Introduction: Recent Developments
Faculty continue to publish at an active rate. Using a two
year rolling window, and looking at all publications either in press or with a
publication date of 2001 or later, faculty have produced: 4 books, 4 edited
volumes, 26 book chapters or handbook/encyclopedia entries, 33 refereed journal
articles, and 5 book reviews. So, focusing just on appearances in the journals,
over the two year period the faculty are producing on average about one refereed
journal article per Presidential faculty member per year.
During the last two years the portion of externally funded faculty has increased; as of this writing 9 Presidential faculty, out of 14, or 64%, are externally funded on research projects of at least $100,000 or more. Using a rolling window that starts with the beginning of the 01-02 fiscal year (7/1/01), we find that twenty externally projects were begun after this date, for a total of over five million dollars in external funding. Four-fifths of this funding (16 out of 20 projects) is for research projects, the remaining portion emerges from contracts awarded to the Criminal Justice Training Programs unit headed by Jon Clark.
Undergraduates continue to find their way to our door in increasing numbers. Undergraduate criminal justice majors have increased about 26% over the last year, from about 540 to 679. As it was last year and the year before, criminal justice remains the second most popular undergraduate major in the College of Liberal Arts, second to Psychology. About one out of every four undergraduate social science majors in CLA is a Criminal Justice major. Increased enrollments have necessitated offering more courses.
In the spring of 2002 we completed our fourth biennial undergraduate satisfaction survey. This series, begun in 1996, allows us to track shifts in student and major satisfaction. Looking at majors, we find they continue to report a high level of satisfaction with the major and with the overall quality of instruction.
Last fall we admitted eight new graduate students, five to our doctoral program, three to our MA program. We granted one additional doctorate last summer to Dr. Jennifer Robinson, who currently holds an assistant professor position at Northeastern University. This brings to five the total number of doctorates awarded to date; all save one are at four year universities.
On a personal note, several points merit mention. Last fall serious illness and a serious accident afflicted two new graduate students in our department, forcing them to suspend their work in the program and their instructional duties. We wish them both the best in their recoveries. On a brighter note, Ms. Lori Pompa, who teaches for us and currently coordinates CLA service learning, was named a Senior Justice Fellow by the Soros Foundation. This is a high honor for Lori, CLA, Temple, and Criminal Justice. She will be working on taking her "Inside/Out" course, taught in Criminal Justice, to a broader audience. In this course students and inmates meet regularly in jail or prison to discuss problems with the criminal justice system, read about those issues, and develop collaborative projects. Former faculty member James J. Fyfe, who was on a leave of absence for calendar year 2002 was inducted as Deputy Commissioner into the New York Police Department last May; many of us were there for the ceremony. He has resigned as a faculty member and we wish him well in his new ventures. Finally, I would like to personally thank Dr. Mark Haller for graciously and effectively serving as acting department chair last spring semester while I was on research leave.
Our department and the broader field of criminal justice both continue to wrestle with important questions about the future of the discipline. Two trends in particular seem to have accelerated since 9/11. Most importantly, federal enforcement and regulatory agencies involve themselves increasingly in what were until recently solely local matters. In addition, we see generally increasing attention at the national level to transnational crimes, regulation, and enforcement. We are thinking about how our department can best integrate these emerging concerns into our teaching and our scholarship.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)