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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jesse McKee

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jesse McKee
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jesse McKee

Jesse McKee, Ph.D., has been named program coordinator for Lenoir-Rhyne University's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership program which will launch this fall.

McKee has a doctorate degree in criminology and criminal justice, and comes to LR after most recently serving as a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Pfeiffer University. His experience in the criminal justice field includes work with the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. McKee has also been involved with research projects related to juvenile justice, domestic violence, American Indian tribal courts, high-risk sex offenders, and religion as it relates to prisoner misconduct.

"I plan on inspiring Lenoir-Rhyne students in a way where they recognize that their leadership in the field of criminal justice is what can impact the communities they serve in many positive ways," McKee said. "In a broader sense, this helps promote responsible leadership for service in the world which is part of Lenoir-Rhyne's overall mission."

LR's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership program is designed to prepare students for work in a variety of criminal justice administrative positions, including areas of local, state, and federal law enforcement, probation, courts, corrections, victim services, and criminal justice advocacy. According to McKee, LR's program is unique because it incorporates leadership curriculum. "The practical nature of this program, with its emphasis on leadership, sets it apart from traditional criminal justice master's programs," he said. "I'm excited to help prepare Lenoir-Rhyne students for becoming leaders within various criminal justice agencies."

Offered through LR's College of Arts and Sciences, the criminal justice master's degree program requires 39 credit hours for completion. Curriculum includes 24 hours of core leadership classes in the areas of business, education, and leadership. An additional 15 hours of course work covers specialized topics in criminal justice such as criminology, criminal justice administration and management, and criminal justice analytics and policy. Students will also be required to complete an internship experience within the criminal justice field.

Learn more at lr.edu/cjleadership.