Paul Sylvestre

Professor and Department Chair

JWU Faculty Since 2011

Associate Professor Paul Sylvestre

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About Paul

Paul Sylvestre, Ph.D., joined Johnson & Wales University in 2011 after serving as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice at Bristol Community College since 2009. He also worked as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice at Bay State College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining academia, Prof. Sylvestre served on the Pawtucket Police Department in Rhode Island for 22 years, spending three years as a patrol officer before becoming a detective assigned to the narcotics unit. During that time, he worked in an undercover capacity for approximately two and a half years, making purchases of narcotics such as cocaine, crack, marijuana, heroin, LSD and various controlled prescription drugs in Pawtucket and the surrounding communities of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and other cities and towns throughout the State of Rhode Island.


  • Ph.D., Humanities, Salve Regina University
  • CAGS, Salve Regina University
  • M.S., Administration of Justice, Salve Regina University
  • B.A., Sociology, Rhode Island College
  • A.S., Administration of Justice, Roger Williams University

I hope that my passion for the field of criminal justice will be a catalyst to inspire my students to achieve academic and professional success through lifelong learning.

Teaching Interests

The entire field of criminal justice and its ever evolving dynamics.

Scholarly Interests

Prof. Sylvestre’s research interest is in cumulative stress in policing and its impact on the individual officer in his/her professional and personal life as well as the department and public.


  • CJS1002: Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CJS1070: Criminal Courts
  • CJS1090: Law Enforcement
  • CJS2040: Corrections
  • CJS2050: Criminology
  • CJS2150: Criminal Justice Ethics

Extra Curricular Roles

Member of the A&S Outcomes Assessment Committee
Member of the University Outcomes Assessment Committee
Member of the Collaborative Learning Committee
Member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee
Member of the University Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee
Member of the JWU Faculty & Profession Staff Advising Roles Committee
Serve as member of JWU Gold Mentor
Faculty Advisor for JWU Shed Some Light Project Club


Professional Affiliations

Member of Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
Member of American Society of Criminology (ASC)



  • Dissertation "Society's Automaton: An Existential Perspective on Police Training and Stress Management Education"

Honors And Awards

  • 2016-17 Academic Year Teacher of the Year for the College of Arts & Sciences