Dr. Marcy Hehnly has taught at Reinhardt University since 2013 as an adjunct professor. She also currently teaches at Chattahoochee Technical College and Kennesaw State University. She has taught courses in 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. In addition, Hehnly is currently the faculty director of service learning and community engagement at Chattahoochee Technical College. In this position, she is responsible for providing leadership in the development, marketing and implementation of service learning across all campuses of the college. She is also responsible for coordinating activities through community partners while building and maintaining partnerships with community non-profit organizations and public agencies across metro Atlanta.
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 10 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 examines police investigators’ attitudes towards victims of crime, and she plans to continue this research to increase 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 combines 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, and she has been nominated for Teacher of the Year for the last four years (2009-2013). As someone who actively engages in community outreach and service in various communities, she has been recognized with several leadership awards, serves on a grant writing team for Voice Today, Inc., has been recognized with the Sam Olen’s Business Community Service Award and was a nominee for the Cobb County Commission & Cobb Community Relations Council Creating Communities Award.