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Mission Statement: The purpose and objectives of the Community College Section are to bring together all divisions of the criminal justice discipline to serve the interests of our students and their futures; to promote the role of the community colleges and others of similar interest in teaching; to develop a criminal justice professional common body of knowledge through research and theory development; to serve as a resource network for interaction between academic, research, practitioner, and policy-making sectors; to develop and assist in organizing the annual conference sessions on community college issues; and to encourage the representation of the Section throughout the ACJS organization.

 

Section News: The Community College Section is seeking individuals interested in service to the Section. Service may take many forms including, but not limited to, serving as an officer of the Section, serving on the various Section committees (Program, Constitution and Bylaws, Membership, Awards, Communications, Nominations and Elections), or facilitating the presentation of papers and roundtable discussions at the annual conference. We gladly welcome any member of the Academy who shares our interests and goals.

Membership: To join the section, current ACJS members should send a request to the National Office at manager@acjs.org to receive an invoice, which you can pay by check or credit card; Non-members of ACJS first join ACJS via the Membership page - https://www.acjs.org/page/MembershipInfo and add the Community College Section as an option before you check-out and pay. 

Section membership dues are $10 annually.

Be sure to routinely update your member profile, particularly if you change your email address or institution, to ensure you receive current news and information from the Section!

Section Awards: The Awards Committee shall consider awards as appropriate, subject to approval by the Section’s Executive Board and the Executive Board of the ACJS. Section members who feel an award should be presented to a deserving individual should contact the Chair of the Section for additional information.

Executive Board: Current members of the Executive Board as of June 2019:

President
Tretha Harris
Dallas County Community College District
Email: tharris@dcccd.edu
Phone: 214-267-8712
Term of office ends: March 2021- President becomes Immediate Past president at ACJS 2021 membership meeting

Vice President
Jessica Noble
Lewis & Clark Community College
Email: jbnelson@lc.edu
Phone: 573.645.0212
Term of office ends: March 2021- Vice President becomes President at ACJS 2021 membership meeting

Secretary/Treasurer
Chris Utecht
College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)
Email: CUtecht@clcillinois.edu
Phone: 847.543.2944
Term of office ends: March 2020

Immediate Past Chair
Tim Davis
Madisonville Community College (Madisonville, KY)
Email: timothy.davis@kctcs.edu
Phone: 270.824.8613
Term of office ends: March 2021

Northeast Region Executive Counselor
Jason Paynich
Quincy College (Quincy, MA)
Email: jpaynich@quincycollege.edu
Phone: 617.984.1639
Term of office ends: March 2021

Midwestern Region Executive Counselor
Jessica Noble
Lewis & Clark Community College
Email: jbnelson@lc.edu
Phone: 573.645.0212
Term of office ends: March 2021

Southern Region Executive Counselor
F. Wayne Laney, Jr
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Email: frank.laney@rccc.edu
Phone: 704.216.3883
Term of office ends: March 2022

Western Region Executive Counselor
Holly Dershem-Bruce
Dawson Community College (Glendive, MT)
Email: hdershem@dawson.edu
Phone: 406.377.9432
Term of office ends: March 2021

History: The Community College section was formally recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in March 1995 and was one of the earliest sections to be established with ACJS. Since then the Section has been instrumental in helping build the skills of many college instructors over the years and continues to assist members in becoming better at their trade-instruction.