2014 ACJS Awards and Selection Criteria
2014 ACJS Academy Awards
Bruce Smith Sr. Award
Academy Fellow Award
Academy Founder's Award
Outstanding Book Award
The William L. Simon/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Paper Award
The Michael C. Braswell/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Student Paper Award
SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award
ACJS Minority Mentorship Grant Award
Donal MacNamara Award
Outstanding Mentor Awards (Non-Competitive)
2014 Student Scholarship Awards
2014 Affirmative Action Awards
2014 ACJS Section Awards
2014 ACJS Academy Awards
Bruce Smith Sr. Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations to be sent to: Geoffrey P. Alpert, email@example.com. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to criminal justice as an academic or professional endeavor. Award recipients are expected to attend the ACJS annual meeting and to make a presentation on their research at that meeting. Membership in the Academy is not a requirement. Prior recipients of the Bruce Smith Sr. Award are not eligible for nomination. Previous and current award recipients are available at: http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3526.cfm and http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3525.cfm.
- Demonstration of leadership in the administration of criminal justice as an academic and/or professional discipline in a manner which reflects the highest standards of integrity and performance.
- Active involvement in criminal justice research or other endeavor which has made substantial contributions to the emerging body of knowledge in criminal justice.
Academy Fellow Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations to be sent to: Martin D. Schwartz, email@example.com. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a distinguished contribution to justice education and scholarship. Prior recipients of the Academy Fellow Award are not eligible for nomination. Previous and current award recipients are available at: http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3526.cfm and http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3525.cfm.
- Be a distinguished contributor to criminal justice education.
- Scholarly achievement in the faculty member's discipline. Includes, but is not limited to, books, articles, reviews, technical reports, grants or papers to scholarly associations.
- Professional contributions to the Academy includes active participation or leadership in the Academy through workshops, conferences, panels, or offices.
- Other recognitions to include: awards; fellowships; visiting lecture/professor; and office holder in state, regional, national, or international societies.
- Minimum of five (5) years teaching courses on crime and/or criminal justice.
Academy Founder's Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations to be sent to: Vincent J. Webb, email@example.com. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For outstanding service to ACJS and the profession. Prior recipients of the Academy Founder's Award are not eligible for nomination. Previous and current award recipients are available at: http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3526.cfm and http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3525.cfm.
- Active member in good standing of ACJS for at least five (5) consecutive years.
- Active involvement in criminal justice education and research for the preceding five (5) years.
- Through service activities, has made a substantial contribution to the Academy and to the discipline of criminal justice.
Outstanding Book Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations to be sent to: Charles M. Katz, email@example.com. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of the best book published in the area of criminal justice.
- Extraordinary contribution to the study of crime and criminal justice.
- Book must be published within three (3) calendar years prior to the meeting at which the award will be given.
- In general, edited books, textbooks, and serials are not eligible. Exceptions can be made for books that offer a new theoretical framework or otherwise make a significant advance in scholarship.
- A book may be considered no more than twice for the award.
- Edited volumes which include previously published works are not eligible for the book award.
- At least one author must be a member of ACJS at the time the book is nominated.
Nominations for the Outstanding Book Award are restricted to members of the Academy. Individuals who are involved in the production of a book, or who have a financial interest in it, may not nominate that book for this award.
The William L. Simon/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Paper Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations to be sent to: Finn-Aage Esbensen, email@example.com. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations must include a carefully edited, electronic copy of the paper.
For the outstanding paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
- Conceptual and methodological rigor in the development of the thesis and its subsequent empirical or logical documentation.
- Theoretical or pragmatic relevance of the thesis and its importance to the developing body of knowledge for criminal justice.
- Formal organization of material, flow of ideas, and clarity of narrative.
The Michael C. Braswell/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Student Paper Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations to be sent to: Eric Fritsch, email@example.com. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations must include a carefully edited, electronic copy of the paper.
For the outstanding student paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
- Relevancy of research problem.
- Quality of theoretical orientation.
- Rigor of empirical and/or logical documentation.
- Quality of writing.
- Papers must be authored only by a single student or students.
Department Chairs and Faculty mentors are encouraged to assist by contacting student presenters and advising them of this opportunity.
SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award: Nominations Deadline October 15, 2013
Applications to be sent to: Anne Marie Cordner, email@example.com. Copy application to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Award Application is available here: SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award Application.
