Nicola Davis Bivens is an assistant professor of criminology at Johnson C. Smith University, where she also serves as the Program Coordinator. She holds her Ed.D. in higher education with a concentration in criminal justice, her M.S. in criminal justice and her B.S. in criminal justice. Dr. Davis Bivens also has practitioner experience in various local, state and federal criminal justice organizations. She has continuing education and training through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute, North Carolina Center for Public Health School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy.
She is an active member of various criminal justice and community organizations and as the state co-chair of the Education Committee for North State Law Enforcement Officers Association. She is also a research and practitioner consultant for the United States Department of Justice - National Institute of Justice. She previously served on the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Criminal Justice Partnership Program Advisory Board.
Dr. Davis Bivens has won numerous awards and recognitions, including being recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in Corrections for the 2009 Blackboard Catalyst Award for an Exemplary Course Program, 2009 Associate Member of the Year by North State Law Enforcement Officers Association and twice recognized in Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers (2005-2006; 2006-2007). She is the 2012 CATO Par Excellence Teaching Award recipient at Johnson C. Smith University.
Her recent publications have appeared in Paradigm Shift: An Interdisciplinary Journal on the African American Experience, the Journal of Justice Studies, Field Educator, and the Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review
An avid reader, she is the proud mother of an adult son.