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Nicklaus Goff

Nicklaus Goff

Department/Program: Criminal Justice 
Degrees offered include an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Applied Science, and a Bachelor of Applied Science.
Title: Instructor of Criminal Justice
Phone #: 304-788-6918

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV 08/96-05/01
B.A. in Social Studies Ed. and B.S. in Sociology ( 4.0 GPA, 163 credit hours)
U.S. Air Force Basic Officer Training 01/02-04/02, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL
Air and Space Basic Course 10/02-11/02
Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL
Logistics Readiness Officer’s Course 01/03-05/03
Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX
West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV   08/07-05/10
Doctor of Jurisprudence (3.65 GPA)
Order of the Coif

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Law
Abnormal Behavior
Criminal Procedure / Constitutional Law
Criminal Investigation
Adjudication Process
Criminal Justice Technical Writing
Field Practicum
White Collar Crime / Economic Crime
Criminal Evidence
Law and the Legal System
Juvenile Delinquency

Spring 2013 - Sat upon the Psychology and Sociology Search Committee. This Committee engaged in a successful search selected Dr. Mark Daniels and Dr. Anthony Lack as new faculty in Psychology and Sociology at Potomac State College.

Spring 2013 - Wrote a recommendation letter for Dr. Anne Lofaso for the West Virginia University Foundation's Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Anne Lofaso is a professor at the West Virginia University College of Law. She personally requested that I provide her a letter, and I did so without hesitation. Ultimately, she won one of the six awards given annually.  

Spring 2013 - Professor Heidi Samuels and I updated the Criminal Justice Curriculum. We altered both the AAS and AA degrees. Specifically, we lessened the number of hours to obtain an AAS degree; we altered the math requirements to obtain an AAS degree by requiring students to complete Math 126 rather than Math 121; we removed BTEC 107 from the AAS curriculum and replaced it with the course I built - CJ 285 - Criminal Justice Technical Writing; and we added CJ 230 (Probation and Parole) as a major requirement.  

Summer 2013 - At the request of Professor Dr. Jay Badenhoop, I spoke before a chapter of the Keyser Kiwanis. I spoke in my capacity as an attorney and as a professor at Potomac State, but because I am a veteran, I chose to speak about benefits available to disabled veterans.

Summer/Fall 2013 - Practiced law in Keyser, West Virginia. Some of my work took me into the Fall of 2013. I gave back to the local community by practicing law pro bono on some of my cases.

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 - Safety Council

Ensured that Potomac State College's smoking policy was in compliance with Mineral County's new policy.

Helped to ensure that Potomac State's policy on animal disposal were in compliance with State law.

Worked to update Potomac State College's sexual assault policy. Specifically, I researched Title IX and ensured that Potomac State's policy was in strict compliance with federal law.

Currently drafting Potomac State's ADA policy.

Fall 2013 - Worked with Professor Cassandra Pritts in constructing and presenting a presentation for Constitution Day. Over 100 persons attended the event.  

Fall 2013 - Implemented the Frasure Singleton Internship program at Potomac State. My duties included working with the Internship Committee Chair in Charleston, advertising the program upon campus, and sitting upon the selection committee.

Fall 2013 - Professor Samuels and I engaged in a full program review of the Criminal Justice AA and AAS degrees.

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 - Member of the Student Conduct Board.

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 - I also act as an adviser to the Criminal Justice Club.

Professor Samuels and I chaperoned a field trip to West Virginia University's Forensic Laboratories in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU's Forensics Program is one of the three best programs in the country. The students learned about the requirements to major in forensic and witnessed some of the most advanced forensic equipment in the country.

Professor Samuels and I also oversee and award the Hood Scholarship, which is provided annually to a Potomac State Criminal Justice Student.

See also Potomac State's Christmas card for 2013.

Chaperoned a field trip to the Crime and Punishment Museum in Washington D.C. for 15 students.

Participated in community service with four students. We mowed and cleaned the yard of a disabled individual. We also were able to obtain a donation of mulch, which we used to create two flower beds in the yard of this person.

Attended PSC's Student Services Day on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Advised at "Potomac State Orientations" (PSOs) on April 9, 2014; April 25, 2014; May 12, 2014; June 13, 2014; June 30, 2014; and July 18, 2014.

Assisted with a PSC Open House on Monday, February 17, 2014.

Elected this Spring by my Division to serve on the Committee on Committees.  

Spring 2014 - Evaluated Dr. Henry Falkowski as he taught his Chemistry 116 Class .  

Spring 2014 - Sat on the Math Search Committee.

Spring 2014 - Sat on the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Search Committee.

Spring 2014 - Was dunked in the Dunk Tank (numerous times) for Quad Fest.

Spring 2014 - Participated in the 180 Degrees Mentor Program.

Fort Hill - Pre Prom Activity - May 9, 2014. I spoke to the students about the legal ramifications of drunk driving in an attempt to prevent drunk driving on the night of Fort Hill's Prom. I then followed up with Richard King (Vice Principal at Fort Hill), and he stated that there were no car accidents or other incidents on the night of the Prom.  

Spring 2014 - Acted as a Judge for the Agricultural Club's Male Beauty Pageant. The proceeds of this Pageant went to Relay For Life.

Attended the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society Awards Banquet on April 27, 2014 in support of two Criminal Justice students. One of those students was appointed as the incoming President of Sigma Phi Omega.  

Attended the Recognition Day Ceremony on April 27, 2014, in support of Senior Criminal Justice Majors. Professor Heidi Samuels and I presented awards to three Criminal Justice Students.

Joined the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators' Association in April of 2014. Professor Heidi Samuels and I attended their Spring Meeting on April 11, 2014. At that meeting, I was elected as the Public Information Officer for the WVCJEA, and I volunteered to act as the moderator of their Quiz Bowl in November of 2014 at Fairmont State University.

Fun Fact: 
I love archery. I have three bows, to include a hunting bow, a 3-D bow, and a target bow. I am both a hunter and target shooter. I shoot indoors at five spot and Vegas-style targets. I also shoot outdoors; my primary passion is field archery where I shoot at distances from twenty feet to 80 yards, albeit uphill, downhill, and canted from left to right.

This past summer, I volunteered my time to help put on three archery tournaments in Allegany County, Maryland. Said tournaments were held at Cumberland Bow Hunters in June, July, and August of 2014. These tournaments required hours of preparation and hard work to include mowing and weed eating the range; cleaning the range; advertising the tournaments; placing the targets; repairing the targets (some of which are made up of 150 pound hay bales); and using chain saws to remove at least six (6) large trees which had fallen on the range due to storms. These tournaments were open to the public. Men, women, children, professionals, and novices all attended. Further, we had persons from as far away as Tennessee come to shoot.

While I did not win any of these tournaments, I did win a shoot off at one of these tournaments where I outshoot eighteen other shooters (to include professionals) at distances out to 80 yards. If I am not working or preparing lessons, I am at the range.