Assistant Professor of Political Science, came to Campbell in August 2008. He grew up in a small paper-mill town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Professor Mero holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an M.A. from the University of Vermont. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His fields of study are American governmental institutions and public administration. Throughout his career, Dr. Mero has blended these two interests in academia and the private sector. After earning his M.A., he worked as a survey associate conducting social policy research at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey. More recently, he was a research associate at the Center for Community Alternatives, a non-profit agency in Syracuse focused on finding alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders. Dr. Mero spent extensive time in Bolivia conducting field research for his master’s thesis on state policies promoting the eradication of Chagas’ disease. He spent time in Chile in the early 1990s and witnessed the transition of power from General Pinochet to Patricio Aylwin and his democratic coalition government. Other research brought him to Peru, Argentina, and Mexico. Before joining Campbell, Dr. Mero served as a Visiting Professor of Political Science at High Point University and taught summer classes at Guilford College.

John Combs has been serving as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell University in the Criminal Justice program for 12 years at the Ft. Bragg campus, along with serving as an adjunct faculty member at Methodist University since 2003.  Full-time, Combs is the School Director and Chief Instructor for the Physical Fitness and Subject Control & Arrest Techniques Training Programs at the NC Justice Academy, in addition to serving as an instructor in the Explosives & Hazardous Materials, SWAT, and Management Development programs.  Combs has over 26 years of law enforcement experience and remains a sworn law enforcement officer with the Fayetteville Police Department and Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.  He holds an MPA from UNC-Charlotte, and an M.A. in Health Education & Promotion from East Carolina University, along with doctorate-level coursework at NC State.   John Combs has been training law enforcement and detention officers in numerous specialty areas for over 19 years and has been instructing at the university level since 2001. Combs has been accepted as an expert witness in both state (NC, SC, VA, & GA) and federal court systems in the areas of use of force and physical fitness, has published several articles in these areas, and has presented training to criminal justice officers at the international level. He can be contacted at 910-525-4151, ext. 264 or e-mail: [email protected]

Pam Burgett, Our Administrative Assistant, joined the department in May 2012. She was born in Redding, California and has presently lived in Coats, North Carolina for fourteen years. She has spent the previous eleven years working for Harnett County Schools at Coats Elementary where she has been a Teaching Assistant, Intervention Assistant and a School Bus Driver. Pam is married to Paul Burgett and they are parents of daughter Ayla, son Brendon and youngest daughter Cassandra.