Dennis McCarty is an adjunct instructor for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. He served with the Peace Corps in Guatemala after graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and later received a PhD in criminal justice from the University at Albany. Dr. McCarty also teaches for the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice and has received both a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and a University at Albany President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Other honors include a gubernatorial commendation for his role in developing and implementing a statewide counter-terrorism training program immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The focus of his current work is on human trafficking.
Dr. McCarty formerly served as the Assistant Director in charge of Training & Exercises at the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services where his responsibilities included arranging statewide training for first responders and developing a strategic plan to guide the development of a new interdisciplinary Homeland Security Training Center. His previous positions include serving at the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services where he oversaw police in-service training and several law enforcement programs as the Chief of Program Services for the Office of Public Safety.