Dr. Jennifer Freeman-Walker

Chair, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice jlfreemanwalker@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Florida Southern College
Master of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida
PhD in Public Affairs, University of Central Florida


After graduating from Florida Southern College, Dr. Freeman-Walker began her career as a child protection case manager in Polk County, Florida. In 2004, she became a child protection specialist, where she facilitated and co-facilitated Family Team Conferences for those families involved in the child protection system. Two years later, Dr. Freeman-Walker became a child protection supervisor and led a team of case managers that ensured the protection and safety of children within the county.

In 2007, Dr. Freeman-Walker joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as the Senior Research Analyst, where she was involved in the agency’s yearly goals and objectives, yearly Strategic Plan, as well as facilitating internal and external research projects and survey requests. In 2011, she was promoted to Deputy Director of the Records Management Bureau. Dr. Freeman-Walker oversaw agency compliance with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement guidelines and audit procedures as they pertained to the Criminal Justice Information System; as well as agency compliance with the Florida Department of Highway and Safety Motor Vehicle guidelines and audit protocols. She oversaw requests for public records within the Records Management Bureau, while ensuring compliance with Florida State Statute. In addition, Dr. Freeman-Walker ensured the completion and accuracy of the agency’s semi-annual and annual Florida Uniform Crime Report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Dr. Freeman-Walker has previously taught in the criminal justice program at Polk State College.   She received a Graduate Certificate in Corrections Leadership from the University of Central Florida. In addition, she is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager’s Program and the Florida Sheriff’s Association Commander’s Academy.