Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Alecia C. Schmidt began working at Missouri Valley College as an Adjunct College Professor in August 2010 and began teaching on the campus full-time in August 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.
Prior to joining the Missouri Valley College faculty, she served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Her final 8-years were dedicated to working in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps as a paralegal and court reporter. During this time, in addition to her many duties in those challenging rolls she developed educational curriculum for over 300 students on official military investigations, compliance with the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act, and Courts-Martial. Military Investigations, which serve as a commanding officerís primary, means of determining whether violations of military law have occurred and whether or not a court martial or a captainís mast needed to be convened. Under federal law, courts-martial mirror civilian criminal courts, with opposing counsel, a judge, and a jury. Courts-marital use the Federal Rules of Evidence and defendants have the same due process rights afforded civilian criminals. Alecia personally developed a curriculum and taught several courses on courts martial, as well as various relevant federal statutes.
Additionally, Ms. Schmidt served as Government Counsel to more than 75 Administrative Boards. Along with courts-martial, administrative boards serve as the primary means of removing personnel from the military when they commit misconduct. The boards, which consist of three members from the defendantís command, determine whether a preponderance of the evidence supports a finding of criminal misconduct, whether guilty sailors should be retained or separated, and how the Navy should characterize their service. Under the Navyís ďZero ToleranceĒ drug policy, administrative boards are automatically convened whenever a sailor tests positive for illegal drugs. As Government Counsel, Alecia presented evidence, examined witnesses, and argued the governmentís case.
Alecia completed her education in Criminal Justice while on active duty receiving a Bachelorís degree in Criminal Justice and graduating Cum Laude from Chapman University. Her follow on studies were with Boston University culminated in receiving a Master of Criminal Justice. Prior to leaving the military, she taught Criminal Justice for Chapman University at the military station in Oak Harbor, Washington. Upon leaving the Navy, she and her husband, Jeff decided on the Midwest as their destination for retirement where she taught Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies for Wentworth Military Academy and College. They have purchased a home on 5-acres in the small town of Corder, Missouri were they are very happy in that community with their three labs.