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2020 ACJS SECTION AWARDS
  

ACJS INTERNATIONAL SECTION AWARDS

The ACJS International Section is seeking nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Book Award. The award is given to the author of a book published on any topic relating to the broad areas of international or comparative crime or justice with a formal publishing date in calendar years 2017 to 2019.


Nominations are reviewed by a committee of the International Section. We encourage nominations from publishers, colleagues and authors. Nominations from any country are welcome, but the book must also be published in English. Multiple-authored books are also eligible, but edited books are not.  Nominated books for the 2019 award must be received by the committee chair,
Yuliya Zabyelina at yzabyelina@jjay.cuny.edu no later than August 1, 2019.  Copies must be made available to the members of the Book Award committee.  The award will be presented at the 2020 ACJS Annual Meeting in San Antonio.  Please take note that the Committee has the discretion to limit the number of books it can read and consider based upon time factors, so early submissions are encouraged!

The Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award is conferred annually on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of comparative/international criminal justice spanning the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service.  The Award is offered by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section.  Nomination requires a letter of nomination and a complete CV to be sent electronically to the Mueller Award Committee chair, Marlyn Jones at marlyn@csus.edu. The letter must explain why the candidate is qualified to be considered for the award.  Letter-writing campaigns by multiple nominators are discouraged. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2019 The award will be presented at the International Section's Annual Awards Reception during the 2020 ACJS Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Deadline for submissions for the ACJS International Section Graduate Student Paper Award is August 1, 2019. Paper topics must deal with a comparative or international criminal justice issue.  Procedures:

  1. Submissions must be authored by the submitting student (only). Co-authorships with professors are not accepted.
  2. Manuscripts must be submitted as an e-mail attachment in Word or as a .pdf or .rtf file only.
  3. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover sheet which includes the author’s name, department, university and location, contact information (including e-mail address), whether the author is a master’s or doctoral student, and the name and e-mail of a faculty advisor who can be contacted to verify graduate student status.
  4. The precise name of the degree program in which the student is enrolled, and anticipated graduation date, must also be included.

The winning paper submission will receive a monetary award of $250 and be recognized at the meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2020 in San Antonio.  Please send submissions electronically to the committee chair, Michele Bratina at MBRATINA@wcupa.edu.  Please circulate this announcement to your graduate students.


POLICE SECTION

The Police Section of the ACJS confers two awards annually at its general business meeting during the ACJS Annual Meeting. All Police Section members are encouraged to nominate individuals for the following awards. Nominations are due to Jeffrey Rush, Police Section Chair, by the deadline October 15, 2019.  Email nominations to rushj@troy.edu.  Any questions about the awards can be directed to Dr. Rush.  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.

Award Procedures

  1. Nominations for each award must be submitted to the Chair of the Police Section by October 15, 2019.
  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 brief summary of the nominee’s contributions in accordance with the award criteria; an explanation of the significance of these contributions; and a current vitae or resume of the nominee.

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY SECTION TORY J. CAETI MEMORIAL AWARD

The ACJS Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section is seeking nominations for the Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award.  This $1,000 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 from the date of the nomination, and who have made significant contributions to the field of juvenile justice.  A letter of nomination and the candidate’s resume should be emailed by October 15, 2019 to:

Marika Dawkins, Chair, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus
marika.dawkins@utrgv.edu

Questions related to the award should also be directed to Dr. Dawkins at the email above.

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY SECTION - STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION

The ACJS Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section is seeking entries for the annual student paper competition.

Eligibility:
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.

Paper/Presentation Requirements:
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.

Awards:
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 by October 15, 2019 to:

Marika Dawkins, Chair, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Section
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus
marika.dawkins@utrgv.edu

Questions related to the award should also be directed to Dr. Dawkins at the email above.


ACJS MINORITIES AND WOMEN SECTION AWARDS

The ACJS Minority and Women Section 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 by October 15, 2019 to Kimberly Dodson, Chair, Minorities and Women Section at dodsonk@uhcl.edu.

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 Unsung 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 AWARDS

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. Please send nominations by October 15, 2019 to: Christina Policastro, christina-policastro@utc.edu.


