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Submissions: Special Issue Justice Quarterly

Successful Research-Practitioner Partnerships: Essays in Honor of Joan Petersilia

The goal of this issue is to celebrate the work of Joan Petersilia on the 30-year anniversary of her challenge through publishing articles that honor this commitment to building true academic-policymaker/practitioner partnerships to improve the administration of justice. Consequently, submissions will focus on evaluation efforts that prioritized working as partners in the field with the practitioners and policymakers who make justice decisions.

Submissions are due May 1, 2020 and should report results of new research. For more details and criteria, click here.

Special Issue Editor: Jodi Lane,



The Assessment Committee, in conjunction with ACJS Today, would like to announce an opportunity for ACJS members to publish works on academic assessment in an Assessment Forum to be published 1-2 times per year (submissions permitting) in ACJS Today. These articles can be descriptions of unique assessment plans, experiences in what has worked or not worked in implementing plans, discussions on how to create learning objectives and assessment plans, research studies on assessment outcomes, or anything else that would be useful to those of us in ACJS working to use assessment as a tool to improve our programs and the experiences of our students. In particular, if you have presented at our Assessment Workshop, this is an excellent place to publish your presentations to a wider audience. More information on the criteria for articles can be found on the ACJS Today website.

Check out the first article published in the ACJS Today Assessment Forum found in the January 2019 edition of ACJS Today, titled “Who Do We Want Our Students to Be? Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Criminal Justice Programs” by Kristi Holsinger and Lindsey Arbuthnot Clancey.

For more information or to submit an article, contact Robert Lytle (2020-2021 Committee Chair) at or Samantha Clinkinbeard (2020-2021 Deputy Committee Chair) at

The 45th Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. Conference

The 45th Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. Conference will be held in Nashville, TN at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel – October 14-17 2020.

The annual meeting of MSSA, Inc. constitutes a plethora of diverse sessions, roundtables, and workshops for seasoned and emerging professionals, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The conference theme “Post-Fact Society: Sociological Solutions for the War on Truth” will take the city of Nashville by storm. As President-elect of MSSA, Inc. I invite each of you to join us (the MSSA family) in Nashville to dialogue with our scholars, explore publishing opportunities with our editors, and to create engaging conversation circles with the Executive Council and membership at –large as we continue to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service.

For more information about how to participate please contact: Tina Deshotels, PhD at


Invitation to Participate in Survey

You are invited to participate in a study of sexual harassment/sexual assault and other victimization occurrences during academic conferences. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this study and attended at least one academic conference.

This survey will be used to identify your demographic information, perceptions of safety at academic conferences, your victimization experiences, and your wiliness to report crimes, particularly sexual harassment/assault. The survey has several questions, though not all questions will be relevant to you, and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. The information you provide by completing this survey will assist in better understanding the dynamics of the incidences of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and academic conferences. You will not be compensated for participating in this survey and it will not impact you or your academic standing in any way. Consider this information so that you can make a fully informed decision about whether to participate in this study. 

To read the full invitation, click here.

To participate in the survey, use this link:


Call for Papers for Criminal Justice - 28th Annual NAAAS & Affiliates National Conference

The National Association of African-American Studies (NAAAS) is interested in receiving Abstracts related to Criminal Justice. Abstracts, not to exceed two (2) pages, should be submitted that relate to any aspect of the African and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, Indigenous Peoples or Asian experience. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: children behind bars, women incarceration, training for criminal justice officers, gun control, rehabilitation practices in prisons, crime in the minority community, drug policy, equitable punishment across ethnic groups, spousal abuse, child trafficking, and other related topics. Please indicate the time required for presentation of your paper (25 minutes OR 45 minutes). Must be postmarked by November 9. For complete details, download the announcement flyer here.

28th Annual NAAAS & Affiliates National Conference
February 17-22, 2020
Dallas, Texas

ACJS Funding Opportunity: Request for Proposals

Project Overview

ACJS is soliciting proposals to develop a directory of degree programs in criminology, criminal justice, and other justice-related disciplines throughout the United States and its territories. It is expected that the project will be run through a college/university or nonprofit research organization.


ACJS anticipates that one award of up to $50,000 will be made. There is no allowance for indirect costs.

Selection Criteria

ACJS plans to develop a directory as a service to its membership. Accordingly, preference will be given to proposals submitted by members, whether individual or institutional. Preference will also be given to proposals that involve qualified graduate/doctoral level student researchers. Finally, ACJS requires that proposals be submitted by or in affiliation with institutions of higher education or nonprofit research organizations. Other criteria for selection will include (1) the individual and/or organization’s history of completing funded research projects and (2) the individual and/or organization’s demonstrated research capacity.

Click here to download the complete Request for Proposals.


Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice - Free Resource Toolkit Available

Mass Violence Toolkit

The OVC Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit provides resources to help your organization develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan to prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. This victim-centered toolkit provides the field with a framework, strategies, and resources to:
• Prepare and establish partnerships before an incident.
• Respond to victims needs in the immediate aftermath of an incident.
• Provide recovery strategies for longer-term healing.

Customize the toolkit’s partnership and planning, response, and recovery checklists to fit the needs of your community.

Academic Program Assessment




The Academic Program Assessment Committee has provided a list of mentor names and contacts for those who are willing to provide advice and guidance to fellow academics that are trying to establish or revise their program’s Assessment Plan, or are dealing with developing a self-study for program reviews. Advisors do not travel to provide the assessment; advice is provided via email, phone, or a Skype-type conference. If you are interested in this member only resource, click here.




Update Your Member Profile

Have you reviewed your ACJS Member Profile recently? If not as soon as possible, take a few minutes to make certain your information is current to ensure you are receiving the latest information from ACJS and so other ACJS members can contact you should they want to collaborate on or share research, alert you of career opportunities at their institution, network, etc.  It's important to stay connected!


Annual Meeting Sponsorships

ACJS has included some new and exciting sponsorships for the upcoming 57th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  A variety of opportunities are available at different price points  - there's something to fit just about any budget!  To view the list of sponsorships, click here.  To register for the Annual Meeting, visit*Note: Pre-registration is now closed. You may register on-site, beginning Tuesday, March 24 at 1pm - 8pm, 3rd floor, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter hotel.



ACJS Important Events and Deadlines

ACJS Executive Board Call for Nominations - deadline July 1, 2019. Nominations are now closed.

2020-2021 Committee Volunteers solicitation.

ACJS Academy Awards and a full listing of awards available - deadlines vary so please check the website and criteria of each listing.

ACJS 57th Annual Meeting Call for Presentations - The deadline has passed and the system is now closed.

ACJS 57th Annual Meeting Registration - deadline has passed and the system is now closed.




WNIiNth this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research projects that increase understanding of the relationship between immigration, both legal and illegal, and crime. Applicants should propose research projects that have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. NIJ encourages applicants to submit proposals for innovative approaches to advance the field’s rigor and methodology in understanding the relationship between immigration and crime.

NIJ strongly encourages applicants to propose the most rigorous possible methods for isolating the effects of immigration status on criminality, offending and victimization, and how those effects may vary based on subtypes of crimes and subtypes of offenders and victims.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat. See also's solicitation FAQ page.