A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola & Lake Nona Campuses
I am delighted to announce that Dr. James McDonald has been selected to serve as dean of career and technical programs at the Osceola Campus. Dr. McDonald will begin in his new role at Valencia on Monday, August 11, 2014.
Dr. McDonald had most recently served as a tenured faculty member at Valencia and program chair for the Criminal Justice Technology A.S. degree program since August 2008. Prior to his faculty role, he coordinated professional development courses for police and corrections officers and coordinated a state corrections academy while employed with the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) from February 2007 until receiving his faculty appointment. Before starting his career at Valencia, Dr. McDonald worked at the Orlando Police Department for 17 years, where he served in various capacities, ranging from patrol officer, to field training officer, to SWAT team member, police sergeant and finally recruiting and field training manager. He also proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies from the University of Central Florida in 1999 and his Master’s in Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida in 2000. He received his doctorate in public affairs from UCF in 2012, where his research examined organizational and biographical correlates of burnout among police and corrections officers.
Recently, Dr. McDonald had an article accepted for publication in the “Journal of Peace Education” on his work developing a peace and conflict course in criminal justice. In the area of peace and conflict studies, he attended the “Teaching Peace in the 21st Century” workshop at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, as well as workshops at Eastern Mennonite University on conflict assessment and developing peacebuilding programs. In 2013, he was awarded the Patricia Havell Whalen Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences to develop a study abroad program to Northern Ireland and was recognized for Teaching and Leadership Excellence by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).
Please help make Dr. McDonald feel welcome at his new home at the Osceola Campus!