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ACJS 54th Annual Meeting
“Linking Teaching, Practice, and Research”
March 21-25, 2017
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, MO


2017 Annual Meeting Internet Sponsor



2017 DRAFT ACJS Annual Meeting Program
The 2017 DRAFT ACJS Annual Meeting Program is now available for review by clicking here.  Please review the program for your presentation date and time.  The file contains the program, a participant directory by event number, and a participant directory with email contacts.

To search the program:
1.  Click Find in the Edit drop-down menu or by pressing Control-F.
2.  In the Find on page box, enter the test that you want to search for.
3.  Click Enter to search the document.

This is a large PDF file.  Please allow time to download before beginning your search. 

If you find that you have a conflict and need to move a paper presentation, you must first locate another panel to move your paper to, contact the new panel chair to obtain permission for the move, and then notify the ACJS Association Manager ( of the change details.  Please remember that a panel ideally should have a minimum of three papers if at all possible, and should not have more than five. 

Changes to the draft program must be received by December 31, 2016.  After that date, any additional changes will be noted in the final program document which will be posted online the week before the Annual Meeting.  Changes submitted to the draft program will only be noted in the final program document posted in 2017.  This draft program will not be updated to reflect each edit submitted.


To access the 2017 Abstracts as of January 12, 2017, click here.

PLEASE NOTE:  LCD projections will be available in the meeting rooms.  No overhead projectors or computers will be provided.  If you require an HDMI connection to the LCD projector, please bring a cable with you or contact our audio-visual provider prior to your session and request that one be provided for you.  The audio-visual contact number will be posted in the meeting mobile app.  Additional audio-visual equipment is the responsibility of the presenter.  Individuals wanting additional equipment must either bring equipment to the conference or make the necessary rental arrangements through the ACJS audio-visual provider.  Please contact the Association Manager for rental information –






As crime and criminal justice topics continue to dominate the news, reporters at mainstream media outlets need credible, knowledgeable and prepared experts to address trending issues. During this media training workshop, the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA) will provide resources, tips and best practices to help you promote your findings with target audiences. Learn how to establish relationships with reporters, manage tough questions and leverage social media to ensure your research is accurately represented. Whether you have been interviewed a dozen times or have yet to create a Twitter account, this workshop will offer useful tips for experts with varied degrees of experience. Reporters need your expertise and want to know about your findings – learn how to make your voice heard in the national crime and criminal justice discussion.   if you require more information, you can email Caitlin Kizielewicz at

This workshop is open to all interested ACJS attendees and is free of charge but pre-registration is required.  Registration is limited to twenty (20) participants and is on a first-come basis. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 23, 9AM - 12:15 PM, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. To register, please go to and open the Media Training Workshop event in the calendar on the home page (you made need to click the "more" button to see all the events).  The registration deadline is February 28, 2017.







Interested in improving your teaching or in developing teaching skills?  You won’t want to miss the ninth annual ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop that will be held Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017, and continued on Wednesday morning, March 22, 2017, during the upcoming ACJS Annual Meeting in Kansas City.  This workshop is designed to help faculty develop new and innovative ways of teaching.  Experienced teachers and scholars will facilitate the sessions, offer information about creating and facilitating online courses, present tips for submitting manuscripts to journals, suggest techniques on how to be productive and find time to write, and much more.

This workshop is open to all interested ACJS attendees and is free of charge but pre-registration is required.  Registration is limited to sixty (60) participants and is on a first-come basis.  SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award winners will be pre-registered for the workshop.

To register, please go to and open the Sage Teaching Workshop event in the calendar on the home page.  You must be able to attend both sessions of the workshop to be eligible to register.  The registration deadline is February 28, 2017.






The ACJS Assessment Committee and Peregrine Academics are proud to announce the Second Annual Assessment Workshop to be held at the Kansas City Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 21 from 1:30-5:30.


If you have not heard the term assessment, you soon will. If you are wondering what assessment is, how it works, or just want to exchange ideas on best practices, this workshop is for you. Topics will include an introduction to assessment, creating assessment at the course and program levels and the relationship between assessment and accreditation. Time will be available to share best practices and ideas with your fellow attendees. A tentative agenda is listed below. Food will be available thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Peregrine Academics.