In recognition of significant promise as a teacher this travel reimbursement award is given to defray expenses in attending the ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop and ACJS Annual Meeting. Award recipients are expected to attend the ACJS annual meeting and participate in the ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop. Faculty teaching in associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree-granting institutions are encouraged to apply. In order to be reimbursed for hotel expenses, awardee must stay at the Annual Meeting host hotel.
This award, developed in partnership between SAGE, ACJS, and participating SAGE authors, was created in 2008. Fifteen junior faculty members received SAGE Teaching Awards and attended the first teaching workshop during the ACJS 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston.
2014 Award winners will receive travel reimbursement awards of an amount up to $700. It is anticipated that at least 10 awards will be given in 2014. The award is funded by an annual donation from SAGE as well as from royalties donated by participating SAGE authors.
|To be eligible for an award, the applicant must:
- Be a current ACJS member at the time of application.
- Have received most recent graduate degree within the past 5 years.
- Have taught full time for less than 5 years. There is no limit on part-time teaching experience.
- Be currently teaching in a criminal justice/criminology program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
- Be an untenured faculty member or doctoral level teaching assistant.
- Submit a complete electronic application by the due date.
ACJS Minority Mentorship Grant Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Applications to be sent to: Melissa Schaefer Morabito, email@example.com. Copy application to: Ed Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACJS Minorities Mentorship Grant Award was created to provide opportunities for mentorship of minority doctoral students or junior faculty by senior criminal justice professors at the same or another institution within the ACJS organization. The goal is to facilitate a mentoring relationship between new or junior faculty and senior faculty to facilitate the former's professional development for a productive criminal justice academic career. The Awardee will receive an award check and a certificate. The Mentee will receive a certificate.
The ACJS Minorities Mentorship Grant Award of $1,000 can be used for expenses of the mentor involved in working with the mentee, such as telephone, postage, travel, honorarium, or other training expenses needed to develop a focused program of mentorship. Applications should be submitted by the mentor with the agreement of a designated mentee who has agreed in writing to be mentored for one year.
To be eligible for an award, the mentor applicant must meet the following criteria:
- A member of ACJS at the time of application.
- A senior faculty member (full professor).
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
- Established record of scholarship productivity in criminal justice.
- Currently teaching in a CRJ/CRIM department at a regionally accredited institution of higher education [may be at the same or different institution than the mentee].
- Commitment to provide a one-year program of active mentorship to the mentee.
- Submitted a complete electronic application by the due date.
To be eligible for an award, the mentee must meet the following criteria:
- A member of ACJS at the time of application.
- A member of an under-represented racial/ethnic minority group in the criminal justice/criminology discipline.
- Doctoral student or junior faculty member.
- Written commitment to a one-year program of active mentorship.
Applications must be provided electronically to the sub-committee chair by the established due date. To be eligible for the award, an applicant (potential mentor) must submit:
- Coversheet with the following information for both the applicant and the proposed mentee:
b. Statement regarding ACJS membership
c. Current academic rank/position
f. Street and e-mail address
g. Telephone and fax numbers
- 3-5 page, single-spaced narrative addressing:
a. Applicant's background and academic experience
b. Description of work and research experience
c. Short-term objectives with measurable outcomes (for example abstract or manuscript submissions, proposal development) for the period of mentorship award (one-year)
d. Description of how the mentorship award will meet short-term and long-term objectives
e. Compatibility of the applicant's previous work with the mentee's interests and professional goals
- Mentoring work plan which should include:
a. Description of the activities to be undertaken with the mentee
c. Brief (1-page) budget and justification for the mentoring experience
- Letter of support from mentee stating commitment to the mentorship
- Letter of support from mentee's doctoral advisor (if relevant)
Donal MacNamara Award: Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
MacNamara Award Chair: Beth Huebner, email@example.com.
The MacNamara Award for Outstanding Journal Publication was created by a donation to ACJS from Dr. Donal E. J. MacNamara, one of Academy of Criminal Justice founding scholars. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding scholarship published in one of the publication venues of the Academy (Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and ACJS Today).
- Articles must constitute a scholarly approach to the topic.
- Present a thoughtful analysis.
- Present insights or a novel treatment of the topic.
- Constitute a meaningful addition to the literature.
- Articles published in October 2012 issues through September 2013 issues will be considered for this Award.
Individual nominations are not necessary for the MacNamara award because all articles published in the three ACJS venues will automatically be considered.
2014 ACJS Outstanding Mentor Awards (Non-Competitive): Nominations Deadline July 15, 2013
Nominations should be sent to: Rosemary Gido, firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy nomination to: Ed Maguire, email@example.com.
