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 2002 or later, faculty have produced: 3 books, 5 edited volumes, 21 book chapters or handbook/encyclopedia entries, 21 refereed journal articles, and 2 book reviews. So, focusing just on appearances in the journals, over the two year period the faculty are producing on average slightly less than one refereed journal article (.7) per Presidential faculty member per year.
   We also examined the rate at which faculty get their publications cited by other researchers. Department authors have been cited at least 700 times in the last seven years, and over 3,000 times in all years.

   The fraction of faculty who are externally funded remains high, at around 60%.

   Using a rolling window that starts with the beginning of the 02-03 fiscal year (7/1/02) we find 22 new, externally funded research projects begun since July 1, 2002, totaling over $6,200,000. External funding remained about 3/4 research and 1/4 training. New externally funded projects, including research, training, and technical assistance, totaled more than $8,400,000 for the period.

   Our numbers of majors continue to increase. By the spring of 2004 we were up to about 715 criminal justice majors. Our majors, according to our biennial satisfaction surveys, report increasing satisfaction in the major. All of the students in our undergraduate classes continue to report high levels of satisfaction with the quality of instruction in our criminal justice classes.

   Last fall we admitted six new graduate students. Quality of the fall 2003 cohort appeared to be higher than the previous year, and higher than the nationwide average in criminal justice.

   On a personal note, several recent events deserve  mention. Most importantly, our department has experienced two recent losses. One was quite unexpected. In February of 2004 Joan McCord, a Professor of Criminal Justice since 1987, passed away at her home in Narberth, after a bout with lung cancer. At the time of her death she had one edited volume in press, one book chapter, and was supervising three dissertations.  Her contributions in criminology, criminal justice, and sociology loomed large. This report is dedicated to her, and more information on her contributions can be found on the dedication pages. Less unexpected was the departure of Dr. Nikos Passas. Despite our best efforts to keep him on the team, he opted to join Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice for the Fall 03 semester. We wish him the very best as he furthers his career while calling the Athens of America his work home.

   Our department also has had some additions. Two Special Appointment Faculty joined us this past academic year. William Burrell, former Chief of Supervision Services for the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, joined us as an Associate Professor. Bill is widely known in probation and parole circles around the country. He is working on the launch of our long-awaited Executive MA program. Lori Pompa has returned to Criminal Justice as an Instructor after heading up the CLA Office of Experiential Learning. She is continuing her work this year, funded by a Soros Foundation Senior Justice Fellowship, on growing her "Inside/Out" prison exchange program.  In addition, we have one new Presidential faculty member. Jerry Ratcliffe, formerly of the Australian Institute of Criminology and Charles Sturt University in Australia joined us as an associate professor this past fall. He continues to teach hard and conduct research at a prodigious rate.

    In the summer of 2004, John Goldkamp was elected department chair. John held this position over two decades ago. The department is grateful to him for being willing to resume these duties. Although I have enjoyed serving the department as chair since July 2000, I am looking forward to redirecting my academic energies. My thanks to all my colleagues in the department who have tolerated my efforts.

     I thank Stephanie Hardy, LaSaundra Scott, David Roberts, and Helen Salerno for assistance preparing data for this report. All faults herein, however, are mine alone. I welcome your comments.

Ralph B. Taylor, Chair 03-04
August, 2004