BASIC FORENSIC PATHOLOGY
• November 5 – 9, 2007
• Hilton Hotel, Rockville, Maryland
Spring 2007 Vol. 16, Issue 3
The Spring 2007 edition of The Critical Criminologist is now available.
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WE ARE SEEKING MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION TO NOMINATE THEMSELVES OR SOMEONE THEY BELIEVE WOULD BE INTERESTED AND ABLE TO FULFILL THE ROLES OF:
5 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Persons for the office of Chair and Vice Chair must be members in good standing of both ACJS and ASC. This is because we have critical criminology members in one organization but not the other and there is a move to enfranchise ALL critical criminology members.
Winter 2006 Vol. 16, Issue 2
The Winter 2006 edition of "The Critical Criminologist" is now available.
The Department of Criminology, Indiana State University invites application for an Assistant Professor position (full-time, 9-month appointment, tenure-track, possible summer teaching). Candidate preferred to have a Ph.D. in Criminology or Criminal Justice. Ph.D. in related discipline or ABD with confirmed completion date prior to start of employment will be considered. Candidate must have teaching interests, research agendas and/or field experience in law enforcement, forensic investigation or homeland security. Salary (commensurate with qualifications and experience) is competitive with excellent benefits. Full requirements for the position and application information are available at www.indstate.edu/crim. The beginning date is August 15, 2007. Screening will begin as applications are received, and the position will remain open until filled.
Three separate position announcemts are included in this message: We have 5 positons open (subject to budgetary approval) to begin July 2007. Three in Criminal Justice, one for a Psychologist with a criminological orientation, and one for a specialist in Quantitative Methods. Please see the following location for instructions on how to apply:
For all positons, applications will be accepted until November 30, 2006 or until suitable candidates are found. Applicants should submit in electronic format, with their name and the above competition number in the subject line, a covering letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a statement of teaching interests, an outline of their present research program and a brief future research plan, and a list of at least 3 referees to email@example.com. Applicants seeking appointment at the rank of Professor should provide a list of at least 4 referees. These positions are subject to budgetary approval.
San José State University
San José, California
ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION AVAILABILITY
Subject to Budgetary Approval
Job Opening ID (JOID): 012505
Rank: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Tenure Track
Qualifications: Ph.D., Sociology by August 21, 2007.
Primary areas of teaching and research expertise: Criminology and Corrections plus one or more of the following: victimology, law & society, delinquency.
A social justice or critical approach to criminology with an emphasis on minority communities is preferred.
Demonstrated skills that show promise of excellent teaching at the BA and MA levels. Ability to teach Race
and Ethnic Relations desirable.
Evidence of research and publication potential.
Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
Those involved in founding the marxist/radical/critical criminology of the late 1960s and early 1970s, were also often members of groups that engaged in various acts of protest designed to stimulate social change. These criminologists spent much of their time being activists. Their activism was shared with and by the college students they taught, and they spent at least part of their time engaged in activities that brought their social change theories to life.
Today, college students are not very active politically, and are very unlikely to be engaged in acts of resistance. In order to stimulate activism, I often design my courses to include an option to engage in a community activist project in lieu of a term paper. The assignments vary depending on the course. In environmental law and crime, the students are encouraged to map out hazardous waste sites and dangers within a local, economically deprived community, and set up a meeting to share that information with community members. Students have also become involved in the community by attending City Council meetings and becoming members of committees on community problems related to crime, justice or the environment. Students in one of my graduate classes, for example, became experts on water distribution rules and rights, and helped guide decisions made by Hillsborough County about expanded water rights requested filed by water bottling companies that sought to increase the amount of water they were allowed to bottle. The student committee, using information it gathered on the past behavior of the companies who had applied for expanded water rights in other communities, helped conviced the Hillsborough County executives not to expand water pumping rights. To spread the idea of activism, I have also served as the student advisor to a group that protested animal experimentation on campus.
The US Census Bureau released new figures on the economic health and well being of Americans on August 29th in its annual report. Below I summarize some of the important aspects of this report. To view this report: www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p60-231.pdf
1. Real median household income rose 1.1% in 2005 to $46,326. Real median income is an inflation adjusted measure which indicates the income amount that divides US families at their midpoint, with one half of families earning less than $46,326, and one half of families earning greater than that amount.
