Shooting for the Stars: Top Rated Programs and Faculty

Edward J. Latessa, University of Cincinnati
Robert F. Meier, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Henry Pontell, University of California, Irvine
Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Sally S. Simpson, University of Maryland at College Park
Eric Silver, The Pennsylvania State University
Ralph Brecken Taylor, Temple University

ABSTRACT
Faculty members from top rated criminology and criminal justice programs describe and discuss what makes a successful program, with an emphasis on the role of faculty members. A 2002 article in the Journal of Criminal Justice ranked the University of Cincinnati, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, and University of Nebraska as the top six programs in the United States. Additionally, the University of California, Irvine's Criminology, Law and Society program has built a department that includes many of the leading scholars in the field and stands out as being on the cutting edge of criminology. This panel explores the attributes of these shining stars and attests to the "sacred spark" theory of success.

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Updated 05/20/2006