Marc S. Buslik

  • Adjunct Faculty


Marc S. Buslik is a retired 39-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), most recently the District Commander of the 19th (Town Hall) District on the city’s North Side. Just prior to this assignment he was the department’s liaison to the United States Department of Justice during their civil rights investigation of the CPD. Before that he was the District Commander of the 14th (Shakespeare) District on the City’s Northwest Side. His CPD assignments have included Patrol, Investigative Services, Narcotics, Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Research and Development and Information Technology units.

The American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing, recognized Buslik with the 2023 Innovation in Policing Award for his “Collaborative Police Legitimacy” model and the creation of a new police response for people in mental health crisis. He is the only Chicago Police Department member to have received this honor.

He was on CPD’s inaugural Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies implementation team. He was also a department terrorism liaison officer, a member of the FBI’s Terrorism Liaison Officers Committee and was on the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Buslik has served as a consultant and project leader for public safety units in cities, towns, and counties in several states and currently is lead instructor for radiation and nuclear incident response training funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for first responders in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois.

He has authored or contributed to more than a dozen publications on topics related to policing and criminal justice and has given numerous presentations at academic symposiums and at conferences and seminars sponsored by professional associations and governmental agencies at the local, state, and national level.

In addition to teaching in the Master of Public Administration program at Illinois Tech, Buslik has taught in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Division of Mathematics and Technology at Oakton Community College.


Ph.D., Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Major: Criminal Justice, minor: Computer Science
Graduate, Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command

Research Interests

Procedural justice
Accountability and legitimacy in police disciplinary systems
Ecological theories and spatial and temporal implications of crime and disorder
Police officer wellness


Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with Emergency Planning Focus