Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
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Purpose: The purpose of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Section is to bring together Academy members to serve as a multifaceted resource to assist faculty, practitioners, students, administrators, and concerned citizens in their integration of innovative and effective teaching and learning techniques, and the scholarship of teaching within the field of criminal justice education and training.
 
Membership: Any current regular member or student member of ACJS is welcomed as a new member. Section dues are $20 for regular members and FREE for students.  We are one of the newest sections but have a growing membership and we look forward to recruiting new members who have a passion for teaching, learning and scholarship to help our section thrive.  

To join the TLS section, current ACJS members should contact Cathy Barth, Association Manager, at manager@acjs.org; non-members of ACJS can join ACJS and the section online or by following the instructions available on the Membership page of the ACJS website.

Also, you can find us on Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/tls_acjs

Member Benefits: Our section website and email list serve as a way for us to share various research and teaching ideas among our members.  Our website is a place where we can share syllabi, teaching strategies, rubrics, and online as well as in-class assignments to use in our courses.   

Your annual dues provide you the opportunity to attend any social gathering and general business meeting held at the ACJS annual conference.  They also give you access to our webpage, allow you to be eligible for section awards and you will receive the TLS section newsletter where members may submit materials for publication.  The newsletter also includes updates on section events, board membership as well as general membership.

We look forward to having you as a member of the TLS Section.

Section Awards: The TLS section awards recognize outstanding contributions to teaching, learning, and scholarship in criminal justice. Members are encouraged to nominate colleagues that have exhibited dedication to innovative and evidence-based teaching and learning methods that result in research-based expanded student learning.  Self-nominations are also welcomed.

TLS Fellow Award in recognition of distinguished contribution to criminal justice education. This award honors a criminal justice faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to teaching and learning. It requires at least five years of teaching criminal justice, criminology, or related courses.  The TLS Fellows Award is considered the highest honor of the Section and reflects long-term and substantial contributions to the fields of teaching and learning.  Winners will receive a $100 cash award, a plaque of recognition, and will be honored at the annual TLS Section General Business Meeting. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged.

TLS Innovative Design Award in recognition of an outstanding and innovative pedagogical method in criminal justice.  Winners will receive a $50 cash award, a plaque of recognition, and will be honored at the annual TLS Section General Business Meeting. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged

TLS Outstanding Scholarship Award in recognition of an outstanding article on teaching or learning in criminal justice published within the past two years.  Winners will receive a $50 cash award, a plaque of recognition, and will be honored at the annual TLS Section General Business Meeting. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged

Executive Board: Current members of the Executive Board are as follows:

Chair – Colby Valentine, Long Island University
Term of office ends: ACJS 2018
Vice Chair – Vacant
(Vice Chair becomes Chair of the Section in 2018)
Secretary/Treasurer – Jeff Rush, Troy University
Term of office ends: ACJS 2017
Executive Counselor – Daniela Peterka-Benton, Fredonia State University of New York
Term of office ends: ACJS 2017 (3-year term)
Executive Counselor – Karen Miner-Romanoff, Franklin University
Term of office ends: ACJS 2018  (3-year term)
Executive Counselor – Jonathan McCombs, Franklin University
Term of office ends: ACJS 2019 (3-year term)
Student Representative – Vacant
(1-year term)

For questions or comments about the Section or this webpage, please email Colby.Valentine@liu.edu