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2015 Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations, Invitation to Participate, and Abstract Submission System



March 3-7, 2015
The Caribe Royale Hotel
Orlando, Florida

“Broadening the Reach of the Criminal Justice Sciences:
Looking Outward Rather than Inward”

Brian Payne, ACJS President
Old Dominion University

David May, Program Chair
Mississippi State University


The Program Committee requests submissions by September 19, 2014.  The final deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.  Please note that the online submission system will close at midnight EST on September 30th.

ACJS 2015 Program Topic Areas and Committee Members

Please look through ALL program topic areas prior to your submission to find the one that best fits your paper topic. Submission deadline through the ACJS website is requested by September 19, 2014.  The absolute final submission deadline is September 30, 2014

Program Chair
David May

Mississippi State University
Deputy Program Co-Chairs
Jennifer Hartman and Shelley Listwan

University of North Carolina Charlotte
Research and Pictorial Showcase
Cathy Marcum
Appalachian State University
Local Arrangements
Robert Langworthy
University of Central Florida
Author Meets Critics
Raymond Barranco
Mississippi State University
Student Panels
Christina Policastro
Georgia Southern University
Police Administration and Management
Janice Ahmad
University of Houston Downtown
Police Personnel Issues
Wendy Hicks
Loyola University New Orleans
Police Special Units and Technology
Dean Dabney
Georgia State University
Police Behavior and Decision-Making
Philip Stinson
Bowling Green State University
Police Operational Strategies
Jeffrey Rush
Troy University
Police-Community Interactions
Kristie Blevins
Eastern Kentucky University
Legal & Evidentiary Issues in Policing
Julie Raines
Marist College
Attitudes Toward the Police
Durant Frantzen
Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Courts and Law
  Pretrial Proceedings
John Reitzel
Virginia Commonwealth University
Specialty Courts
Wendy Guastaferro
John Jay College
Stacy Haynes
Mississippi State University
Death Penalty
Rachel Cunliffe
Portland State University
Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Prosecutions
Keith Crew
University of Northern Iowa

Institutional Corrections
Renita Seabrook
University of Baltimore
Correctional Personnel Issues
Martha Henderson Hurley
The Citadel
 Rehabilitation and Treatment
Clete Snell
University of Houston Downtown
Community Corrections and Probation
Matthew Crow
University of West Florida
Reentry/Parole Issues
David May
Mississippi State University
 Special Needs Offenders
Robert Worley
Texas A&M University, Central Texas

Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Courts and Legal Issues
Kareem Jordan
University of Central Florida
Juvenile Corrections
Addrain Conyers
Marist College
Schools and Crime
Julie Coon
Roger Williams University
Delinquents, Status Offenders, and Gangs
Lorna Grant
North Carolina Central University

Criminological Theory
 Critical and Conflict Theories
Kimya Dennis
Salem College
 Social Control Theory
Jeb Booth
Salem State University
 Strain Theory
Mitchell Chamlin
Texas State University at San Marcos
Biosocial and Psychological Theories
Holly Ventura Miller
University of Texas San Antonio
Situational Approaches to Crime Prevention
Kristin Swartz
University of Louisville
Learning Theories
Jonathon Cooper
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
 Developmental and Lifecourse Theories
Robert Mutchnick
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
 Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories
Peter Wood
Eastern Michigan University

Criminal Behavior
 White Collar Crime
Paul Klenowski
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Organized Crime
Traqina Emeka
University of Houston Downtown
 Violent Crime
Erika Gebo
Suffolk University
Property Crime
Lance Hignite
Nevada State College
 Sex Crimes
Rose Ricciardelli
Memorial University of Newfoundland
 Drugs and Alcohol and Crime
Deborah Koetzle
John Jay College
 Internet Crime
Shun-Yung (Kevin) Wang
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
 Domestic/Family Crime
Sarah Britto
Independent Researcher
 Hate Crimes
Richard Martin
Mercer University

Comparative/ International Criminal Justice
 Terrorism and Transnational Crime
Stephanie Mizrahi
California State University, Sacramento
Comparative/International Policing and Security
Mengyan Dai
Old Dominion University
Comparative International Courts and Corrections
Vidisha Barua Worley
University of North Texas at Dallas
 Homeland Security Issues
Patricia Dahl
Washburn University
Immigration Issues
Jeffrey Gordon
University of Phoenix

Research Methods
 Quantitative Methods
Wesley Jennings
University of South Florida
 Qualitative Methods
Heith Copes
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Criminal Justice Education
 Teaching Pedagogy
Shelley Keith
Mississippi State University
Technology/Online/Distance Education
Alexis Miller
Northern Kentucky University
 Community Colleges
Richard Holloway
Colorado Technical University
 Administrative Issues
Sue Collins
Georgia State University
Claire Nolasco
Texas A&M University – San Antonio

Other Topic Areas
 Media and Crime
Suzanne Perumean-Chaney
University of Alabama Birmingham
Gender and Crime
Claire Renzetti
University of Kentucky
 Race and Crime
Janice Joseph and Manish Madan
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Restorative Justice
Penny Shtull
Norwich University, Vermont
 Security and Crime Prevention
William Morrissette
Bay State College
Leah Daigle
Georgia State University

NOTE:  All papers presented at the 2015 ACJS Annual Meeting are to be original works never before published, printed, or accepted for presentation elsewhere.

All attendees at the ACJS Annual Meeting shall abide by the ACJS Code of Ethics. 
Click here to view the ACJS Code of Ethics.