ACJS will honor outstanding mentors who during the course of their career have made a significant contribution to the professional development of graduate students and junior faculty members in criminal justice.
These outstanding mentors will be honored in recognition of the recipient's excellence in the role of student/faculty mentor as evidenced by their willingness and commitment to foster the professional growth and achievement of students and faculty.
All members of ACJS are invited to nominate candidates for these special noncompetitive honors. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion and recognize a faculty member (current or retired) who, in your judgment, deserves acknowledgment as an outstanding mentor.
Award Criteria: To be eligible, the outstanding mentor shall be a current member of ACJS and shall have:
- Served as an outstanding role model in a professional capacity in teaching, research, and service;
- Demonstrated commitment to the career goals of the mentee(s);
- Contributed to the professional development of the mentee(s);
- Encouraged student involvement in professional organizations, and nurturing students and junior faculty contributions to professional organizations; and
- Provided exemplary academic and professional service to student and junior faculty members.
- Nominees must be current members of ACJS. (All current ACJS members are listed in the ACJS online membership directory.) Nominators do not have to be current members of ACJS.
- Nominators may be mentees of the nominee or colleagues who have personal knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring efforts and accomplishments. Self-nominations shall not be accepted.
- Nominations must be based on either having been mentored by the nominee or personal observation of mentoring provided to others by the nominee.
- Nominations shall be provided by a formal letter summarizing the mentor's influence on students and colleagues. The letter should provide specific information about the deserving nature of the nominee's mentoring, rather than focusing on the nominee's other professional accomplishments.
- The nomination letter shall include the nominee’s full contact information.
Prior recipients of the ACJS Outstanding Mentor Awards are ineligible for future awards. Previous and current award recipients are available at: http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3526.cfm and http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_770_3525.cfm.
ACJS Awards Committee Chair
2014 ACJS Student Scholarship Awards
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Student Affairs Committee is accepting nominations for the ACJS Student Scholarship Awards. Two students (one at the Masters level and another at the Ph.D. level) will receive funding in the amount of $600 each to apply towards travel to the annual ACJS conference. The award is to support meritorious scholarship by students (as evidenced by the paper the student will present) and to enable them to present their research at the Annual Meeting. The student need not have the recommendation of a faculty member in order to be considered. Self nominations are welcome.
Nominations shall include:
A letter of nomination including a statement that the paper is authored or co-authored by students. (Papers cannot be co-authored with a faculty member.)
One hard copy of the paper and one electronic copy of the paper.
Proof of the student's current enrollment.
Evidence that the student's paper has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
Documentary evidence that the student will be attending the Annual Meeting and present the paper cited above (photocopy of airline tickets, and/or hotel reservations).
Other letters of support of the nomination may be submitted.
All papers and nomination materials should be submitted to the address below:
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
Wilson Hall 203E
St. Joseph, MO 64507
All papers and nomination materials must be received no later than October 15, 2013.
2014 ACJS Affirmative Action Awards
Minorities and Women Section Esther Madriz Student Travel Awards
The Minorities and Women Section, of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences is accepting applications for the Esther Madriz Student Travel Awards. These two student awards are designed to encourage the participation of undergraduate and master's level racial/ethnic minority and women students in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and will permit two students to attend and make presentations at the 2014 ACJS Annual Meeting. Each award will be a maximum of $600. Recipients shall be required to submit receipts to receive reimbursement for their expenses.
To be eligible for an award, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be a woman or a member of an under-represented racial/ethnic minority group in the criminal justice/criminology discipline.
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate program of criminal justice/criminology during some part of the academic year for the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made; or
- Be enrolled in a master's degree program of criminal justice/criminology during some part of the academic year for the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made.
To be eligible for the award, an applicant must submit:
- Letter of Application
- Personal Resume
- Official Transcript of degree being pursued at the time of submitting the application
- Faculty Letter of Nomination
- Original single authored manuscript (4 paper copies). The presentation may be either a roundtable, or a research paper session. The paper should not exceed twenty typewritten double-spaced pages using APA format. Each paper will be blindly reviewed by a national committee.
The first and second place authors will receive a maximum of $600 travel reimbursement for their expenses to attend the ACJS Annual Meeting in 2014. Both the first and second place papers will be presented at a special Student Minorities and Women Section panel. Other papers may be invited to participate on the panel.
All application materials must be received no later than November 1, 2013.
