Marcy, Hehnly, PhD
Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

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, Police Patrol Operations, Ethics, Police Administration, Juvenile Justice & Delinquency, Corrections, and Criminology. She is a gradute of the New Faculty Teaching Scholars Program and is also a Service Learning Faculty Mentor. In addition, Dr. Hehnly works closely with the Women's Success Center as well as the Veteran's Center on various assigned projects to include speaking engagements.

Since teaching at Utah Valley University, Dr. Hehnly has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards totaling over $30,000 for project implementation, training for faculty members, and continuing education. She serves on multiple committees to include the Inclusion/Diversity Committee, Criminal Justice Assessment Review Committee, College of Aviation and Criminal Justice Curriculum Committee, and the Service Learning Faculty Committee. She engages her community by serving on the Utah Department of Child and Family Services Outreach Committee and works directly with this foster care program. She also continues to train law enforcement officers on the topic of diversity and racial profiling, child sexual abuse, and incident response to terrorist bombings. 

In addition to teaching at UVU, Dr. Hehnly continues to teach at Reinhardt University 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 has experience teaching in Masters of Public Administration, Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice, and Associate degree programs.

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. She continues to train on this topic as a facilitator of the "Darkness to Light Stewards of Children" program at Utah Valley University. 


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