Don Drennon Gala, Ph.D.

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Dr. Don Drennon Gala's written work has been published by primary publishers and can be found in libraries throughout the world, and he has more than 50 publications as book chapters, Op-Eds, and articles. One of Dr. Gala’s books (1995, University Press of America) was used as a reference by the U.S. Senate in the National Debate Topic for High Schools, 1996-97, and was cited among 34 other scholars in the “104th Congress, 2d Session /​ Senate Document 104-20," Page 13.

Dr. Gala has been developing a writing style for the general reader for the past several years. After writing for academic field, and practitioners in the Criminal Justice field, he has found that it is a real task to change one’s writing style. His genre of interest includes fiction/​action, mystery, short stories, and nonfiction. Dr. Gala also provides copy-writing services as well.

Presently, Dr. Gala's work in progress includes a textbook for the field of corrections, and a few different articles. He also has several partial projects near conclusion.

Dr. Gala holds a Ph.D. in a multidisciplinary field of Education: Thought and Policy with an emphasis in Social Contexts in Education and Criminology from the University of Rochester (NY); an M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration from the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development (now the "Warner School of Education"); M.A. in Criminal Justice/​Management and Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK); B.S. in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology, and A.A.S. from Monroe Community College (NY, 1974). His academic performance resulted in being inducted into Pi Gamma Mu - International Honor Society in Social Science, Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education.

His written work has been published by referred journals and primary publishers, and he is a member of ASC, ACJS, ASA, ACA, AJA, SSSP, SSS, AEA, and the Authors' Guild. Don is an appointed member of Committees for ACJS, SSSP and AJA, and an elected member of the Board of Directors with IACTP. He is also on the Editorial Board of the online primary journal, Multicultural Learning and Teaching (http:/​/​​mlt/​editorialboard.html).

In late 2010, Dr. Gala's published work and Ph.D. dissertation on social support theory was included in the Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory (Sage Publications). His introduction of social support theory to Criminological Theory is recognized as a major contribution to criminological literature.

Dr. Gala is a Certification Trainer Director for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) for the last 7-years and was appointed in November 2011 as the Co-Chair of the Correctional Trainer Certification Commission (CTCC), which is administered through the American Jail Association and IACTP, and through a scheduled transition left the Commission in November 2013. Prior to November 2011, he was the Co-Vice Chair of the CTCC for 3-years. Also, he is a Certified Correctional Trainer and a Certified Taser Instructor.

Dr. Gala has 8-years of adult education experience at the university level and accepted a teaching position at Martin Methodist College (TN) in August 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice for the 2010-2011 academic year. In July 2011, he was given a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Education. Dr. Gala also holds the position of CEO/​Chief Research Consultant for The Gala Group, Inc. Through several subject matter experts and professionals, the Gala Group provides training, program evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, PREA audits, pre-ICE audits, and research. In the future, the Group will provide PREA investigations with contracted correctional systems.

In 2008, he retired from federal service after 27+ years, which included 21-years of service with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Treatment Specialist/​Federal Officer. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (4-years), U.S. Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge from each Branch.

Selected Works

Nonfiction - Research
Link to the Sage Publication Reference Entry 'Drennon-Gala, Don: Social Support and Delinquency : Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory.' Sage Publications, 2010.
American Jails
The Correctional Trainer
The certification process of Correctional Trainers.
The Correctional Trainer.
The safety of Tasers and saving lives.
"Social support from adults does much to insulate adolescents against the disquieting tangle delinquent involvement."
The lack of social support from significant adults is the crux of future delinquency.
This is a chapter in "Educating All Learners: Refocusing the Comprehensive Support Model"
Don T.D. Gala, Ph.D. (University of Rochester, 1994)