Dr. Marcy, Hehnly
Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice
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Last Updated: 12/4/16 -

Dr. Marcy Hehnly has taught at Utah Valley University since Fall 2014 having moved to Utah from Atlanta Georgia. She currently teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections and Criminology. She is currently attending the New Faculty Teaching Scholars Program and is also in training to become a Service Learning Faculty Fellow. In addtion, Dr. Hehnly works closely with the Women's Success Center on various assigned projects to include speaking on the subject of domestic violence.

In addition to teaching at UVU, Dr. Hehnly continues to teach at Reinhardt University and Kennesaw State University both located in Georgia. Her teaching expertise covers: introduction to criminal justice, ethics, corrections, principles of law enforcement, police administration, criminal procedure, constitutional law, victimology, criminology, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, contemporary issues in criminal justice, and criminal law. She teaches in both the Masters of Public Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program’s between both schools.

In addition to Dr. Hehnly’s experience in teaching, she was the Faculty Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement at Chattahoochee Technical College located in Marietta Georgia. In this position, she was responsible for providing leadership in the development, marketing, and implementation of service learning across all campuses of the college. Additionally, she was responsible for coordinating activities through community partners while building and maintaining partnerships with community non-profit organizations and public agencies across the Metro-Atlanta area.

Professionally, Dr. Hehnly served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer for five years and was previously employed by the Cobb County Police Department as an officer for ten years. She has worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a narcotics agent, and a recruiter for the police while employed by CCPD.

As a scholar-practitioner, her research focuses on law enforcement as well as crimes against children. Her dissertation focused on police investigators’ attitudes towards victims of crime and she plans to continue this research to increases law enforcement data in this area. Additionally, she has been instrumental in the creation of the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Conference, collaborating among two different college/university institutions, multiple programs, and across multiple campuses. The conference also combined community leaders, students, faculty, staff, law enforcement, and various other government agencies in an effort to educate the public throughout various metro-Atlanta counties.

Dr. Hehnly is currently a member for the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia, has been nominated for Teacher of the Year for the last four years (2009-2013), has been recognized with several leadership awards, has been recognized with the Sam Olen’s Business Community Service Award, was a nominee for the Cobb County Commission & Cobb Community Relations Council Creating Communities Award, and actively engages in community outreach and service in various communities.


Capella University- 2013

PhD- Human Services concentration in Criminal Justice


Troy State University-2004

MSHRM- Masters of Science in Human Resource Management


Troy State University- 1998

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training- 1998

Basic Law Enforcement Certification