Breakout Session: Stepping into an Adjunct Role: What’s Next?

Jennifer L. Schaefer

Presentation Description
Session is provided for those adjuncts part or full time entering the academia field with minimal experience teaching. The teaching may be composed of multiple topics, but a welcome session to those entering the field and basic ideations when considering the traditional 2-4 year student population and cross comparison with the various institutional opportunities in current market and educational arena.

Jennifer L. Schaefer is a Loss Prevention Professional with 15 plus years of proven successful experience in the legal (state, county and city levels), retail and quick service restaurant arenas.  My professional career comprises of work in a multitude of arenas such as i.e. Volunteers of America Correctional Facility Shift Manager and Volunteers in Corrections: DWI Unit.

A graduate from the College of St. Benedict with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and German minor. A graduate of Concordia University - St. Paul with my master's in Criminal Justice Leadership.

Professional career began in the legal system working for the Second Judicial District in Ramsey County for Judge Gary W. Bastian. An opportunity to work in the retail arena for Target Corporation arose whereas managing teams focused on safeness, theft and fraud. I worked in several cities and towns throughout Minnesota and Texas during the four year tenure. The management role encompassed leading productive and efficient teams and working closely with employee relations as an internal investigator on matters involving time clock fraud, payroll fraud, previous criminal history, unemployment hearings, hostile work environment matters and much more.

Currently, position spans 8 plus years in the Loss Prevention Department for Caribou Coffee Company. The position is multi-faceted overseeing the management of the department and activity for 410 company owned stores. Current role in Loss Prevention encompasses employee relation matters with Human Resource partners, quality assurance, brand/ logo infringement and other legal areas. Position has been instrumental in developing, drafting and implementing a number of new programs to reduce loss and improve accountability. Partnerships have been developed with various local and state agencies to ensure involvement in task force meetings and contributions to departmental forces.

A current sitting Board member (President) on the state-wide association for crime prevention (MCPA). Speaking engagements have included Bloomington Roll Call (televised law enforcement station), Plymouth Police Department Guest, Quarterly Retail Coalition Meetings, and a local suburban television show on Retail Crime Prevention. Part-time adjunct instructor with the Criminal Justice Department at ITT Technical Institute located in Eden Prairie. Courses taught are as follows, but does not exclude other speaking engagements including a keynote presentation to Concordia University May 2012: Criminal Law, Criminology, Capstone and Law Enforcement Reporting and Writing class. A professional, who is fast-paced, growth-orientated focused on team leadership/ development, recruitment, and implementation of directed programs.
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