Message from the Dean
At the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ), we maintain our standing as
one of the premier programs of criminal justice in the country.
A number of new initiatives at the school has kept us busy doing
research, teaching, and providing community service. In April 2002,
Provost Samuels approved the creation of a Center for the Study of
Terrorism, a joint enterprise between SCJ, the Center for Global Change
and Governance, and the School of Law-Newark. The task ahead is to
search for a project director and begin a grant and fundraising
strategy. The faculty has developed teaching material in the area of terrorism,
and plans are under way to offer a graduate course in this subject.
The Police Institute has received substantial funding from the federal
government and the state. Its mandate is to improve the quality of
policing and promote safe neighborhoods in New Jersey through research,
policy analysis, and dialogue with criminal justice policymakers and
practitioners and the communities they serve. In 2003, the institute
launched a police executive training program.
Work continues on other research grants received from the National
Science Foundation, state government, corporations, and private
foundations. This money has been used to support students and to build
infrastructure (such as adding computer support) within the school. The
growth in academic research productivity that is documented in this
report will continue in future years with the help of these newfound
Our undergraduate program continues to grow. There has been strong
demand for placement in our newly established New Jersey State Police
Scholars Program, offered jointly with the Newark College of Arts and
Sciences. Eventually, up to 20 students will be supported by $5,000
scholarships. We continue to attract high-quality graduate students.
Overall, the School of Criminal Justice continues to be a hive of
activity, promoting excellence in research, teaching, and service in
criminal justice and criminology.
Leslie W. Kennedy, Dean