SHSU Ranks #1 for CJ Faculty Publications

Faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University are the most productive scholars in the field, authoring nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study.

Sam Houston topped 40 programs nationwide that offer Ph.D.s in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the latest survey of article productivity published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. This year’s study, “Article Productivity Among the Faculty of Criminology and Criminal Justice Doctoral Programs, 2010–2014” included articles in refereed journals covering science, social sciences, and humanities rather than only journals in the criminal justice field.

“Academic programs are most often evaluated based on the quality of their faculty, and the most widely used quantitative method of assessing this quality is to measure the publications productivity of faculty members,” according to the study Dr. George Kleck and Bethany Mims of Florida State University. “This single dimension obviously cannot measure everything that contributes to graduate education, but scholarly productivity is certainly one important indicator of an intellectually engaged faculty, which in turn contributes to more effective graduate training.”

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