2. Although real median household income rose last year, the rise was not sufficient to overcome the impact of the recession that ushered in the 21st century in the US. Real median family incomes in the US in 2005 remained 0.5% lower than real median family incomes in 2001.
INTEGRATING CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY: REFLECTIONS ON THE ROLE OF THE ASC AND THE ACJS
DCC Officers are exploring avenues by which to promote greater membership inclusion. One concern along these lines is the etxtent to which our critical criminology colleagues in the ACJS (can and should) participate in the activities of the Division on Critical Criminology. Linked to this concern is the role of DCC Officers and whether election to such an office should require membership, in good standing, in both the ACJS and the ASC. Some officers wonder if this requirement might create a financial hardshp for those elected, especially given limited travel funds and efforts to conduct critical criminology business at both the ASC and ACJS annual meetings. Other officers suggest that the goal of creating greater critical criminology inclusion might entail revisions in the constitution, a task that will require some frank discussion and careful planning over the next several months or longer. We invite you to offer your perspective on these very important matters. During the ASC Meetings in Los Angeles, a separate Business Meeting will be held on Thursday from 2:00 to 3:20 in the Convention Center (RM 308B) to discuss how we can grow and integrate the Division on Critical Criminology of the ASC and the Critical Criminology Section of the ACJS.
The following email exchange describes in greater detail several of the points outlined in this paragraph:
Texas Christian University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Criminal Justice at the Assistant Professor level beginning fall semester 2007. All applicants will be considered, however, preference will be given to candidates who can teach research methods/statistics and those with an interest and experience in media studies, cultural criminology, and/or computer crime. Primary consideration will be given to candidates with an active research agenda, strong teaching skills, and a completed Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Criminology or Sociology. The Criminal Justice program is part of a progressive, cooperative, multidisciplinary department in a supportive academic community. TCU has approximately 8,000 undergraduate students and is situated in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area in close proximity to state, local and federal criminal justice agencies and institutions.
While at the upcoming meetings, please plan to participate in the following Division meetings/events:
1. Business Meeting to discuss ACJS/ASC integration on Thursday, 2:00 to 3:20 (Convention Center, Rm 308B)
2. Executive Meeting on Friday, 3:00 to 4:30 (Convention Center, Rm 516)
3. Business Meeting to discuss general DCC issues on Friday, 5:30 to 6:30 (Biltmore, Roman Rm)
4. DCC Social on Friday, 6:30-8:00 (Biltmore, Roman Rm)
The University of Alberta draws your attention to two tenure-track positions in Criminology to be filled at the University of Alberta this Fall. Additional information about these positions can be found under 'employment opportunities' on the Department of Sociology's website: http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/sociology/
The Department has been given permission to consider individuals who are already Assistant Professors and close to receiving tenure as well as more recent graduates.
Criminology at the University of Alberta is one of Canada's foremost research centres on crime, law and governance. Its faculty is engaged in cutting edge research in theory, surveillance technologies, policing, women & crime, and young offenders. The Criminology program is located in the Department of Sociology where undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Honours and Criminology), Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy are offered. It boasts one of Canada's leading and most dynamic graduate programs, offering prospective students support in diverse forms of graduate education, including theory, methods, and numerous substantive specializations. In addition, the Department offers a course-based MA program intended for students pursuing criminal justice careers. The undergraduate Criminology program is a highly successful competitive-entry program that, for over twenty years, has provided students with both the formal education and hands-on training required for entry into careers in the criminal justice system, the civil service, and many other professions.
Fall 2006 Vol. 16, Issue 1
The Fall 2006 edition of "The Critical Criminologist" is now available.
