By the Criminology Team, SAGE US
In March, the SAGE Criminology team made a trip to the Lone Star State for the 50th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the second largest gathering of Criminology and Criminal Justice professors in the U.S. and Canada. The conference was truly impressive – around 2,000 of the nation’s leading educators, researchers, practitioners, and students were in attendance; there were several featured speakers including Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins, Texas capital appeals litigator David Dow, and Chronicle of Higher Education columnist Rachel Toor; on display was a remarkable art exhibition titled “The Last Supper” by artist Julie Green, a collection comprised of illustrated dinner places showing final meal requests of death-row inmates – all of which contributed to a successful conference for ACJS and SAGE.
For the 5th year in a row, SAGE had the opportunity to support the ACJS/SAGE Junior Faculty Teaching Award, which promotes the professional development of young faculty in the criminal justice sciences by providing them the opportunity to share teaching and learning insights with colleagues from around the country, and to create a network of support at the beginning of their career.
Recipients of the SAGE Teaching Award:
Valerie Bell – Loras College
Constance Kostelac – Simpson College
Cheryl Jonson – Northern Kentucky University
Emanuel Boussios – SUNY Nassau Community College
Michele Bratina – Keiser University
Colby Valentine – Dominican College
Cassandra Reyes – West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Mary Evans – University of Southern Mississippi
Christina Mancini – Florida Atlantic University
Christopher O’Connor – University of Wisconsin – Superior.
As ACJS marked the 50th year of their annual meeting in Dallas, we also reflected back on the tragedy that occurred 50 years ago. This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most horrendous political crimes our country has experienced, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. We were able to visit the Grassy Knoll area between events, but should you have the opportunity, we strongly recommend visiting the exhibit on the assassination and tour the 6th Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza.
As conference exhibitors and attendees, we’d like extend a special thanks to the executive board (and all SAGE authors!) – Craig Hemmens, Mary K. Stohr, Brian Payne and Philip Reichel, for welcoming our team and making us feel at home at this critically important criminology conference.
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