Assessing Scholarly Productivity in Criminal Justice

Nickie Phillips, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Natasha A. Frost, Criminology & Public Policy

In this paper, we present criminal justice faculty productivity findings from a study of members of the ASC and ACJS. Productivity measures are useful in determining the rankings of university departments and institutions, gaining financial support, and attracting prospective students. Productivity is also a major consideration in the hiring, promotion, and tenure of faculty members. In the current study, we used multiple quantitative and objective measures to assess the productivity of criminal justice scholars who participated in a two-part study of the field. Productivity is measured in terms of the number of scholarly publications, state, federal and foundation grants and awards/distinctions. Institutions were classified as Research or Doctoral I and II according to the 1994 criteria from the Carnegie Foundation Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. Because Research and Doctoral I and II universities tend to emphasize research and publications, we hypothesize that those faculty members who currently hold positions at Research and Doctoral I and II institutions will show greater productivity in terms of number and quality of scholarly publications and number and dollar amount of state, federal and foundation grants.

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