Fall 2017

Photo of Mary FinnGreetings. 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.

Previous Updates

Spring 2015

It is with tremendous pleasure that I share my first update as Director.  As I complete my first six weeks, I reflect on how wonderful and challenging the experience... More

Fall 2014

 As we approach the holiday season, I am provided the opportunity to consider how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve as Director of the School of Criminal... More

Spring 2014

Early summer is always a welcome time on the campus of Michigan State University. This is particularly true in summer 2014 after a long and harsh winter.  I am... More

Fall 2013

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni, of the School of Criminal Justice are proud of our legacy of leadership in criminal justice.  As you enjoy this newsletter, evidence of... More

Spring 2013

Summer is a wonderful time in East Lansing. The weather is terrific and campus is beautiful. Those unfamiliar with a major research university are often under the impression that... More

Winter 2013

Michigan State University is the nation’s pioneering Land-Grant university. One hundred-sixty years ago the focus was on connecting scientific research to key agricultural issues. Today, MSU stands as a... More

Summer 2012

As the summer of 2012 moves along rapidly heralding the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year I have the privilege to share information on some events and activities that... More

Spring 2012

As the 2011-12 academic draws to a close I am pleased to share some highlights of events and activities that demonstrate the excellence of the School of Criminal Justice. The... More