- Forensic Investigation
- Law Enforcement Concentration
- Resource Enforcement Concentration
- Corrections Concentration
Gail Belfert, J.D.
Dr. Gail Belfert came to Big Sky country in 2010 after practicing law for over two decades in New Jersey. She taught at Rutgers University and Montclair State University and was a consultant in Juvenile Probation and Corrections. At the University of Providence, Dr. Belfert coordinates the Master’s Degree Program in Criminal Justice, and chairs the Faculty Education and Tenure Committee. She is a member of the Social Justice Committee as well as the Institutional Review Board. Her community service work includes service on the Board of Directors for Opportunities, Inc., and Alliance for Youth (past president). Her strong community partnerships with several state, local, nonprofit and federal institutions help her to provide mentorship and internship opportunities for her students.
Dr. Belfert serves on task forces in juvenile justice, domestic violence, and drug courts, as well as Montana Bar Association committees. She has provided numerous trainings for local and state organizations on sexual harassment, human trafficking, and juvenile alternative dispositions. At the Montana Corrections Association annual meeting, she presented with a group panel on re-entry programs. Her colleagues in New Jersey and Montana invited her to provide presentations for continuing education purposes (CLE): “School to Prison Pipeline,” “Paralegal training,” and “Compassion Fatigue.”
Outside the classroom, she enjoys sporting events, playing golf, and traveling.
BA, Rutgers College
JD, Antioch School of Law
“A woman is like a tea bag—you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady 1933-1945
Bryan Slavik, M.S.
Professor Bryan Slavik began his academic career in 2008 while still serving as a full-time police officer with the Great Falls Police Department. He retired from the police department in 2015 at the rank of sergeant, with 24 years of experience. His tenure on the police force included patrol, sex crime investigations, and public information work, as well as criminal justice instruction with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He also serves as a Peace Officer Standards Training instructor for the State of Montana and the entire Northwest area.
Professor Slavik is a native Idahoan, who came to Great Falls as an Air Force Police Officer back in 1978. He is a long-time leader of local 4-H clubs and the Boy Scouts of America, and loves to golf, travel, and fly airplanes.
AS, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
BS, University of Providence
MS, University of Providence
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”