Paul Sylvestre

Professor and Department Chair

JWU Faculty Since 2011

Associate Professor Paul Sylvestre

Contact Info


Paul Sylvestre joined Johnson & Wales in 2011 as an assistant professor of Criminal Justice. Prof. Sylvestre comes to Johnson & Wales after serving as an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at Bristol Community College since 2009. Prof. Sylvestre also worked as an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice at Bay State College in Boston.

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 which 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 not only in the city of Pawtucket but also in the surrounding communities of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, as well as other cities and towns throughout the State of Rhode Island. While working as a detective in the narcotics unit, Prof. Sylvestre was a member of the National Narcotics Officers Association and became recognized as an expert witness in narcotics investigations in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island. Prof. Sylvestre also worked as a narcotics detection canine handler.

Prof. Sylvestre has presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences on issues relating to cumulative stress in policing.


  • Ph.D., Humanities, 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 enthusiasm and passion for the field of criminal justice will be infectious and 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, and the detrimental consequences this presents to law enforcement. This is due to the organization failing to adequately address this concern during the initial training in a police academy as well as individually through in-service training.


  • CJS1002: Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CJS3075 Criminal Investigation
  • CJS2085 Juvenile Justice
  • 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