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ASC COMMITTEES 2016 - 2017:
CHARGES AND REPORTING SCHEDULES

AWARDS COMMITTEES
Charge -
The Awards Committees are responsible for developing a list of nominees for the ten major ASC awards, as follows:

  1. Herbert Bloch Award
  2. Ruth Shonle Cavan Award
  3. Michael J. Hindelang Award
  4. Mentor Award
  5. Outstanding Article Award
  6. Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship Award
  7. President's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Justice
  8. Sellin-Glueck Award
  9. Edwin H. Sutherland Award
  10. Teaching Award
  11. August Vollmer Award

Each of the Committees should develop a list of nominees. Self and member nominations are encouraged. Award committee members cannot nominate individuals for awards given by the award committees on which they serve. Every candidate nominated will be considered, in line with the submission guidelines. Each Committee should request documentation from the nominees; at the very least, obtain a vitae and a brief statement as to why the individuals should be considered to receive the award.

The chair of each award committee needs to communicate the award criteria to all committee members, and discuss the criteria with committee members if necessary. The ranking and voting process articulated in Appendix O, Item 7 is to be used. The chair of the committee must communicate with committee members on procedures and outcomes.  If more than one iteration in the ranking process occurs, the results must be communicated to the committee members at each stage.  Each award committee is to hold at least one conference call meeting (phone/Skype, etc.) to deliberate the outcome.  The final report to the ASC Executive Board should include a detailed description of the ranking procedures and decision-making process, along with the final outcome.  The report should include:

  1. The list of committee members and their contact information (and note if any of the members did not fulfill their duties).
  2. The number of individuals nominated by others and the number self-nominated.
  3. A list of those nominated in order of merit, and an explanation of the general procedures used to reach that decision.
  4. A detailed discussion of the ranking and decision-making procedures.
  5. Identification of a single nominee and a justification/reasons for the committee decision.
  6. Any other information that the chair would like to provide, including any advice for future committees.

Generally, a copy of the vitae of the Committee's single nominee should also be included in the materials sent to the Board. An example of a thorough committee report appears in Appendix O of the ASC Policy and Procedures Manual (see http://www.asc41.com/ASC_Official_Docs/policy.htm).

Awards committee members are allowed to vote on candidates who are former or current students, previous or current mentors, and departmental colleagues. However, they also should recuse themselves if they feel they cannot be objective.

Award decisions will be based on the strength of the nominees' qualifications and not on the number of nomination endorsements received for any particular candidate (or manuscripts in the context of the Hindelang and Outstanding Article awards).

When a member of an award committee resigns or is non-responsive, the President may appoint a new member to the said committee.

Only individuals, not institutions, shall be considered as candidates for any award (except the President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Justice).

Each Awards Committee Chair is to ensure that individuals are not being considered for awards they have already received (except for the Hindelang and Outstanding Article Award winners who can receive these respective awards more than once). A complete list of previous ASC award recipients is available at http://www.asc41.com/awards/awardWinners.html

The Board will give due consideration to each Committee's nominations for each award, although the Board is not bound by the slate or the nominee of any Committee. If the Board rejects the nominee, the Award Committee may be asked to suggest another nominee. The Executive Board may decide not to give certain awards in any given year.

Current members of the Executive Board shall be ineligible to receive any awards of the Society, including selection as a Fellow, during their term in office. However, if a current Board member is nominated for either the Michael J. Hindelang or Outstanding Article Award, their nomination shall be considered during the first year following their service on the Board.

Members of a said award committee are not eligible to receive that said award.

Award committee members cannot nominate individuals for awards given by the award committees on which they serve.

The President formally notifies award recipients.

The Awards Committees and their charge are as follows:  


HERBERT BLOCH AWARD COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Herbert Bloch Award recognizes outstanding service contributions to the American Society of Criminology and to the professional interests of criminology.

The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award.  The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated (in order of merit) along with a single nominee for the award.  It must include with its nomination, a statement identifying the main reasons for its recommendations.  The Committee may request nominators to submit the nominee's resume and a brief statement as to why the candidate should receive the award.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Thomas Blomberg, Florida State University - tblomberg@fsu.edu 


RUTH SHONLE CAVAN AWARD COMMITTEE
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The Ruth Shonle Cavan Award is given to recognize outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline of criminology by someone who has received the Ph.D., M.D., LL.D., or a similar graduate degree no more than five (5) years before the year of the award unless exceptional circumstance (i.e. illness) necessitates a hiatus in their scholarly activities.  If the candidate has multiple of these degrees, the last five-year period is from the date when the last degree was received.  The award may be for a single work or a series of contributions, and may include coauthored works.

