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2021 ACJS Awards, Grants, and Selection Criteria

To view ACJS policies associated with ACJS Awards, please consult the
ACJS Policy Manual.


AWARDS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Bitna Kim
ACJS Awards Committee Chair
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
bitna.kim@iup.edu

For a full list of Awards Committee members click here.


 

2021 ACJS ACADEMY AWARDS

The deadline for all ACJS Academy Awards is August 1, 2020, unless otherwise specified.


 

 

BRUCE SMITH, SR. AWARD

Bruce Smith, Sr. - The namesake of ACJS's most prestigious award.

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. 

 

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: J. Mitchell Miller, mitch.miller@unf.edu
Copy nomination to:
Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu


 


ACADEMY FELLOW AWARD

For a distinguished contribution to justice education and scholarship. Prior recipients of the Academy Fellow Award are not eligible for nomination. 

 

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Mike Vaughn, mvaughn@shsu.edu
Copy nomination to:
Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu


 


ACADEMY FOUNDER'S AWARD

For outstanding service to ACJS and the profession. Prior recipients of the Academy Founder's Award are not eligible for nomination. 

 

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: George Higgins, george.higgins@louisville.edu
Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 


OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD

In recognition of the best book published in the area of criminal justice. 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.


List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Angela R. Gover, Angela.Gover@ucdenver.edu
Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu



 

THE MICHAEL C. BRASWELL/ROUTLEDGE OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION AWARD

The award for the dissertation selected will include a $300 stipend, and the dissertation will be eligible for consideration to be published as a Routledge Monograph. Nominations must include a carefully edited, electronic copy of the dissertation.  For the outstanding criminal justice−related dissertation.

 

Department chairs and faculty mentors are invited to encourage doctoral students and beginning faculty members to submit their dissertations for consideration.

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Holly Miller, holly.miller@unf.edu
Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

ACJS MINORITY MENTORSHIP GRANT AWARD 

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.

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Jose Torres, jtorres@lsu.edu

Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 


DONAL MACNAMARA AWARD
The MacNamara Award for Outstanding Journal Publication was created by a donation to ACJS from Dr. Donal 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).

Individual nominations are not necessary for the MacNamara award because all articles published in the three ACJS venues will automatically be considered. 


List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Kristin Early, KEarly@purdueglobal.edu

Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

ACADEMY NEW SCHOLAR AWARD

The Academy New Scholar Award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the student of crime and/or criminal justice by someone who has received their most recent doctoral degree within the past six years.  Scholarly contributions include, but are not limited to, books, articles, book chapters, reviews, technical reports, grants, or papers to scholarly associations.

To be eligible for this award, the person must be nominated by at least one other member of the Academy and must submit a current vita for review.  In addition, the applicant at the time of nomination must be a current member of ACJS and an untenured faculty member.

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Kent Kerley, kent.kerley@uta.edu

Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

ACADEMY LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION AWARD
Nominations of practitioners are being accepted for the new ACJS Leadership and Innovator Award. Practitioners are individuals employed in a professional capacity in the criminal justice system, related and ancillary programs, services, and agencies such as victim services, juvenile justice, case management and treatment, drug/alcohol and mental health services, and community coalitions, as well as research, government, or public service.

 

This award will be given In recognition of a practitioner whose work has had a direct, positive, and significant effect on the criminal justice system, with a commitment to improving the criminal justice system. These contributions may include program development, policy implementation, education, training, direct services, research, and legislative action. ACJS will recognize the Awardee at its annual ceremony during the ACJS Annual Meeting.  The Awardee will receive a plaque, a $600 travel award, and one year membership in ACJS. 

 

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: Chad Posick, cposick@georgiasouthern.edu

Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

ACJS OUTSTANDING MENTOR AWARDS (Non-Competitive)
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.

Prior recipients of the ACJS Outstanding Mentor Awards are ineligible for future awards.  

List of Criteria

 

Nominations sent to: John Stogner, JohnStogner@uncc.edu

Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

SAGE JUNIOR FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEACHING AWARD
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.