Program Guidelines

All program participants are required to pre-register for the conference and to provide their own transportation and meeting expenses. Click here to pre-register online. If you prefer to register by fax or mail, click here for printable registration form. Pre-Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014. After December 31, 2014, all registrations will be conducted onsite. 

Abstracts should be submitted only once via the ACJS website. DO NOT SEND ABSTRACTS DIRECTLY TO THE TOPIC AREA CHAIRS. If you have questions about your submission, please send them to the Program Chair David May at

LCD projectors will be available in the meeting rooms.  No laptops/computers or overhead projectors will be provided.  Additional audio/video equipment is the responsibility of the presenter.  Individuals wanting additional equipment must either bring equipment to the conference or make arrangements through the hotel for equipment rental.

ACJS Program Participation Options

Research and Pictorial Showcase
The Research and Pictorial Showcase is a collection of visual displays of research that encourages informal interaction between authors and audience. The primary author of a Research and Pictorial Showcase presentation must be in attendance and committed to standing by the presentation throughout the allotted Friday session.  The Research and Pictorial Showcase will not compete against any other panels and will be the feature session on Friday. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Showcase:

Paper Presentations
Panels consist of four or five presenters of written papers and a panel chair. Presenters make formal presentations of completed works. The panel chair opens and closes the session and coordinates questions and comments from the audience. Participants who select this option are expected to send their finished papers to the Panel Chair two weeks prior to the conference.  

Complete Panels
A complete panel consists of coordinating the arrangement of four papers related to a common theme.  The person facilitating the complete panel must include a panel chair, panel title, and four papers with all supporting information for the papers at the time of submission to the website. Participants involved in this option are expected to send their finished papers to the Panel Chair two weeks prior to the conference.  When submitting a complete panel, the chair's form will include requested times and dates for the panel.  This is a benefit of putting together a complete panel.

Roundtables are open discussions of a topic, organized by a moderator and involving several individual discussants with special knowledge or expertise in the topic area. A Roundtable submission must include the name and contact information for a minimum of four participants (the moderator and 3 discussants). Discussants can be academics, practitioners, or students. No formal papers are presented. Often the discussion concerns diverse viewpoints or findings in a topic area. 

Open Seminars
Seminars involve one or more presenters on more practical educational opportunities on such topics as looking for funding, grant writing, finding a job, developing course syllabi, or becoming a new department chair. Seminars can also be hands-on experiences that involve the audience as participants (such as mock job interviews, victim offender mediations, and the like. A seminar is different than a roundtable because there are no discussants.  All seminars are FREE and open to all conference participants with no advance registration required. 

Author Meets Critics
Author Meets Critics proposals should be submitted under the "Roundtable" presentation type and then select “Author Meets Critic” as the Topic Area.

Student Authored Paper Panels
Undergraduate and graduate student authors may submit their papers to a regular topical area of their choice where they will present with other faculty and practitioners. However, students have the option to submit their papers for presentation on an all-student panel.  These panels are on a variety of topical areas, and are designed to facilitate initial presentations in a supportive and welcoming environment.  Participants who select this option are expected to send their finished papers to the Panel Chair two weeks prior to the conference.  Students who select this option should select "Paper Presentation" and then select “Student Panels” as the Topic Area.

September 19, 2014 Requested submission of abstracts and information.
September 30, 2014 Final deadline for abstracts and information.
October 7, 2014 Participants notified by email of acceptance/rejection of abstracts.
October 31, 2014 Draft program available at  Participants are asked to review and provide corrections and notification of conflicts to by December 20, 2014.
February 1, 2015 Final program available at  Participants are asked to consult the final program for presentation dates/times/locations as these may have changed from the draft program.
February 15, 2015 Completed papers for panel presentations due to panel chairs. Consult the final online program ( for panel and panel chair information.

Submission Procedures

All submissions must be made via the ACJS Abstract Submission System, available at the bottom of this webpage.  Do not send submissions directly to the individual committee members. Submissions are requested by September 19, 2014.  The absolute final deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.  Please note that the ACJS Annual Program book is created from the information you submit online. To reduce the number of errors in the program, please review and verify that all the information you enter into the submission form is complete and correct before you click the submit button. Please be sure that the first and last names are in the appropriate places.

Before beginning the submission process, please have all the following required information available.  All submissions must include:

  1. Submission Type (Click on the appropriate submission type): Research and Pictorial Showcase, Paper Presentation, Complete Panel, Roundtable or Open Seminar. When submitting a complete panel, the chair information and information for four papers must be entered.   
  2. Title of Research and Pictorial Showcase, Paper Presentation, Complete Panel, Roundtable or Open Seminar.
  3. An abstract of no more than 100 words must be submitted for each Research and Pictorial Showcase, Paper Presentation, Roundtable or Open Seminar. An abstract should be included for each paper on the Complete Panels. When submitting a Complete Panel, the chair’s form will include requested times and dates for the panel.  This is a benefit of putting together a complete panel.
  4. Contact information for each author, presenter, chair, etc. [Note: Paper submissions are limited to the presenter and five co-authors.]

    a. Name
    b. Affiliation
    c. Mailing Address
    d. Voice Telephone Number
    e. Mobile Telephone Number
    f. Fax
    g. Email Address

You will select the topic area for your presentation from the Program Topic Areas listing at the top of this webpage. 

Before beginning the submission process, please have all the required information available.  THE SUBMISSION SYSTEM WILL TIME-OUT ONE HOUR AFTER YOU ENTER THE SUBMISSION WEBSITE.

When you are ready to begin the submission process, select the appropriate presentation type below:

Research and
Pictorial Showcase
Paper Presentation Complete Panel
Roundtable Open Seminar .