The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award.  The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated (in order of merit) along with a single nominee for the award.  It must include with its nomination, a statement identifying the main reasons for its recommendations. The Committee may request nominators to submit the nominee's resume and a brief statement as to why the candidate should receive the award.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting. Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Lorraine Mazerolle, University of Queensland - l.mazerolle@uq.edu.au


FELLOWS COMMITTEE

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The Committee recommends to the Executive Board ASC members to be selected as Fellows.  Those designated as Fellows are recognized for their scholarly contributions to criminology and distinction in the discipline.  Longevity alone is not sufficient. In addition, a Fellow must have made a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists and/or through organizational activities within the American Society of Criminology.  Names of all candidates shall be circulated to all members of the Fellows Committee. Nominees must be members in good standing of ASC; for purposes of this committee, a member in good standing is one who has paid dues in the year in which the nomination will be considered. The Board may elect up to four (4) persons as Fellows annually.  The Board  may also not elect anyone as a Fellow in a given year. Award decisions are to be based on the strength of nominees' qualifications and not on the number of nomination endorsements received for any particular candidate.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Cassia Spohn, Arizona State University - Cassia.Spohn@asu.edu


MICHAEL J. HINDELANG AWARD COMMITTEE

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The Society has established the Michael J. Hindelang Award to be given annually for a book, originally published within three (3) calendar years preceding the year in which the award is made, that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology.  The Hindelang Award shall be presented during the annual meeting of the Society.

It shall be the responsibility of the Hindelang Book Award Committee to gather nominations for the award and to make a recommendation to the ASC Executive Board concerning the recipient(s).  The Committee shall solicit nominations from the membership and from other persons deemed likely to contribute nominations of interest to the Society. To be considered, books must be nominated by individuals who are members of the American Society of Criminology. Self-nominations by ASC members are acceptable.

The Committee will not consider anthologies and/or edited volumes.

The Chair will need to work with publishers to both acquire enough hard desk copies of the books to distribute to the Committee, and to acquire them in a timely fashion to meet Committee reporting deadlines. The responsibility for distributing the hard desk copies to the Hindelang Committee members rest with the publishers and/or the authors.

The Committee should request nominators to submit a brief statement as to why the book should receive the award.

Current members of the ASC Board are ineligible to receive this award. However, if a current member of the Board is nominated for this award, their nomination shall be considered in the first year following their service on the Board.

It shall be the responsibility of each year's Committee to decide on the procedure to be used to select the book recommended for the award and to establish eligibility criteria (other than year of publication).  The Committee shall forward with their nomination, a statement outlining the basis for the award.  The report should also contain information about procedures followed, the number of nominations, the rank ordering of candidates, as well as a discussion outlining the basis for the award.

Report -
The Committee is asked to provide a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and a final report by August 15.

Chair -
Simon Singer, Northeastern University - s.singer@neu.edu


MENTOR AWARD COMMITTEE

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The Mentor Award (established in 2014) is designed to recognize excellence in mentorship in the discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice over the span of an academic career. 

Any nonstudent member of the ASC is an eligible candidate for the ASC Mentor Award, including persons who hold a full or part time position in criminology, practitioners and researchers in nonacademic settings.  The award is not limited to those members listed in the ASC Mentoring Program. 

Nonstudent members may be nominated by colleagues, peers, or students but self-nominations are not allowed.  A detailed letter of nomination should contain concrete examples and evidence of how the nominee has sustained a record of enriching the professional lives of others, and be submitted to the Chair of the Mentor Award Committee. 

The mentorship portfolio should include:

  1. A table of contents
  2. Curriculum Vita and
    • Detailed evidence of mentorship by supporting, encouraging and promoting Scholarly research 
    • Academic publication
    • Professional development
    • Teaching
    • Career guidance
    • research and professional networks
    • And other evidence of mentoring achievements.

The letter should specify the ways the nominee has gone beyond his/her role as a professor, researcher or collaborator to ensure successful enculturation into the discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice, providing intellectual professional development outside of the classroom and otherwise exemplary support for Criminology/Criminal Justice undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates. 

