Robert W. McKenna is the Associate Dean and serves as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Justice System Training & Research Institute, the professional development component of the School of Justice Studies.
Associate Dean McKenna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from The New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.
He has had an affiliation and instructional experiences with the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy, the Rhode Island State Fire Academy, the Fire Science Program at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the Sociology Department at Salve Regina University. Additionally, he was a founding member and Past President of the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Trainers Association, and has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences and seminars on law enforcement issues.
Before joining the School of Justice Studies he completed over twenty years of service with the East Providence, Rhode Island police department, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant and at the time of retirement he was commanding the Planning & Training Unit. His experience in law enforcement includes service as a civilian dispatcher, patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and as a lieutenant with four different duty assignments.
For several years he served first as a paralegal and then as an attorney with the Law Offices of Charles M. Nystedt, Providence, Rhode Island. During his tenure with the East Providence police department he acted as a City Solicitor and prosecuted a number of cases to trial in the state District Court and the City of East Providence Municipal Court. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar as well as the Federal Bar.