Faculty take leadership roles in Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
ACJS President: Faith Lutze, Professor
Faith Lutze served as president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) for 2018-2019. ACJS is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for educators and practitioners. The 2019 ACJS meetings were held in Baltimore, and the conference theme, Justice, Human Rights, and Activism, inspired participants to transform the criminal justice system through a human rights framework steeped in activism. In addition, professors Otwin Marenin, Amelie Pedneault, and Dale Willits, as well as several WSU Criminal Justice alumni, generously served on the national program as topic chairs, guaranteeing a unique and impressive program. Conference highlights included the Presidential Address by Lutze titled, Taking Responsibility for Justice: Transforming Criminal Justice at the Intersection of Human Rights and Activism, the Keynote Address by Seattle Chief of Police Carman Best, the Assessment Workshop led by alumna Stephanie Mizrahi (MA 2001, PhD 2014), and the Research Showcase organized by alumna Ming-Li Hsieh (MA 2014, PhD 2016).
Program Manager: David Makin, Associate Professor
In support of Lutze’s presidency of ACJS, David Makin served as program manager for the National Conference held in Baltimore. In that capacity, he helped build the conference agenda including scheduling attendee presentations, selecting and scheduling keynote speakers, and supporting initiatives implemented toward a successful conference. He also led the effort to craft a dynamic conference that engaged the membership to present leading research, to share innovative educational approaches, and to advocate for evidence-based practice.