All application materials should be sent to:
Robert L. Bing, III, Ph.D.
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Texas at Arlington
P.O. Box 19595
Arlington, TX 76019-0595
Affirmative Action Student Scholarship Mini-Grant Travel Awards
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' Affirmative Action Committee is accepting applications for two mini-grants targeted to racial/ethnic minority and women students for the purpose of promoting the involvement of all minority groups in the Academy. These grants will permit students to attend and present a research paper at the ACJS Annual Meeting in 2014. Each award will be for a maximum of $600. Recipients are required to submit receipts to receive reimbursement for their expenses.
To be eligible for the award, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be a woman or a member of a racial/ethnic group that has experienced historical discrimination.
- Be enrolled in a criminal justice/criminology program during some part of the academic year for the annual meeting at which the presentation will be made.
- The award is open to undergraduates, masters and doctoral students.
- Submit a proposal for a paper presentation for the annual meeting on the ACJS website by the due date.
- Be willing and able to attend the annual meeting and present the paper described in the website submission.
- Paper may be self-submitted or submitted by a faculty member on behalf of the student.
- Submit a letter of application.
- Submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of either:
A. A completed manuscript examining a criminal justice/criminological issue. Papers may be theoretical or describe a qualitative or quantitative research project. Completed papers should be no more than 30 pages in length. OR
B. A proposal that outlines a paper as described in 2.A. above that the applicant will present at the ACJS annual meeting for which the mini-grant will be given. This proposal should be a maximum of 10 pages, double-spaced, typed. It should discuss (a) the nature of the research topic, (b) why the research is important, and where relevant, (c) the methods used, (d) the findings of the research, and (e) the theoretical, methodological, and/or policy implications of the results.
- Proof of the student’s current enrollment and program of study.
- Evidence that the student’s abstract has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting.
- Documentary evidence that the student will be attending the annual meeting and present the paper cited above (photocopy of airline tickets, and/or hotel reservations).
All papers and nomination materials should be submitted to the address below by October 15, 2013:
Tamara D. Madensen
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Criminal Justice
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5009
In addition to sending a hard copy of the full submission packet, please email the letter of application and the paper or paper proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Papers will be reviewed by a panel of ACJS Affirmative Action Committee members for organization, clarity of presentation, and quality of the theoretical/methodological work. Notification of mini-grant awards will be given in December, 2013.
2014 ACJS Section Awards
The Gerhard O.W. Mueller International Award
The G.O.W. Mueller Award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to international/comparative criminal justice. Each year, the G.O.W. Mueller Award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. There is a cash prize associated with this award to help defray travel costs to the Annual Meeting. The recipient also delivers a presentation to the International Section. The G.O.W. Mueller Award Committee constitutes of one executive counselor, one former winner, and one general member. The deadline for nominations for the 2014 G.O.W. Mueller Award is set at October 15, 2013. Please forward all nominations and self-nominations to Jay Albanese, International Section Chair (email@example.com).
Police Section Awards
The Police Section of the ACJS confers two awards annually at its general business meeting during the ACJS Conference. All Police Section members are encouraged to nominate individuals for the following awards. Nominations are due to Charles L. Johnson, Chair Police Section, by October 15, 2013. Email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions about the awards can be directed to Dr. Johnson. Awardees are selected by a committee of at least three Police Section members.
Outstanding Service Award
Awarded to people who are deemed deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contribution to the Police Section. The Police Section Outstanding Service Award was established as an annual award to honor the person who has provided significant service to the Police Section.
O.W. Wilson Award
Given to recognize outstanding contributions to police education, research, and practice. The nominee should be a practitioner, policy maker, researcher, or educator who, over a number of years, has exemplified and supported the following ideals:
1. Quality higher education for the police field.
2. Careful and scientific police research.
3. Cooperation and collaboration among police educators, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners.
4. Effective, equitable, and accountable policing.
The nominee is not required to be a member of the Police Section.
1. Nominations for each award must be submitted to the Chair of the Police Section by October 15, 2013.
2. Nominator must be a current Police Section member.
3. Submission of supporting materials with nominations is encouraged but not required.
4. The nomination is to include:
a. a brief summary of the nominee’s contributions in accordance with the award criteria;
b. an explanation of the significance of these contributions;
c. a current vitae or resume of the nominee.
Juvenile Justice Section Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award
The ACJS Juvenile Justice Section is seeking nominations for the Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award. This $500 award, sponsored by the faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice at University of North Texas, recognizes the contributions of young scholars to the field of juvenile justice.