Outstanding Graduate Student Award.  The Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated significant promise in “making a difference” to the field of victimology.  Evidence of their commitment to the field can be illustrated through scholarship, victim advocacy, volunteer work in victim services, or other activities associated with improving the response to victimization. The winner of this award will receive a plaque and a monetary stipend. To be eligible for this award, the candidate must either be currently enrolled or have been enrolled within the past year in an accredited criminal justice, criminology, or related graduate program.  A nomination letter must be submitted by a faculty member who is familiar with the candidate’s work that summarizes the candidate’s contributions to the field of victimology.  Once nominated, the candidate must submit a packet that includes his or her vita/resume and a supporting statement of no more than 1,000 words that clearly demonstrates how his or her accomplishments align with the award’s criteria. Please send nominations by October 15, 2019 to: Christina Policastro, christina-policastro@utc.edu.


Victimology Impact Award.  The Victimology Impact Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of victimology, victims’ rights, or victim services in the past 12 months by advancing an innovative victim-centered policy or practice via scholarship, policy development or implementation, and/or service to the community. The winner of this award will receive a plaque, a monetary stipend to cover membership dues to ACJS and the Victimology Section and will be invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the Victimology Section’s general meeting at the next ACJS Annual Meeting.  Nominations can be submitted by a colleague who is familiar with the candidate’s work. The nomination letter must articulate in 1,500 words or less how the candidate’s accomplishments align with the award’s criteria.  Once nominated, the candidate must submit a copy of his or her resume/vita.  Please send nominations by October 15, 2019 to: Christina Policastro, christina-policastro@utc.edu.


ACJS 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 2019 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 October 15, 2019 to Carla Miller Coates, Chair, ACJS Critical Criminal Justice Section, carla.coates@saintleo.edu,  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 Dr. Coates an updated CV for the nominee.

 

ACJS CORRECTIONS SECTION AWARDS

Outstanding Student Travel Award - In 2011, the section began awarding the Outstanding Student Travel Award. Students presenting papers at the ACJS annual conference are encouraged to submit their presentations (in PowerPoint format) to the Awards committee for consideration for receipt of the $500 travel scholarship.


Outstanding Member Award - Criteria for nomination for the Outstanding Member award are: 1) membership in and preferably contribution to the ACJS Corrections Section; and 2) significant research and/or scholarship in the field of corrections. Winners will receive a $100 cash award, a plaque of recognition, and will be honored at the annual Corrections Section Award meeting. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged.

John Howard Award - The John Howard Award is given intermittently, upon significant demand, to recognize an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions to the practice of corrections. The nominee MUST have made significant contributions to practice, but also can have made significant contributions in scholarship, teaching, policy, or service. Nominators can make the argument that a nominee's scholarship or work in teaching, policy, or service DID make a significant contribution to practice. This is encouraged. Nominations are accepted every year and the committee will seriously consider all nominees. However, the awarding of this honor is solely at the Committee's discretion and may not be awarded each year. Nominees should send a description of the nominee's contributions, explaining how the nominee meets or exceeds the criteria, along with a copy of the nominee's CV to the Section Chair.

Please send all nominations by October 15, 2019 to the Chair: Natalie W. Goulette, ngoulette@uwf.edu.


ACJS LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY SECTION AWARD

Each year the section selects a local criminal justice professional in the location of the ACJS Annual Meeting whose work has been outstanding and innovative within the field of criminal justice. The recipients of the Law and Public Policy Justice Policy Innovator Award have been a diverse group of men and women.

Criteria: The Justice Policy Innovator Award recipient shall be a person who has made a significant and recognized contribution to the quality and improvement of criminal justice by implementing legal and/or criminal justice policy innovations. Designees may be citizens acting in civil society, employees and/or administrators of criminal justice agencies, members of the judiciary and/or the legal profession or academicians.

The annual designee is selected by the executive board of the Law & Public Policy Section. Please send nominations by October 15, 2019 to the Chair: Arthur Garrison, garrison@kutztown.edu.

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