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Corban University

Alan J. Scharn

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Forensic Psychology
Director, Criminal Justice Program



  • A.A. Law Enforcement
  • B.S. Corban University
  • M.B.A. George Fox University


Professor Scharn has 39 years of service in public safety, law enforcement, and executive management training, and he holds an executive police certification as well as being certified by the Oregon Executive Development Institute. His career includes 17 years with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Oregon), six years as Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and seven years in various administrative/leadership roles with the Oregon Department of Corrections, most notably the Special Investigations Unit.

Professor Scharn has also served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Executive Development Institute, a nonprofit, in various capacities for the past 18 years and is its current Executive Director.

Scharn started at Corban University in 2009 as an adjunct instructor in the Business & Leadership Program. In the fall of 2011, Professor Scharn came on board full-time as an assistant professor of criminal justice and continues to teach courses in both the criminal justice and forensic psychology programs.


Alan has been married to Kathy for 37 years and has two children, Greg and Sara, a son-in-law, Eric, a daughter-in-law, Trish, and four grandchildren. He enjoys muscle cars, hiking, riding quads, and makes an annual pilgrimage to Alaska to fish for Sockeye and King salmon on the Kenai River.

Why Corban

“I have a passion for criminal justice and forensic psychology training and education and feel blessed to have an opportunity to use my knowledge, skills, and experience at Corban University to help educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”