Dr. Pisani is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Director of the Criminal Justice Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, and the Homeland Security Program, on the Staten Island campus.
Dr. Pisani began his teaching career at St. John’s in 1990 when he was appointed Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; a career he truly loves. In fact, each semester he advises his students, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” (Confucious).
Dr. Pisani’s primary teaching interest is pedagogy. He enjoys using the “Flipped Classroom” and a variety of methodologies which all focus on student engagement. “Jeopardy” and “Role Plays” are his favorites.
Prior to teaching at St. John’s, Dr. Pisani served in the U.S. Army in Germany. Upon his return home he began his 24-year civil service career. His first position, which spanned six years, was Police Officer during the tumultuous 1960s. Six years later he left to start a 17-year career in the New York City Fire Department where he began as a Firefighter. Six years later, he was promoted to Fire Marshal, and six years after that, Fire Commissioner Hynes granted him several ”leaves of absence” which allowed him to serve in executive level positions in four NYC agencies. During this time he was appointed by Mayor Koch as: Coordinator, Mayor’s Arson Strike Force; Assistant Commissioner, Parking Violations Bureau; Deputy Commissioner, Department of Investigation; and Deputy Executive Director, Emergency Medical Services.
During his entire Fire Department career, he earned four college degrees and also testified in civil and criminal cases as a fire expert. As a nationally certified Forensic Fire Investigator he was described as “…one of the country's renowned fire investigators” by CNN and was a featured guest on their TV News Station.
Dr. Pisani earned the following degrees:
- B.S., American Studies, John Jay College, CUNY
- M.S., Criminal Justice, John Jay College, CUNY
- M.Phil., Master of Philosophy, The Graduate Center of New York, CUNY
- Ph.D., Criminal Justice, The Graduate Center of New York, CUNY