Greetings. A new fall semester has arrived. I had the pleasure of attending the New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation earlier this week. President Simon welcomed new members to Team MSU. While her comments always offer inspiration, her reference to the important role that team MSU plays in shaping the next generation of citizen-scholars resonated with me as I thought of the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ). We (faculty, staff, students, and alumni) play an integral role on Team MSU when we respond to the call to fulfill the land grant mission – to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations that generate knowledge and advance understanding that transcends the classroom to impact our communities. The College of Social Science will unveil its new strategic plan in early September. Its vision: “Our science transforms the human experience and inspires leaders” is one that reflects the land grant mission and aptly describes the efforts undertaken by the SCJ. I look forward to the conversations we will have about aligning the SCJ vision and goals with those of the College.
Our team is growing stronger. We welcome two new tenure system faculty members: Jay Kennedy and Scott Wolfe. Jay Kennedy, Assistant Professor, completed his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and M.B.A. at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kennedy’s research focuses on corporate crime, employee theft, product counterfeiting, and intellectual property theft. A portion of Dr. Kennedy’s time will be devoted to the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP). Scott Wolfe, Associate Professor, joins us from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Wolfe is regarded as a leading national scholar in policing, best known for his contributions in procedural justice and legitimacy. Dr. Wolfe received the Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology Policing Division in November 2016.
I also am thrilled to share with you our quarterly Newsletter. In it you will find highlights of news, events, and messages about the SCJ. Best wishes for a productive fall.