Jesuit Criminal Justice Educators Association

Chair: Patricia Griffin, Saint Joseph's University
Phone: (484) 686-0800
Next Conference
Location: Annual ACJS Meeting
Dates: March 2016

The 20th annual business meeting of the Jesuit Criminal Justice Educators Association was held on Thursday, March 3, 2015 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This was held in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting from March 3-7, 2015 (

The Jesuit Criminal Justice Educators Association was established by Rev. Michael Kelliher, S.J. of Seattle University. The purpose was to provide a forum and rationale for the advancement of crime science and criminal justice education within the context of Jesuit education pedagogy. In addition, it was envisioned to serve as a forum for scholarly collaboration across the Jesuit institutions in regard to curriculum development, research and best practices.

From its outset, conference members voted to host the annual business meeting in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS - held in February or March each year) – offering a dual rationale for attendance. In this regard, the conference may be seen as a success – the longevity, collaboration, and networking is viewed as highly beneficial to the professional and programmatic development of all in attendance.

Over the past five years, members have specifically embraced the following areas:
  • Curriculum:
    • What, if any, emphasis should be placed on Catholic social teaching in our curriculum?
    • Best practices to incorporate Jesuit pedagogy and academic rigor in online curriculum.
    • Is criminal justice at Jesuit institutions different than elsewhere? How do we know?
    • How to infuse social justice and/or ethics issues into criminal justice curricula.
  • Hiring for mission; engaging with adjunct faculty
  • Membership
  • Creating advisory boards
  • Holding bi-annual retreats

Quote of the week

“As a product of Catholic schools, continuing my education at a Jesuit institution was a logical part of my journey. The emphasis on using your talents and skills to improve the lives and conditions of others, rather than focusing on personal enrichment, resonated deeply with me. I truly believe that living my life in service of others - both personally and professionally - has allowed me to thrive in unimaginable ways.”
Major General Marcia Anderson, Creighton University '79

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