Cecil College's Dr. Fundack joins national Criminal Justice committee

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NORTH EAST, Md: The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) has elected Cecil College’s Ashley Fundack, Ph.D., to be the Northeastern Regional Counselor on a national steering committee that will examine and research effective techniques for skill building, curriculum, student development, and instruction for criminal justice programs on the community college level.

As an associate professor of criminal justice at Cecil College, Dr. Fundack’s expertise in the field has made her an ideal candidate for exploring the expectations, emotions, and narrative construction that educators must perfect.

As the Northeastern Regional Counselor on the ACJS’s Community Colleges Section (CCS), Dr. Fundack will work with fellow counselors to serve the interests of students, promote community colleges, develop a criminal justice professional standard body of knowledge through research and theory development, and serve as a resource for interaction between academic sectors to enhance criminal justice education.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be elected to this opportunity and serve such a wonderful academic organization that fosters continued education and research,” said Dr. Fundack, who has attended ACJS conferences to present research projects completed by her Criminal Justice students at Cecil College. “Due to lasting professional relationships, collegiality, and opportunities provided to both me and my students, I am honored to serve the Community Colleges Section and ACJS to advance the criminal justice field and give back to an organization that has been instrumental in my career development.”

This opportunity permits her to work with the CCS president, executive board members, and regional counselors to develop and share best teaching practices. Dr. Fundack will officially take her post in March and serve for two years.

The CCS counsel will gather and evaluate proposals to develop methods that best support students as they build their careers either as practitioners or in academia. They also serve as a resource to foster, encourage and share innovative and creative practice, teaching efforts among members to help build best classroom strategies for teaching criminal justice courses and provide a bridge between the passionate work of our members and the needs of local, state, and federal communities and policymakers as they face the reforms needed to create a fair, inclusive, and functional justice system.

“This will be significant for Cecil College’s criminal justice program and me. It allows me to work with instructors from all over the country, share the best practices getting our program out there and allow me to grow as an instructor,” said Dr. Fundack

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