Ellen Glasser

Instructor | Ed.D.

Criminology and Criminal Justice | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Atlantic Beach, Florida:  Mayor-elect (2017) 

FBI:  Retired Special Agent & Supervisor (1982-2006)

UNF:   Adjunct Instructor, Visiting Professor, and Instructor (2012-present)

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI:  Past President (2013-2015)

Former Agents of the FBI Foundation:  Former Trustee

North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force:  Inaugural Coordinator




Ed.D., UNF, 2016

M.Ed., Criminal Justice Counseling, Duke University, 1980

A.B., Psychology, Duke University, 1977

Nonprofit Certificate, UNF, 2012

Second Career as a Teacher Program, Jacksonville University, 2009

General Police Instructor, FBI Academy, 1998




Dr. Glasser is a Navy wife; mother and grandmother; retired FBI Special Agent; past president of a national association of FBI agents; faculty member at the University of North Florida; and community advocate.  In 2017, she was elected to be mayor in Atlantic Beach, Florida. 


She grew up in a large family in Savannah, Georgia. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duke University. Prior to a decorated FBI career, she worked as a probation-parole officer in North Carolina. In the FBI, she was stationed in Charlotte, San Diego, Washington, Seattle, and her last assignment was Jacksonville. She worked and supervised cases that included the Iran-Contra Investigation and many high profile bank robbery, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping, and homicide cases. At FBI Headquarters, she was a liaison to Congress and a national press spokesperson. After 9/11, she headed the North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force and was also stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She retired in 2006.


Dr. Glasser is the past national president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. In this position, she oversaw the management of an $8 million charitable foundation, helped grow membership to over 8500 current and former FBI agents, implemented a first-ever strategic plan, and assured that programs were improved to meet industry standards.


After her FBI career, the first thing she did was ride her bicycle across America in memory of her mother and to raise funds for the American Lung Association. Since then, she has been a substitute teacher, researcher, graduate student, and teacher. She completed certificate programs in teaching and nonprofit management, and in 2016 she completed her doctorate from UNF in Educational Leadership.


Since 2012, she has been an instructor in UNF's Criminology and Criminal Justice Department.  Her teaching interests include female leadership in nontraditional occupations, terrorism and homeland security, crime in America, white-collar crime, and mass murder.





Sigma Alpha Pi Teaching Award, UNF, 2016

Betty Soldwedel Research Award, UNF, 2014

Numerous FBI and U.S. Attorney Awards, 1982-2006

Julie Y. Cross Award Finalist, 1997

Spirit of Rosie Award, 2011

FBI Files Episode, Terror in Disguise, 2001

Subject of Ann Rule book, The End of the Dream, 1998.




Dr. Glasser has been active in a variety of civic, community and professional activities that include:  


Atlantic Beach Community Development Board

Atlantic Beach Code Enforcement Board

Beaches Habitat Family Selection

Jacksonville Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women

Beach Church

Beaches Museum & History Park

Daughters of the American Revolution, Jean Ribault Chapter

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI

Florida Crown Chapter, Retired Special Agents

American Association of University Women

Southern Criminal Justice Association

Regional Political Leadership Institute Graduate, Jacksonville, FL

Nonpartisan Campaign Seminar, Leadership Jacksonville

Publications & Presentations

Wehry, S., Kasten, K., Glasser, E., & Fountain, C. (2010). Florida Head Start State Collaboration Office Needs Assessment, 2008-2009 Survey. Florida Institute of Education. Retrieved from                   http://www.floridaheadstart.org/PDF%20Folder/Head%20Start%20Report%20FINAL.pdf


Glasser, E. (2016). Voices of the first women leaders in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Doctoral dissertation). UNF Theses and Dissertations. Paper 635.


Glasser, E. (2017). Beyond race: Female officers and violent police encounters. Violence and Gender, 4(1), pp. 1-4.

GlasserContact Information

(904) 620-1724