William Sondervan

William Sondervan

E-mail:  wsondervan@umuc.edu
Division:  Undergraduate Adelphi
Category:  Collegiate
Program:  Criminal Justice, Investigative Forensics and Legal Studies


Autobiography: Biographical Information for William W. Sondervan 

General Information 

Professor and Director of Criminal Justice, Investigative Forensics, and Legal Studies, University of Maryland University College. Responsible for all aspects of managing a major program at a global university with 100,000 students world-wide. Responsible for faculty recruitment and development, curriculum development, teaching and day-to-day management of the program.

Association Experience 

Director of Professional Development for the American Correctional Association (ACA). Founded in 1870, ACA is the oldest and largest correctional organization in the world. Current membership consists of 20,000 corrections professionals in the United States, Canada, and other nations around the world. ACA has 78 state chapters and affiliated organizations with members from all areas of the correctional spectrum as well as representatives from the general public. Specific responsibilities include management of the Certified Corrections Professional Program, the Online Corrections Academy, National Workshops, grants,  and educational programs at the national annual Congress of Corrections and the national Winter Conference, as well as other types of continuing education.

Corrections Experience 

Commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction from 1999 to 2003. The Maryland Division of Correction (DOC) is the largest criminal justice agency in Maryland. The DOC is comprised of 27 institutions, employs nearly 8,000 personnel, incarcerates 24,000 inmates and has a 600 million dollar budget. Responsible for all aspects of managing a large criminal justice agency. Responsibilities include: prison management, human resource management, fiscal management, public information, legislative affairs, internal affairs, emergency planning,  strategic planning, professional development, and the inmate disciplinary process. Also supervise State Use Industries, a 42 million dollar prison industry operation. Previously served as the Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner from 1994 to 1998.

Military Police Experience

Twenty-two years of progressive criminal justice leadership experience from second lieutenant to lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Military Police Corps from 1972 to 1994. Successive leadership positions in police operations, investigations, corrections, customs, physical security and prisoner of war operations. Commanded military police units at the platoon, company and battalion levels. Served as Secretary of the Military Police Academy, six years experience as Chief of Police and served on the Joint Staff.

Professional, Community, and Volunteer Activities

Extensive past and present involvement in professional, community and volunteer activities. Served in following capacities: Member of the Governor's Executive Advisory Council; President of the Maryland/Delaware Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board; Chairman of the Fort Meade Area Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee; Chairman New York City Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics; Board of Trustees member, Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association; Chairman, Difficult to Manage Inmate Committee, Co-Chairman, Council of State Government National Consensus Project on Mentally Ill Inmates, Chairman, Victims Committee and Member of the Nominating Committee (Association of State Correctional Administrators); Member of the University of Maryland University College Undergraduate Advisory Council. Commissioner and Vice Chairman, National Commission on Correctional Certification; Commissioner, Accreditation Commission; Chairman, Adult Corrections Committee; Member. Professional Education Council (American Correctional Association). Executive Board Member; Co-Chair, State and Local Committee (Maryland Correctional Administrators Association). Member of the Executive Leadership Council (National Major Gang Task Force). Member of the Maryland Correctional Training Commission. Member of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. Member of the Educational Coordinating Council for Correctional Education. Member of the Correctional Education Association Standards Commission. Member of the State Use Industries Management Council.

Teaching/Training Experience

Extensive teaching and training experience to include planning, developing, organizing and managing training programs. Four years of training/administration experience at the U.S. Army Military Police Academy; 18 years classroom teaching experience at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) with the position of Professor of Criminal Justice; EXCEL Instructor and peer evaluator; Adjunct Professor, Graduate Division of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Policy, University of Baltimore; volunteer instructor in the Presidential Classroom, Washington, D.C.; and, lecturer, National Interagency Counter-Drug Institute. Additionally, Dr. Sondervan has lectured in Germany, South Korea, Turkey, Bosnia, Bulgaria and China.

Formal Education

EdD in adult education/hHuman resource development with a minor in corrections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Dissertation: Boot Camp Incarceration Training: A Process in Behavioral Change

MPA in criminal justice, Jacksonville State University

EdM in counseling psychology, Boston University

B.S. in business administration, College of New Jersey (Magna Cum Laude) Rider University ROTC (Distinguished Military Graduate)

Professional Development 

National Institute of Corrections programs include: Executive Training for Deputy Directors, Executive Excellence Program, Managing Staff Sexual Misconduct, Public and Media Relations for CEO's of Large Agencies, Advanced Management Strategies for Prison Disturbances, Prison Security. State of Maryland's Leadership Maryland Executive Development Program; Maryland Police Correctional Training Commission's Leadership Challenge Program; Training in Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment Management; Governor of Maryland's Upper Level Manager's Program; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College; Armed Forces Staff College; Military Police Officers Basic and Advanced Courses.


Certified Corrections Executive, American Correctional Association

Criminal Justice Recognition

The National Law and Order Award, MOWW, 2007. Legion of Merit, United States Of America, 1993 and 1994; Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, University of Maryland University College, 1999; John F. DeWitt  Award, Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, 2003; Patrick Henry Award for Youth Leadership, Military Order of the World Wars, 1998 and 2000; Governor of Maryland's Volunteer Service Award, 1993; Governor of Maryland's Salute to Excellence Award, 1993; State of Maryland Crime Prevention Award, 1993; Supervisor of the Year, New York City, Federal Executive Board, 1987; Honorary Captain, New York City Police Department, 1986.

Nomination Essay

The role of the Faculty Advisory Council is to participate and collaborate in the governance structure of UMUC.  It should provide informed opinions and advise to the UMUC leadership and serve to enhance effective communication between the faculty and the administration. Participation should begin with input into the university's core values and mission, vision, and strategy statements and be actively involved in the implementation process.

My platform is simply to participate in the sustained academic quality, growth, fiscal health, and reputation of the university. My interest in UMUC is both personal and professional. It began in 1975 when my wife became a UMUC student in Heidelberg Germany while I was serving in the Army. UMUC was there when she needed an education and it helped her begin a very successful career in the Federal Government. As career military police officer and later as a state corrections commissioner, I watched as UMUC helped countless people achieve an education, better their lives, and make positive contributions to the criminal justice community. My daughter is currently enrolled in the UMUC online MBA program, without the availability of on-line instruction she would not be able to attend. As an adjunct faculty member since 1989 I have come to know and appreciate our students and I feel an obligation to them. My interest is to perpetuate and enhance what UMUC has contributed to its students since 1947.

The issue I consider most important is faculty/administration communication. UMUC needs to hear the opinions and recommendations of the faculty to make informed decisions and the faculty need to understand the political, fiscal, and social challenges of the university. Good communication and understanding will lead to a healthier environment.