Joseph Grant

Director of Undergraduate Studies - Assistant Professor


Joe Grant is a retired, 24-year veteran of law enforcement.  He began his career in law enforcement in 1984 with the Jeffersonville City Police Department in Indiana.  In 1998, he accepted a lateral transfer to the Jefferson County Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky and was a member of the agency during the 2003 merger of Jefferson County and Louisville City—creating the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).  During his time in Louisville, he served seven and a half years as the department’s primary instructor in Diversity, Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, and Defensive Tactics.  He retired from LMPD in 2008.

Immediately following his retirement, Joe accepted a teaching position at the University of Louisville in the Department of Criminal Justice.  His teaching focus included, Policing, the Criminal Justice System, Ethics, Career Development, and the Department’s Capstone course.  In 2014 he left the University for four years to teach at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.  Following this tenure, he was given the opportunity to return to teaching at the University of Louisville.  During his current time, he was given the opportunity to use his education, his teaching experience, and experience in law enforcement to create a course in Conflict Management and Justice.  

Joe received his B.A. degree in General Studies from Indiana University Southeast in 1996.  He received his M.A. in Justice Administration in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs in 2011—both from the University of Louisville.

“I do not consider myself a researcher who teaches, I consider myself a teacher who researches.”  -joe grant-