Eligible candidates are young academics, who have been out of school for no more than seven years, and who have made significant contributions to the field of juvenile justice. A letter of nomination and the candidate’s resume should be emailed to:
Lorna E. Grant, Chair, Juvenile Justice Section
North Carolina Central University
Please note the deadline of October 15, 2013, for the submission of nominations. Questions related to the award should also be directed to Dr. Grant at the email above.
Juvenile Justice Section - Student Paper Competition
Nominations Due October 15, 2013.
The ACJS Juvenile Justice Section is seeking entries for the annual student paper competition.
All students currently enrolled full- or part-time in an academic program at the M.A. or Ph.D. level are invited to enter the competition.
All students entering the competition are required to present their paper at the Annual Meeting.
Papers must be 15 to 20 pages, typewritten, double-spaced, using a standard format for the organization of papers and citations. Papers will be judged on the following criteria: content, style, quality of writing, and contribution to the field of juvenile justice.
Papers in both the M.A. and Ph.D. divisions will receive monetary awards as well as certificates. Students will also be acknowledged at the ACJS Juvenile Justice Section meeting.
To be considered for the competition, the paper must be emailed no later than October 15, 2013, to:
Lorna E. Grant, Chair, Juvenile Justice Section
North Carolina Central University
Minorities and Women Section Awards
The MWS Awards Committee is seeking nominations from our membership to be considered for the awards outlined below. Please be proactive in nominating individuals for each award. To nominate a person please send an electronic copy of (1) a letter of support describing why you believe they should be selected for the award and (2) the nominee’s vita to Robert L. Bing, Chair, Minorities and Women Section at email@example.com. Nominations are due October 15, 2013.
Coramae Richey Mann Leadership Award. To be considered for the highest honor of the Section, Coramae Richey Mann Leadership Award, a person must meet the following criteria: an active Member in good standing of the Section for at least 2 consecutive years prior to being recommended. Recipient must be a contributor to the ethnic and racial diversity in criminal justice education. The recipient must endeavor to advance critical thinking concerning women and must have made substantial contributions to the emerging body of knowledge about gender issues in criminology and criminal justice.
Evelyn Gilbert Unsong Hero Award. Recipient must be an active Member in good standing of the Section for at least 2 consecutive years prior to being recommended. Must be committed to ethnic and racial diversity in criminal justice education. The recipient must have made substantial contributions to the emerging body of knowledge about gender issues in criminology and criminal justice.
Becky Tatum Excellence Award. To be considered for the Becky Tatum Excellence Award, a person must be an active member in good standing of the Section. Recipient must be committed to conceptual or empirical contributions to the study of minorities as victims, professionals in criminal justice, or offenders.
ACJS Victimology Section New Scholar Award
The New Scholar Award recognizes the achievements of a scholar who shows outstanding merit at the beginnings of their career. Outstanding merit may be based on a single book or work, including dissertation or a series of theoretical or research contributions to the area of victimology. Eligibility includes scholars who are active ACJS members and members of the Victimology Section and have held a Ph.D. for less than five years at the time of their nomination. Nominations are due by August 1, 2013. Please send nominations to: Stephanie Frogge, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award
Intent of the Award: This award will honor a person for distinguished accomplishments that represent issues related to critical criminal justice through scholarship, teaching, or service across the most recent two-year period.
Eligibility: Nominees for this award need not be a member of ACJS or the Critical Criminal Justice Section at the time of the nomination. It is expected, however, that award winners will, upon notification of having been selected for the award, become a member of ACJS and a member of the Critical Criminal Justice Section He or she should provide evidence of quality scholarship (primarily through publications in quality outlets), excellence teaching on matters that symbolize critical criminal justice, or service/outreach to the community or academy that has had a direct impact on local citizens, criminal justice agencies, etc. Thus, this award is broad in scope such that nominees can have engaged in critical criminal justice scholarship, teaching, or service.
Award: Winners of this award will be recognized at the Section meeting (attached to the 2014 ACJS annual meeting), will receive a plague, and all efforts will be made to sufficiently showcase the work of winners (e.g. in the Section newsletter, posted on its website, etc.).
To nominate someone for this award, please forward the name of the person whom you are nominating to Barb Sims, Chair, Critical Criminal Justice Section, along with a statement about the person’s qualifications for the award. Please seek approval from the nominee prior to submitting his/her name for consideration. Forward also to Barb an updated CV for the nominee. She can be reached at email@example.com.