Program Overview

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 professorial staff focuses on the practical application of in class information, relating it to how the actual functioning of the material taught in real life circumstances. 

Due to the relative small size of class 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 dedication of the professorial staff is a commodity beyond purchase and is a trait of the superiority of their field experience.

Martin Methodist College Criminal Justice Program Staff

Richard Schoeberl, has been a professor with the Criminal Justice Program at Martin Methodist College since 2014 and is the current Program Chair. He has over 22 years of security and law enforcement experience, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He has served at 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 member of the agency’s SWAT program. In addition to the FBI and NCTC, he is an author 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 has authored numerous articles on terrorism and security.

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 teaches both introductory and upper-level courses.  Daniel also works as an Adjunct Professor at Western International University, teaching International Business and Public Policy courses for their online Masters programs. Daniel 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.  Professor Scherr primarily served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and left as a Captain after spending time in command, operations, and multiple other functions.  After the military, Daniel 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. Professor Scherr is now a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Public Policy Administration with a Concentration in Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace at Walden University, with an expected graduation date in 2017.  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 PhD 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 a Municipal Judge and practicing attorney bringing 16 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 now serves with 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. Andy graduated from Austin Peay State University and the Nashville School of Law.

Hunter Aldridge is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Martin Methodist College.  He joined the program in the Fall of the 2014 school year, and teaches both introductory and upper-level courses. He has been with the Huntsville Police Department since 2004, where he has worked diligently to continue training and academic learning.  He services the Huntsville Police Department in Mobile Field Force (IRT), a specialized unit formed to deal with first response issues ranging from barricaded subjects to civil unrest.  He is trained as a “protestor device specialist” in which he analyzes device protestors. He serves as a field training officer responsible for the training of new officers coming directly from the academy.  In this position he has taught new officers survival and investigation skills that would allow them to carry out their daily calls for service in a professional and safe manor. He holds a bachelors in Criminal Justice from Athens State and a Masters from Auburn at Montgomery.  He is currently in the process to pursue his Doctorate within the same field. 

Amy R. Arnold, MMFT, BCPC, CRS is a life-long native of Giles County, Tennessee.  She is an alumna of Richland High School, Lynnville, Tennessee, Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, Tennessee and Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee wherein she obtained a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy.  Amy’s career has been devoted to the legal profession for approximately 30 years, succeeding from legal receptionist, to paralegal, to civil and family mediator.  The law firms in which she worked practiced in civil, criminal, domestic, corporate, estate and family law.  Amy has owned and operated a successful mediation practice for the past ten (10) years and coordinated the mediation practice of civil/family mediation and marriage and family therapy/education for the past six (6) years. She is a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and American Psychotherapy Association. Through extensive education and training, Amy obtained the distinction of being listed as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Civil and Family Mediator.  Her certifications include Domestic Violence Mediator, Elder Care Mediator, civil/criminal paralegal, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) therapist, Board Certified Professional Counselor in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Certified Relationship Specialist.  She currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Martin Methodist College teaching psychology and criminal justice, as well as maintaining a private practice. 

Richard Hannah Dunavant – 931-363-7389 – richard.dunavant@gmail.com

Degrees - J.D. cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1977, B.A., and The University of the South (Sewanee), 1974. Eighteen graduate hours, Criminal Justice, Tennessee State University, 2004-2006, 2018 (MCJ in progress), Three graduate hours, Criminal Justice, University of Memphis, 2013. Three graduate hours, Vanderbilt University, Liberal Arts and Science, 2013. Prosecutor Course, Northwestern University School of Law, 1988.

Teaching Experience – Instructor, 2006, National Advocacy Center, University of South Carolina, Trial Advocacy.  Served as Faculty 2004, National White-Collar Crime Center, Adjunct Instructor 2007-2008, 2018. Martin Methodist College courses: Criminology, Police Organizations, & Correction.  Served as Instructor, 1982-2002, Giles County Sheriff’s Department, Pulaski Police Department, Lawrenceburg Police Department, Ardmore Police Department. Courses: Annual law Training.

Licenses – License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1977.

Related Employment – Legal Consultant, Private, 2017, County Attorney, Giles County, 2014-2015, Assistant Public Defender, 2011-2014, Deputy District Attorney, 2007-2011, Assistant Tennessee Attorney General, 2002-2006, Assistant District Attorney, 1982-2002, and City Judge, Elkton, 1979-1980

 

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 cannot be replicated from pure academics nor can it be obtained from textbooks sources.

 

Skills

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. 

Growth Potential

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."

Job Opportunities

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.

 

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Students will be versed in the history, development, and operational aspects of the criminal justice system in the United States.
  2. Students will gain practical forensic evidentiary processing skills.
  3. Students will acquire investigatory, interview and reporting skills.
  4. 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.
  5. Students will be exposed to the criminal justice field environment and social construct.

To view the curriculum in its entirety, visit here. For advising forms, click here.

Minor in Criminal Justice for Non-Criminal Justice Majors

To view class requirements click here.

Minor in Criminal Justice with a Legal Emphasis

To view class requirements click here.

Homeland Security Minor 

Note to CJ Majors: Follow the emphasis in Homeland Security (Page 166 Catalog)

To view class requirements click here.

Martin Methodist College

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