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The Criminal Justice degree program has been in place at MMC since 2005. It is the philosophy of the Criminal Justice program that we are a profession and that we strive to educate and place the highest quality professionals into field operations as possible. To accomplish this standard, the faculty focus on the practical application of in-class information, relating it to real-life circumstances.
Due to the relatively small class sizes, professors are able to assist students in pursuing their interests in specialized fields within the system. This not only helps students prepare for careers in the field but also aids them in preparation for graduate studies. Occasionally, graduates return to professors to review materials they need to be highly skilled in for graduate studies. The faculty’s dedication is a commodity beyond purchase and is a trait of the superiority of their field experience.
Martin Methodist College Criminal Justice Program Faculty
Richard Schoeberl, has been a professor with the Criminal Justice Program at Martin Methodist College since 2014 and is the current Criminology Program Chair. He has over 23 years of security and law enforcement experience, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The NCTC is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the group brings together specialists from the CIA, the FBI, and the Department of Defense. He served a variety of positions throughout his career, ranging from Supervisory Special Agent at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to acting Unit Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section at the NCTC’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Before his managerial duties at these organizations, he worked as a Special Agent investigating violent crime, international terrorism, terrorist financing, cyberterrorism, and organized drugs. He also was assigned numerous collateral duties during his FBI tour, including a certified instructor and a member of the agency’s SWAT program. In addition to the FBI and NCTC, he is an author on numerous articles over terrorism and security and has served as a media contributor for Fox News, CNN, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera Television, Al Arabiva Television, Al Hurra, and Sky News in Europe. Additionally, he works with the international non-profit organization Hope for Justice, combatting Human Trafficking.
Daniel Scherr is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Martin Methodist College. He joined the program in the fall of the 2016 school year, and he teaches both introductory and upper-level courses. Scherr also works as an Adjunct Professor at Western International University, teaching International Business and Public Policy courses for their online Masters programs. Scherr began his career with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from North Carolina State University. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery. He primarily served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and left as a Captain after spending time in command, operations, and multiple other functions. After the military, Scherr worked as a transportation officer for CSX Transportation at multiple locations in the Eastern United States and completed his Master’s in Business Administration at American Military University. Scherr is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Public Policy Administration with a Concentration in Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace at Walden University. His dissertation is on Cybersecurity at the State and Local levels, including polices and preparedness measures. His research interests include Cybersecurity, Terrorism, School Violence, Transportation Policy, Education Reform, and wicked problems.
Jonathan A. Dudek, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Martin Methodist College and a forensic psychologist with a national security and law enforcement background. He maintains an international consulting practice assisting developing countries, corporations, and other public and private sector entities with business and program development; human capital and systems-based risk management, risk mitigation, and problem-solving; identifying strategic opportunities; and forensic and investigative consultation. Dr. Dudek completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology, Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, his Ph.D. at the Drexel University in Pennsylvania and his undergraduate in Clinical Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He served in the FBI’s Profile Division and later at the DEA.
G. Dayton Cheatham is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Martin Methodist College. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Washington College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota where he graduated cum laude. During law school, he volunteered for the Asylum Law Project, providing assistance to immigrants in El Paso, TX. He is currently employed as a Research Assistant at Greensboro College’s James Addison Jones Library and a Compliance Researcher at Martin Methodist College.
Anthony L. Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Martin Methodist College. He is currently a Municipal Judge and practicing attorney, bringing over 20 years of experience to the department in criminal law, having represented clients in both Federal and State Courts. He has wide-ranging experience gleaned from the United States Military where he served abroad with the U.S. Marine Corps, and he recently retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard. Furthermore, he offers a vast law enforcement background, having served as a police officer, detective, chief deputy, and a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Clark graduated from Austin Peay State University and the Nashville School of Law.
Richard Hannah Dunavant is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Martin Methodist College. He is a practicing attorney, bringing almost 40 years of experience to the department in criminal law, having practiced in both Federal and State Courts. He has wide-ranging experience gleaned from his positions as a County Attorney, Assistant Public Defender, Deputy District Attorney, Assistant Tennessee Attorney General and City Judge. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, his B.A. from Samford University, and The University of the South (Sewanee).
How you will Benefit from this Program
Because the Criminal Justice degree program at MMC is staffed with seasoned field professionals, students benefit from their combined knowledge gained through years of practical experience in the field. This level of education cannot be replicated from pure academics nor can it be obtained from textbooks sources alone.
Students graduating from the MMC Criminal Justice program are skilled in a wide variety of abilities. Besides the basic knowledge of the development and diversity of the three elemental branches of the Criminal Justice field, students understand how those elements function together and separately. They acquire basic crime scene skills, interview/interrogation skills, practical legal knowledge, a working sense of professional ethics, report writing skills, observational skills, academic writing skills, critical thinking skills, and a sense of comradery that will follow them into their professional lives after graduation.
Quality, Convenience & Growth Potential
Initially, because students are mentored by Criminal Justice professors, they stay on track in the program, not wasting time or money on lasses that will not work toward fulfillment of their graduation requirements. The quality of our educational process has been acclaimed by field professionals in their reports back to us concerning our graduate’s level of excellence in their work.
Because the MMC Criminal Justice degree does not focus on specialization but addresses the field generally, students are exposed to a wide range of potential career options related to the field. Coupled with the field experience of the professorial staff, students are exposed to practical features of the field and the potentials that exist in the "real world."
Careers in Criminal Justice have exploded over the past decades. We have graduates working in everything from traditional enforcement positions, to support positions, to laboratory experts in DNA. Salaries vary according to the job, its location, and function within the field.
- Students will be versed in the history, development, and operational aspects of the criminal justice system in the United States..
- Students will gain practical forensic evidentiary processing skills.
- Students will acquire investigatory, interview and reporting skills.
- Students will obtain an understanding of Federal, state and local laws, both civil and criminal, and the judicial proceedings by which these laws are applied to our society.
- Students will be exposed to the criminal justice field environment and social construct.
Minor in Criminal Justice for Non-Criminal Justice Majors
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Minor in Criminal Justice with a Legal Emphasis
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Homeland Security Minor
Note to CJ Majors: Follow the emphasis in Homeland Security (Page 166 Catalog)
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