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SAGE announces winners of the 2014 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award

February 20, 2014

Los Angeles, CA - SAGE and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award. Created in 2008, this award was developed to recognize new teaching professionals in the criminal justice and criminology disciplines. Each winner has received a travel stipend to attend the ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop at the 2014 ACJS Annual Meeting.

This year’s winners include:

Matthew Matusiak - Sam Houston State University

Sharon Melzer - SUNY Plattsburgh

Richard Helfers - University of Texas at Tyler

Randa Matusiak - University of Central Missouri

Colby Valentine - Dominican College

Yuning Wu - Wayne State University

Kendra Bowen - Tarleton State University

Ashley Wellman - University of Central Missouri

Katie Swope - Stevenson University

Patricia Dahl - Washburn University

“The ACJS Annual Meeting provides both new and experienced criminologists and criminal justice scholars with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for teaching and research,” stated Jerry Westby, SAGE Publisher. “We are very pleased that this award will afford ten new criminal justice teaching professionals with the opportunity to take part in these important discussions.”

The pool of applicants consisted of individuals who received a graduate degree within the last five years and are teaching criminal justice or criminology full time for less than five years. Faculty teaching in associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree-granting institutions were encouraged to apply.

Top educators, researchers, practitioners, and students in the criminal justice field from all over the country will assemble at the ACJS’ 51st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA – one of the largest gatherings of Criminology and Criminal Justice scholars in the US and Canada. Convening now from February 18-22, the event engages educators in identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and is designed to improve and develop new ways of teaching in the criminal justice sciences. The award winners will be honored at a reception held in their honor.

The award is funded by an annual donation from SAGE as well as from royalties donated by participating SAGE authors.


The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

The ACJS 51st Annual Meeting is the second largest gathering of Criminology and Criminal Justice educators, researchers, practitioners, and students shaping the criminal justice world in the US and Canada.

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