Recent Developments in Criminal Justice at
Temple University

         As 2002 progresses, the faculty and staff in the Department of Criminal Justice hope that everyone in the Temple family is having a safe and healthy year. A year ago, such a hope would have sounded modest. But everything has changed since the 9-11 attacks in New York City and Virginia.[1]
      In the past two years our department has witnessed considerable change as well. Since I assumed the chair position in July 2000 we have lost three presidential faculty who have moved on to greener pastures: Edem Avakame (Rutgers-Newark), Alex Piquero (University of Florida) and Jim Fyfe (John Jay College, CUNY). We wish them the very best. Given the earlier loss of Jack Greene (Northeastern University) this reduces our filled Presidential faculty lines by almost 25 percent compared to just a few years ago. We are currently a department of 15 filled Presidential faculty lines.
     But we are doing the best we can with  what we've got, and thought now would be a good time to take stock of our recent progress. Toward that end, we decided to pull together some information about current achievements in the program. 
     This report documents how faculty have fared in publications, and external funding. Since the start of 2000, five authored volumes have appeared or are slated to appear, and four edited volumes have appeared or are slated to appear. The period also saw the appearance or preparation and acceptance of 31 book chapters or encyclopedia entries and 36 refereed journal articles with volume numbers, not counting an additional five book reviews. This translates to two book chapters per filled Presidential line and two refereed articles per filled Presidential line during the period. Based on research productivity, the latest study ranks Temple's Criminal Justice program third in the country.
     On external funding to full-time faculty, on or after 1/1/2000 we had active grants, contracts or fellowships totaling more than $8,779,000 across 27 different awards, ranging in size from $5,000 to over $1,000,000. This amounts to $585,291 in external funding per filled Presidential faculty line in the department  in this period. 
     In addition to this funding for research and evaluation,  the Temple University Criminal
   Justice Training Programs under the able leadership of Jon Clark attracted over $3,639,000 in external funding during the period. This brings the total funds awarded to Department personnel of $12,418,000, or about $825,000 per filled Presidential faculty line.
     In addition, we report on the current state of our graduate and undergraduate programs. 
     As of the Fall 2001 semester, we had 554 Criminal Justice undergraduate majors, not counting double majors;  453 of those were on main campus, with the remainder primarily at Ambler. Our undergraduate majors are evenly spread among the four undergraduate classes, suggesting a relatively constant popularity of the criminal justice major. Depending on how you count full-time faculty, we generated 29 to 36 majors for each full-time faculty person. This ratio of majors:faculty is three times greater than the current college average.
     Despite research productivity, full-time faculty teach undergraduates. Full-time faculty generated about 65% of our undergraduate credit hours, looking at the most recent data for Fall, 2001.
     Every two years, since 1996, in the spring semester, we have been asking our majors how satisfied they are with the major, and with the quality of instruction. We find that they are satisfied with both, on average. Quality of instruction appears to be comparable across full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate student primary instructors.
     This fall we had 15 students enrolled in our MA program and 25 enrolled in our doctoral program. To date we have awarded four doctoral degrees, two since December, 2000. Three of the four recipients are working as full-time faculty in major four-year universities.
     I thank Ms. Stephanie Hardy, LaSaundra Scott, and Helen Salerno for assistance preparing data for this report. All faults herein, however, are mine alone. I welcome your comments.
Ralph B. Taylor (

[1] Comments on some of those recent changes can be found on the department website; go to and click on "Welcome" Other highlights can be found by clicking on "What's New"