Mark Marsolais , Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
  • M.A. in Psychology, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, TX
  • B.S. in Physiological Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Mark Marsolais is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security at Thomas College. Sam Houston State University in Texas awarded him a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. In addition to his Ph.D., Professor Marsolais has a B.S. degree and M.A. degree in Psychology. He specializes in teaching criminal justice, policing, homeland security, and forensics coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels. One of his current Thomas courses is An Overview of the K9 in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. He served over 20 years with the Houston Police Department as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, Internal Affairs investigator, and patrol and special operations supervisor. In addition to his policing experience, Professor Marsolais served as a director of national and international security programs for a global security firm. Since the late 1980s, he has been involved in canine search and detection as a handler, trainer, and educator. He has direct experience with canines that searched for and detected human remains, wanted suspects, contraband, lost persons, and disaster victims. Prior to getting his education and police and security experience, Professor Marsolais served as an enlisted soldier (Arabic-Egyptian Linguist and EW Operator) with the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He is an honorably discharged Vietnam-Era Veteran. He lives in Mid-Coast Maine with his wife and daughter; they maintain a small farm with dogs, horses, chickens, cats, and an assortment of wildlife. He spends his spare time enjoying the four seasons of Maine and the activities associated with them (running, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing).