Craig Laker, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, has been awarded professor emeritus rank at Trine University. He joined the university in 1999. His tenure included serving as faculty member, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Services, dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Over his teaching career at Trine, which included unprecedented growth in the university's criminal justice programs, he was awarded the Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence in Teaching award, the Barrenbrugge Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Merle May McKetta Thomas Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts and Sciences. Laker served as faculty advisor for Trine University's chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association and was a part of the Community Anti-Violence Alliance, the Steuben County Humane Society, and the Four County Vocational Cooperative Criminal Justice Advisory Board.