Administration of Justice Instructor

During his 23-year career as an FBI Special Agent, Pat Connolly taught part-time at the University of Phoenix and provided training for law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, foreign law enforcement agencies and others.

Three years before mandatory retirement from the FBI, he heard about the opening in MiraCosta’s Administration of Justice Department. “This looked like a very good opportunity to start a second career,” says Pat, who since 2003 has led the department and teaches Introduction to Administration of Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and lectures on other topics such as organized crime, the Death Penalty, homicides, and other related areas.

Pat brings to those classes a first-person perspective. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, had a private practice and was a state prosecutor in Howard County, Maryland prior to his entry into the FBI in 1990. He was trained as an FBI hostage negotiator/crisis intervention specialist, and crisis management coordinator and his FBI investigative experience involved investigating violent crime, organized crime/drugs, white-collar crime, civil-rights related activities, and international investigative techniques targeting significant criminal and terrorist enterprises. His assignments have included tours as an investigator/supervisor on both east and west coast. He also served as an FBI representative on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., and as an FBI SA attorney responsible for advising FBI management and field divisions on various legal issues, with emphasis on electronic surveillance and undercover operations. He also managed the FBI North County Residence Agency, and coordinated FBI San Diego's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In addition to teaching at MiraCosta, he has taught aboard Nuclear Carrier U.S.S. George Washington and provides presentations to community members and business organizations.

"MiraCosta is a great place to work and learn, and we are fortunate to have an exceptional faculty, who have the knowledge and the experience to create a unique learning environment for the students. We are all keenly aware that teaching creates such a great opportunity and responsibility because of its influence on the lives of others", says Pat. "And the topics we cover are not timely given the importance of justice issues, law enforcement, and terrorism issues, but they are also just plain interesting."