L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Criminal Justice Program Represented at Academy Meeting

The Wilder School was well represented at the 55th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, held Feb. 13-17 in New Orleans and that drew 1,500 participants.

Patrick Lowery, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Wilder School’s Criminal Justice program, received a Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award during the annual meeting, and he attended an all-day Sage Professional Development Teaching Workshop in New Orleans.

Six Wilder School faculty and a doctoral student, Jessica Smith, made paper presentations during the meeting.  The Wilder School’s Criminal Justice Program also held a representational event during the meeting, which attracted 50 guests from doctoral programs, peer institutions, alumni, and prospective faculty and students.

The papers presented at the conference included:

  • “Campus Sexual Assault Policy in a New Era”: Christina Mancini, Ph.D.; Jessica C. Smith, doctoral student; William V. Pelfrey Jr., Ph.D.; Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D.
  • “Reexamining Collective Efficacy: The Positive and Negative Effects of Social Cohesion on Violent Crime”: Jessica C. Smith, doctoral student.
  • “Investigating Symbolic Threat in the Juvenile Court: Effects on Charge and Count Reductions”: Patrick Lowery, Ph.D.
  • “Making Anti-Corruption Efforts More Effective: An Empirical Look at Why Corruption Persists”: Jay S. Albanese, Ph.D., and Kristine Artello, Ph.D.
  • “Pulling Levers: Examining Theory and Evaluations to Create a Stronger Model”: Jessica C. Smith, doctoral student.