Forensic Science Faculty

Steven Downs

Steven Downs, D.B.A.

Associate Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 751-1177
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Steven Downs
Steven Downs, D.B.A.

Associate Professor of Justice Studies

B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.F.S., George Washington University; D.B.A., Northcentral University

Bio:

Dr Steve Downs is a retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) and serves as an Associate Professor of Applied Forensic Science at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.  His core courses taught here are focused on practical, hands on, crime scene investigations. Prior to his current position he was a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Ga., where he taught Federal, State, and Local law enforcement officers multiple forensic and law enforcement courses.  Prior to FLETC, he served nearly 30 years in the US Army with over 25 years of experience a CID Special Agent culminating in his last assignment at Fort Hood, Texas, where he provided investigative oversight of all felony investigations in which the US Army has an interest in the southwest United States.  Steve led the multi-agency task force of the mass murder on 5 Nov 2009 there at Fort Hood.  Steve retired as the second highest ranking CID Agent in the US Army.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University, master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University, and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University.  He is a fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 214), a graduate of the Canadian Police College Major Case Management Course, and a graduate of the Fire/Arson Course at The National Fire Academy.  He currently is the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Association (CJFSA) here which is a club for students interested in these areas.

Professional Organizations:

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Dave Pauly

Dave Pauly, M.F.S.

Professor of Justice Studies; Coordinator, Forensic Science
(910) 263-4720
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Dave Pauly
Dave Pauly, M.F.S.

Professor of Justice Studies; Coordinator, Forensic Science

B.S., Campbell University; M.F.S., George Washington University

Bio:

Professor Pauly served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division from 1988-2006.  He is a 1997 graduate of the Canadian Police College, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Ottawa, Canada).  He is a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.

Professional Associations:

  • FBI NAA - FBI National Academy Associates
  • AAFS - Member, American Academy of Forensic Science
  • NFA - National Fire Academy
  • NC Chapter FBI National Academy Associates
  • NCIAI - North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Identification
  • IAI - International Association of Identification
  • IABPA - International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
  • Vidocq Society, Philadelphia, PA
  • ASIS International, American Society for Industrial Security
  • COFSE – Council of Forensic Science Educators
  • ACSR – Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • NCHIA – North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association
  • ASC – American Society of Criminology
  • IAAI - International Association of Arson Investigators
  • NAFEA – North American Forensic Entomology Association
  • ACFEI – American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
  • AISOCC – The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases
  • MPRA- Military Police Regimental Association
  • CIDAA- CID Agents Association
  • CPC- Canadian Police College
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Mark Vecellio

Mark Vecellio, M.P.A., M.F.S.

Assistant Professor of Applied Forensic Science
(910) 480-8404
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Mark Vecellio
Mark Vecellio, M.P.A., M.F.S.

Assistant Professor of Applied Forensic Science

B.L.S., Excelsior College; M.P.A., City University of Seattle; M.F.S., George Washington University

Bio:

Mark is a retired U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command Supervisory Special Agent and Forensic Sciences Officer, and also spent six years of service as a Special Agent in Charge.  Mark has spent over 22 years performing and supervising felony-level criminal investigations across the world, including in Iraq, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Honduras, Panama, and Colombia.  Mark’s specializations include crime scene processing/reconstruction, forensic photography, sexual assault investigations, and death investigations. Mark has led successful investigative task forces involving serial rapes, armed robberies, and arson cases.

Mark served as Branch Chief and Senior Instructor of the CSI Division of the U.S. Army’s CID School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he taught Forensic Photography, Advanced Crime Scene Processing, and Medico-legal Death Investigations.

Mark completed a master’s degree in forensic sciences from The George Washington University, a master’s in Public Administration-Criminal Justice from City University of Seattle, and a fellowship in forensic medicine with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s Office. Mark belongs to numerous forensic science organizations, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, North Carolina Division of the International Association of Identification, Association of Crime Scene Reconstructionists, and Center for Forensic Science Educators.

Mark is actively engaged in CSI-related research with his students and has delivered several presentations and technical workshops at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association.  Mark has authored four published technical articles and co-authored a book in the field of forensic photography. Mark supports local and regional law enforcement efforts through analysis and review of unsolved murder cases as an active member of the Carolinas Cold Case Coalition.  Mark supports his local community as a volunteer with the Harnett County School District.

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