William R. Cheatham

Professor, Criminal Justice/Public Administration

B.S., University of North Alabama
B.S., Auburn University
M.C.J., Middle Tennessee State University
Ph.D., Tennessee State University
Office Location: Memorial Hall, 210B
Phone: 615.547.1276
E-mail: rcheatham@cumberland.edu
Dr. William "Russ" Cheatham joined the Cumberland University faculty in 1995 as the university's first criminal justice coordinator. In 1998, he was promoted to associate professor and served a three-year term as division chairperson of the Department of Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics while retaining his post as criminal justice coordinator. He currently serves as a professor within the Criminal Justice and Public Administration program and also teaches in the MBA program.

Dr. Cheatham has taught numerous criminal justice courses at CU, including those in law enforcement and investigation -- his areas of expertise. In a move toward the cutting edge of criminal justice, Dr. Cheatham has developed a number of new courses over the years, including criminal profiling, fraud examination, and assisted others in developing courses in drug investigations, cyber security and forensics, and forensic anthropology.

Dr. Cheatham is a professional speaker who makes presentations regularly on fraud and white-collar crime to law enforcement, accounting and auditing professional organizations. In 2001, he was the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Association of Mississippi Certified Public Accountants. He has also served in the past as master of ceremonies for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's annual meetings. In addition, Dr. Cheatham has served as the program evaluator for the Sumner County Tennessee Drug Court since 2005 and was instrumental in this organization gaining accreditation in 2008.

Further, Dr. Cheatham is a published author. His biography, Bad Boy of Gospel Music: The Calvin Newton Story, was published by University Press of Mississippi in August of 2003. The book was a 2004 finalist for the Association for Recorded Sound Collection’s Best Research in Rock, Rhythm & Blues and Soul. In addition, Bad Boy of Gospel Music was nominated for ASCAP’s Deems-Taylor Award and BMI’s Ralph J. Gleason Award.
Dr. Cheatham enjoys teaching, research and helping mold the lives of students through classroom instruction, advising and mentoring. His hobbies include reading, family activities and exercise. In July 2003, he was inducted into the Winston County Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.