Faculty & Staff

Dr. Ken Lang

Ken Lang
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Hardin Hall, 210
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Dr. Ken Lang is a retired detective and police instructor from the Baltimore County Police Department and served as a law enforcement officer for 25 years. He graduated from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010 and a Master of Science in 2013, both in Criminal Justice Administration. After his retirement from law enforcement, he transitioned into higher education, first, teaching at the University of Valley Forge (2014-16) and then Glenville State University (2016-23). He completed his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Walden University in 2019.  His dissertation, Valuation of Ex-offender Motivation for Participation in a Restorative Justice Praxis, was published shortly thereafter. Dr. Lang joined Milligan University in 2023 and serves as an associate professor in the criminology and criminal justice program.

During his police career, Dr. Lang’s homicide investigation of the Wesley Person murder was featured on several true crime television shows; Forensic Files, Murder Decoded, and Payback. He appears regularly on the Law & Crime Trial Network, providing insight into investigative aspects of high-profile court cases.

Additionally, Dr. Lang is an expert witness, focusing his analysis and research in areas concerning police practices and procedures, criminal investigations, forensic art, and restorative justice. He is currently working with the Northern District of West Virginia Federal Court in designing and piloting a restorative justice program for drug offenders. He also serves as a reviewer and research ethics board member for the International Journal of Restorative Justice.

Dr. Lang and his wife, Michele, have three adult children and one grandchild. They worship at Christ Fellowship in Kingsport, TN.

Expert Topics: Criminal Investigations; Forensic Art; Police Practices and Procedures; Restorative Justice