2021 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 2021.  The award is funded by an annual donation from SAGE as well as from royalties donated by participating SAGE authors.

 

The Award Application is available here.


List of Criteria

 

 

Nominations sent to: Dean Dabney, ddabney@gsu.edu
Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

KEN PEAK INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AWARD

The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor criminal justice and criminology faculty members for innovative teaching methods.  The goal is to identify, acknowledge, and disseminate innovation in relation to learning and teaching; therefore, the focus of your applications should be clearly evidenced by specific practices that are replicable and effective. Award amount: $3,000 per awardee.

 

NOTE: Neither Ken Peak nor employees of SAGE will have influence or input concerning the applications for, or winning of, this award.


List of Criteria

 

 

Nominations sent to: Judith Harris, harrisjud@uhd.edu

Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu

 

 

ADDITIONAL 2021 ACJS GRANT AND AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

 

DOROTHY BRACEY/JANICE JOSEPH MINORITY AND WOMEN NEW SCHOLAR AWARD

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Affirmative Action Committee is accepting applications for one award to recognize outstanding academic contributions by new minority and female scholars in honor of the first female and racial minority ACJS Presidents.  The award will be $1,000.  

List of Criteria

 

 

All application materials should be sent to:
Denise Gosselin
Western New England University
dgosselin@charter.net
Affirmative Action Committee Chair



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 2021.  Each award will be for a maximum of $600. Recipients are required to submit receipts to receive reimbursement for their expenses. While a nominee may submit a single paper for multiple awards, a single paper may only be the basis for one ACJS scholarship award in a given year.

 

List of Criteria

 

 

All application materials should be sent to:
Denise Gosselin
Western New England University
dgosselin@charter.net
Affirmative Action Committee Chair

 

 


2021 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. While a nominee may submit a single paper for multiple awards, a single paper may only be the basis for one ACJS scholarship award in a given year.

List of Criteria


 

All papers and nomination materials should be submitted to:
Meghan A. Novisky
Cleveland State University
m.novisky@csuohio.edu

Student Affairs Committee Chair

 

 

ACJS NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE MONTH AWARDS

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ National Criminal Justice Month Committee is accepting nominations for awards in recognition of National Criminal Justice Month events.  Three plaques will be awarded to academic departments, schools, colleges, and/or universities for National Criminal Justice Month celebrations that focus on education and community engagement, as well as an overall program of the year award.  Efforts will be made to highlight the award winners on the ACJS website as well as in ACJS Today.  For more information on National Criminal Justice Month please visit: http://www.acjs.org/page/NationalCJMonth.

 

List of Criteria

 

Deadline: October 31, 2020

 

Send Application to:

Stephen Owen, the National Criminal Justice Month Committee Chair
Radford University
ssowen@radford.edu

Committee on National Criminal Justice Month Chair

 

 

2021 HISTORICAL MINI-GRANT AWARD
The purpose of this award is to provide quality documentation of the history of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and related significant milestones in the development of the field of criminal justice. This award will facilitate the systematic documentation of ACJS and criminal justice history. It offers a broad opportunity for ACJS members to enhance their research productivity.

Proposals are requested for a research project/s of up to $5,000 over a 12-18 month period to capture a significant aspect of this history. The funds are intended to cover the cost of the research enterprise such as instruments, copies, recordings, transcriptions and travel. Where an award is less than $5,000, multiple awards, not exceeding the $5,000 amount for this purpose are possible. Areas of interest for a particular year may be identified by the ACJS Board. 

2021 Area of Interest for Mini-Grant:  Applicants should focus on quality documentation of the history of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and related significant milestones in the development of the field of criminal justice.  The specific area of interest is open.

List of Criteria

 

Deadline: December 18, 2020

 

Send Application to: Anthony A. Peguero, anthony.peguero@vt.edu
Copy nomination to: Bitna Kim, bitna.kim@iup.edu


For a complete list of all the ACJS Award Opportunities click here.