Marcy Hehnly

Faculty Member

Marcy Hehnly


Dr. Marcy Hehnly has taught at Utah Valley University since Fall 2014 having moved to Utah from Atlanta, Georgia. Since being employed at UVU, she has been teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Ethics, Policing, Juvenile Justice, Criminology, a Domestic Multicultural Experience to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and many more. She teaches in the graduate and undergraduate program.

Marcy's background includes her active duty military service in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer while achieving the rank of sergeant in her five years. Upon exiting the military, Marcy took her training and became a member of the Cobb County Police Department located in Marietta, Georgia. Here she served as a patrolman, a field training officer, a narcotics agent, and a recruiter for the police department. After serving CCPD for 10 years, Marcy moved into teaching higher education.

Marcy has a passion for community engagement and encourages her students to do the same through service projects. Through this, she mentors first generation students as well as students working on community-based projects.

As a scholar-practitioner, her research has focused on law enforcement as well as crimes against children. Her dissertation focused on police investigators' attitudes towards victims of crime. Because of her current community-based projects which focus on mental wellness of first responders, she has been concentrating on these topics for her current research.

In her free time, Marcy enjoys traveling, the outdoors, her dogs and spending time with her family!


CJ 3400

Drugs and Crime, Summer 2024

CJ 1300

Introduction to Corrections Process, Summer 2024

CJ 4200

Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, Spring 2024

CJ 1300

Introduction to Corrections Process, Spring 2024

CJ 1390

Introduction to Policing, Spring 2024

CJ 2330

Juvenile Justice, Spring 2024

CJ 2330

Juvenile Justice, Spring 2024


Hehnly, Marcy (Presenter & Author), Utah LIFE 2024, "A Journey Through Trauma and Building Support", Project Overwatch, Park City Utah. (April 19, 2024)
Hehnly, Marcy (Presenter & Author), Veteran Outdoor Leadership Summit, "Military Transition to Civilian Life", National Ability Center, Park City Utah. (April 13, 2024)
Hehnly, Marcy (Presenter & Author), Roberts, Havalah (Co-Presenter), Wynn, Tiana (Co-Presenter), UWHEN Conference, "Cultivating Confidence_ Mentorship and Mental and Resilience in Women", Utah Women in Higher Education, Utah Valley University. (April 5, 2024)
Hehnly, Marcy (Presenter & Author), 2024 Mental Health and Wellness Summit, "Married, Divorced, Single_ How you manage through trauma", Utah Valley University, Utah Valley University. (March 22, 2024)
Hehnly, Marcy (Presenter & Author), LIFE Women's First Responder Retreat, "Being Single Through Trauma ", Project Overwatch, Park City Utah. (April 26, 2023)
Hehnly, Marcy (Author Only), LIFE 2023 , "Using Your Voice Through Marriage and Trauma", Project Overwatch, Heber Utah. (April 21, 2023)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Hehnly, Marcy , (2024) "LIFE Utah women first responder retreat" .
Hehnly, Marcy , (2024) "LIFE Women's First Responder retreat Georgia" .


Faculty Student Advocate Award

Student Success Office - April 30, 2024

I won this award for my support and mentorship of students at UVU.

Saluting Our Heroes

National Ability Center - November, 2023

I receive an award for being a veteran, a police officer, and a community collaborator from the National Ability Center. This also required me to do a presentation at the event on stage in front of approximately 200 attendees.