Corrections School of Staff and Command

Michigan State University will be hosting its Corrections School of Staff and Command in Fall 2017.  This class is designed specifically for individuals that serve as leaders or managers in a correctional facility.   The 400-hour problem-based course utilizes a blend of classroom facilitated learning and cutting edge distance learning technologies.

Problem-based learning (PBL) represents the next generation in criminal justice training by fostering critical thinking, and employing learning philosophies appropriate in today’s correctional environment.

In addition to an outstanding cadre of experts in the field, faculty includes a 1:6 facilitator to learner ratio.


Application Information

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Michigan State University Corrections School of Staff and Command.

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Important Application Info

  • Application Deadline: July 14, 2017
  • Applicant Oral Board Interview Dates: July 24 - 28, 2017
  • Successful Applicants Notified No Later Than: August 7, 2017

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Lieutenant Jim Craig

Lieutenant Jim CraigLt. Jim Craig has been with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and is the Assistant Jail Commander at the Lenawee County Jail. Lt. Craig oversees the day-to-day operations of Lenawee County’s 287 bed facility. Additionally, Lt. Craig is responsible for the security of the Lenawee County Judicial Building and supervises bailiffs, transport officers and a court security deputy.

Lt. Craig is a graduate of Siena Heights University and Michigan State University 11th Class of Staff and Command where he served as Class President. Lt. Craig is an American Jail Association Certified Jail Manager, a certified Corrections Officer and certified Hostage Negotiator. Lt. Craig is a member of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association MISSION Team and is a background investigator. Lt. Craig has received training in courthouse security through the National Sheriff’s Association, the U.S. Marshals Service and ATF

Lt. Craig is married with two children and, in his free time, is a township supervisor and a licensed fly fishing guide.

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Lieutenant (retired) Cindy Herfert

Cynthia Herfert - OutreachCindy Herfert serves as an Outreach Academic Specialist for the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, providing in-service trainings to police officers and military personnel from across the United States. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from MSU. Cindy is a graduate of the 10th MSU School of Staff and Command class. Cindy joined the Flint Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1998. In 2014 Cindy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for the Patrol Division and the Traffic Division. Cindy retired from the Flint Police Department in 2015. Cindy held a variety of positions during her career, including; uniform patrol, undercover narcotics, gang investigation, homicide investigation, planning and budgeting, and community policing.

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Sergeant Kevin Mack

Kevin Mack attended high school in the Detroit area and then continued studies at the University of Detroit while playing Division 1 baseball.  After University, Kevin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman 0351 (Assaultman- rocket launchers and demolitions).  While stationed with 3BN 3MAR, he spent the majority of his time overseas in Southeast Asia, South Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Kevin then took a position as Embassy Security and was posted at the US Consulate in Jerusalem.  Duties included facility security, Top Secret material security, and VIP/Diplomat protection.  Kevin was then posted at the US Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.  During this time period, many off site assignments were conducted in various countries including; South Africa, Iceland, Egypt, and others.

After returning from overseas, Kevin accepted a position with the Livingston County Sheriff Department as a Deputy.  He served multiple duties with LCSD including instruction in weapons systems, riot control, computer systems, and interpersonal communication topics.  He serves as adjunct faculty for Kirtland Community College and also has instructed at the Corrections Academy.  He has attended many training sessions including Michigan State University Staff and Command.

Kevin continues to serve at LCSD at his current rank of Sergeant.  He is posted as a watch commander for the 420 bed correctional facility.  Kevin also serves as the Law Enforcement liaison for the 53rd District Veteran’s Court.

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Audrey Martini

Photo of Audrey MartiniAudrey holds a Bachelors Degree in Police Administration from Michigan State University and an Urban Planning Masters from Wayne State University. She rose through the ranks of the Detroit Police Department retiring as a Lieutenant in 1981. She worked with Lansing Community College, Criminal Justice and Law Center for several years, teaching in the Mid-Michigan Police Academy and working on special projects. In 1991 she was hired full time by the School of Criminal Justice and remained with the School until she retired as the School's Director of Outreach in 2015. She currently works part-time for the School as a co-facilitator for the MSU School of Staff and Command.

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Students are required to complete approximately 12 hours of self-paced online pre-course work prior to the first day of class. The 10-week course of instruction will begin Monday September 25, 2017, with one week of classroom instruction followed by one week of facilitated distance learning. Students will have a two week break prior to the next two weeks of instruction. The course schedule is:

  • September 25-29, 2017- Retreat
  • October 2 - 6, 2017- Distance Learning
  • October 23 - 27, 2017 - Distance Learning
  • October 30 - November 3, 2017 - Classroom Learning
  • November 27 - December 1, 2017 - Distance Learning
  • December 4 - 8, 2017- Classroom Learning
  • January 8 - 12, 2018 - Distance Learning
  • January 22 - 26, 2018 - Classroom Learning
  • February 26 - March 2, 2018 - Distance Learning
  • March 5 - 9, 2018 - Classroom Learning