New criminal justice professor hired

Penelope Dunn will be the new assistant professor of Criminal Justice at MCCC this fall.

Dunn spent 23 years with the Trenton Police Force, serving as a Patrol Officer, Deputy Chief, Detective Sergeant and Lieutenant.

For the last eight years, she has taught part-time at Henry Ford Community College, where she recently developed a Computer Forensics Force.

“She has tons of experience; exactly what we’re looking for, for this particular position,” Dr. Grace Yackee, vice president of Instruction, said at the May 24 Board of Trustees meeting.

The Board approved Dunn’s contract with the college for the 2010-2011 academic year at the meeting.

Dunn holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University.

“Just to put this in perspective, we had 117 applicants for this position,” Yackee said.

Dunn will start at MCCC for the Fall 2010 semester. She replaces Tom Norstrom, professor of Political Science and Business Law, who retired at the end of fall semester.