The new issue of "The Critical Criminologist" is now available. From here on out, the newsletter will be distributed electronically on the critcrim.org website. Members will receive an email as each new issue becomes available. As the new co-editors, Dawn and I hope to continue in the traditional of our predecessors while making a few changes. Obviously the method of distribution is one change, but as it is now published on-line we are presenting a richer, longer newsletter. All of the typical announcement, ads, and calls are there, but we are also able to publish more essays than before. This issue contains:
Tenure Track Position in Criminal Justice Administration
The School of Public Administration and Urban Studies (Criminal Justice Administration Program) is seeking an individual for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of community policing, social control and social policy, especially as these interface with the community and wider systems of societal control. In addition to the substantive area described above, expertise in one or more of the following is desirable: community/social justice, criminal justice policy, criminal justice theory, research methodology, and international/border issues. The appointee is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in policing and social control as well as more general courses in criminal justice including at least one area of substantive core curriculum. Professional activities and publication in applicant's area(s) of expertise are required for tenure and promotion. Applicants with doctoral degree in criminal justice or closely related field preferred. The doctoral degree must be complete before effective date of appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review begins on October 30, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. The effective appointment date is August 2007.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Two tenure track Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies positions in the Criminal Justice Program to begin in the Fall 2007. Ph.D. in Criminal Justice or a closely related field required (ABD very near completion may be considered). For position #1 our primary interest is in finding a scholar with specialization in probation/parole/corrections, with sub-specialty in race and gender issues in criminal justice. The area of specialization for position #2 is policing, with subspecialties in the areas of guns, violence, terrorism and/or gangs. Duties for both positions include teaching at the undergraduate level, research, and service. The department has fourteen tenure-line faculty and two instructors and offers an undergraduate major in Criminal Justice Studies, undergraduate and graduate majors in Sociology, an undergraduate applied sociology option, and work is under way toward development of a masters program in Criminal Justice Studies.
World Distribution of Gini Index http://www2.physics.umd.edu/~yakovenk/econophysics.htmlRadicals are often confronted with criticisms of their approach that directs attention to the fall of former communist nations. This line of critique assumes that the forms of communism/socialism (C/S) and governance/economics practiced in these nations mirrors the more ideal system radicals prefer. The critique also suggests that C/S arraignments have failed because they are less preferable to democracy and capitalism. The graph above, taken from Adrian A. Dragulescu and Victor M. Yankovenko’s 2002 study, "Statistical Mechanics of Money, Income and Wealth: A Short Survey” (AIP Conference Proceedings 661), helps address this criticism. The critique these data offer of the failure of former communist nations approach are “objective” to the extent that they deal with differences in income inequality over time, and do not rely on subjective arguments concerning the value placed on governance forms (e.g., the preference for democracy).
The public has been convinced that the biggest threat to their health and well being is terrorism. This has legitimized a massive military build up designed to intervene in Middle Eastern nations. The war on terrorism and terrorist (WOTT) has helped drown out increasing bad news about the health of the world's environment (from global warming to pollution and species extinction), and the shrinking supply of oil. At the same time, the WOTT has provided a means to satisfy the oil supply crises looming in the US.
These are issues students need to confront and which critical criminologists have largely ignored. To be sure, these topics have been the subject of critical research that takes globalization as a central concern, especially in relation to state crimes (e.g., the work of Kramer, Michalowski, Kauzlarich). However, the majority of critical criminology has become bogged down in issues of local identity and communicative expressions, which are symptoms of the extreme forms of alienation engendered by modern societies. The tendency to take these forms of alienation as an expression of real and meaningful developments in human consciousness has allowed much contemporary critical criminology to dissolve into fractured, discontinuous, isolated postmodern critiques that facilitate individualism rather than the unification of people with similar interests. These interests, for example, include the fight against environmental contamination (and for environmental justice), global warming, and the end of oil.
See below for links you and your students can employ to investigate a variety of issues related to the environmental health of the world, looming crises, and the general decline in the health of the world eco-system.
Division of Critical Criminology
CALL FOR PAPERS - CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
Critical Criminology is the official journal of the Division of Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. The journal deals with questions of social, political and economic justice. Critical Criminology is for academics and researchers with an interest in anarchistic, cultural, feminist, integrative, Marxist, peace-making, postmodernist and left-realist criminology. The journal does not limit the scope of the inquiry to state definitions of crime and welcomes work focusing on issues of social harm and social justice, including those exploring the intersecting lines of class, gender, race/ethnicity and heterosexism. The journal is of interest for all persons with an interest in alternative methodologies and theories in criminology, including chaos theory, non-linear analysis, and complex systems science as it pertains to the study of crime and criminal justice. The journal encourages works that focus on creative and cooperative solutions to justice problems, plus strategies for the construction of a more inclusive society.