Registration is free, but space is limited in order to provide a chance for meaningful interaction among the workshop participants.




1:30-1:45         Introductions and Overview of Workshop -- Stephanie Mizrahi, California State University, Sacramento. Coordinator, ACJS Assessment Workshop


1:45-3:00         Assessing Courses

                        What is Assessment and Why Do We Do It? -- Paul Gormley, Lynn University

                        Assessing Outcomes in Large Classes -- Mary Ann Zagar, Florida Gulf Coast University

                        Developing and Assessing Online Courses Using a Standards Model -- Elycia S. Daniel Roberson, Texas Southern University

                        What Type of Course? Comparing Assessment Across Delivery Methods -- Suman KakarFlorida International University


3:00 3:15         Break


3:15-4:30         Assessing Programs

                        Assessing Programs Through a Capstone Course -- Barbara Peat, University of Texas El Paso

                        Assessing Programs Through Internships and Thesis -- Gregory Plumb, Park University

                        Small Program Assessment -- A Seven-Year Review -- Courtney A Waid-Lindberg, Northern State University

                        Evaluating Learning Outcomes Using Third Party Assessment Services -- Olin Oedekoven, Peregrine Academics, Co-Sponsor of ACJS Assessment Workshop


4:30-5:30         Table Topics (Each table moderated/lead by our panel speakers)

Participants will have a chance to join different breakout tables with our presenters to focus on issues of particular interest to them. Workshop    presenters serve as moderators for the conversations. This will be the chance for folks to exchange experiences with creating assessment.


Table 1: Creating Course-Level Outcomes

Table 2: Creating Program-Level Outcomes

Table 3: Online Assessment

Table 4: Large Course Assessment

Table 5: Capstone Thesis Courses and Exit Exams

Table 6: Assessment Plans and General Program Assessment


To register, please go to the event site.




Host Hotel:
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
300 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO  64105


NOTE:  Some nights are now full at the Kansas City Marriott. 


Overflow Hotel:
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO  64105

Click here for hotel and reservation information.
Click here to see an explanation of the importance of staying at our host hotel.

Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsorship Information:

Deadline for Program Advertising, Exhibit Booth Reservations, and Sponsorships:  January 31, 2017
Click here for Exhibitor, Advertising, and Sponsorship Information.  You can pay online or print an invoice for payment.

Meeting Pre-Registration:
All registrants agree to comply with the ACJS Code of Ethics, which can be found by clicking here.

Click here to pre-register.  You can register online or print an invoice for payment.

Member Pre-Registration:  $130.00

Non-Member Pre-Registration:  $170.00

Student Pre-Registration:  $30.00

Senior Pre-Registration (65 and over):  $50.00

Spouse Pre-Registration:  $50.00

All Registration Fees are Non-Refundable.
Pre-Registration Deadline:  February 15, 2017
After February 15, 2017, all registrations will be conducted onsite.

*All Graduate Student registrations include a one-year membership to ACJS.  Please be sure to send proof of graduate student status to once registered to receive your free membership.  If you have been granted a Free Ph.D. Student Membership or Free Graduate Student Membership in the past, you are not eligible to take advantage of this offer more than once.



ACJS has obtained a SuperShuttle group discount for our Annual Meeting attendees to use when traveling to/from the Kansas City airport to the host hotel.  The group discount code is SAE8H.  This code is valid for $6 off of each round trip/shared ride purchased for travel from March 12 - April 2, 2017.  The group discount link is: 

Upon arrival at MCI (Kansas City airport), you will want to collect your luggage, then check in at the SuperShuttle office located just across from baggage claim inside the terminal.  If you would rather make your reservations over the phone, you may do so by calling 1.800.BLUEVAN (258.3826) and give the agent the discount code SAE8H. *There is a $3 fee for making a reservation with an agent over the phone.


Upcoming ACJS Annual Meetings:

February 13 – 17, 2018  New Orleans, LA 
March 26 – 30, 2019 Baltimore, Maryland
March 24 – 28, 2020 San Antonio, TX
April 13 – 17, 2021 Orlando, FL
March 15 – 19, 2022
Las Vegas, NV