Report –
The Committee is asked to prepare a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and to submit a final report by August 15.

Chair -
Cody Telep, Arizona State University - Cody.Telep@asu.edu


OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD COMMITTEE

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The Outstanding Article Award honors exceptional contributions made by scholars in article form.  The Award is given annually for the peer-reviewed article published in the previous calendar year that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology (ie., the 2017-2018 committee shall review articles published in 2016).  The Outstanding Article Award shall be presented during the Annual Meeting of the Society.

It shall be the responsibility of the Outstanding Article Award Committee to consider for nomination, each of the articles published in the past calendar year in Criminology, and Criminology & Public Policy, to consider articles of interest published in other journals, to gather additional nominations for the award for articles appearing in other journals, and to make a recommendation to the ASC Executive Board concerning the recipient(s).

The Committee shall solicit nominations from the membership and from other persons deemed likely to contribute nominations of interest to the Society. Self-nominations by ASC members are acceptable.  The Committee should request nominators to submit a brief statement as to why the article should receive the award.

Current members of the ASC Board are ineligible to receive this award. However, if a current member of the Board is nominated for this award, their nomination shall be considered in the first year following their service on the Board.

It shall be the responsibility of each year's Committee to decide on the procedure to be used to select the article recommended for the award and to establish eligibility criteria (other than year of publication).  The Committee shall forward with their nomination, a statement outlining the basis for the award.  The report should also contain information about procedures followed, the number of nominations, and the rank ordering of candidates.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and to submit a final report by August 15.

Chair -
Christopher Browning, Ohio State University - browning.90@osu.edu


RUTH D. PETERSON FELLOWSHIP AWARD COMMITTEE
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The Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity is designed to encourage students of color, especially those from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the field, including but not limited to, Asians, Blacks, Indigenous peoples, and Latinas/os, to enter the field of criminology and criminal justice, and to facilitate completion of their degrees.  The Committee is to identify potential recipients of the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity.  The Committee should acquire the following documentation from the Fellowship applicants:

1.       proof of acceptance into a program of doctoral studies in the general area of  criminology or criminal justice;
2.       up-to-date curriculum vitae;
3.       personal statement from the applicant as to their race or ethnicity;
4.       copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
5.       statement of need and prospects for financial assistance for graduate study;
6.       a letter describing career plans, salient experiences, and nature of interest in criminology and criminal justice verification of racial/ethnic
          background; and
7.       three letters of reference.

Applicants need not be members of the American Society of Criminology.   Individuals studying criminology or criminal justice issues are encouraged to apply.  The recipients of the Fellowships must be accepted into a program of doctoral studies in the general area of criminology or criminal justice. Individuals may reapply for the award if they have not received it previously.  Merit is to be the most important factor in making the recommendations, and among those of high merit, consideration will be given to financial need, the relationship of the individual's interest to those of the Society, and the existing dis-proportionality of ethnic minorities in the field.  In addition to the official award guidelines specified above, the members of the Peterson Fellowship Award Committee have, while exercising their professional judgment, generally use other criteria in reaching a decision, such as motivation for pursuing the degree based upon articulated desires and experiences, capabilities as demonstrated by GPA and recommendations, research topics related to race and ethnicity as applied to crime and justice issues, demonstrated financial need, ASC affiliation and activity, other professional association activity, etc.  The Committee is asked to evaluate and rank order all applicants, identify three (3) persons to receive the award each year.

The Committee is also asked to collect the admission fees at the annual Peterson Fellowship Dance.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting. Typically the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Rod Brunson, Rutgers University - rod.brunson@rutgers.edu


PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Charge-
This award is given annually to an individual or organization who, through either a single initiative or over a longer period of time, has made significant and distinguished contributions to the cause of justice.  In the case of joint efforts, co-recipients may be named.  The President submits a nominee for Board approval.  The President should provide a short statement identifying the main reasons for the recommendation along with the nomination.  The Board may accept or reject the nominee.  The Society will pay transportation and rooming costs for the recipient to attend the Annual Meeting, but no honorarium.

Report-
The President is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Karen Heimer, University of Iowa - karen-heimer@uiowa.edu (term expires 11/17)
 

SELLIN-GLUECK AWARD COMMITTEE
Charge -
The Sellin-Glueck Award is given in order to call attention to criminological scholarship that considers problems of crime and justice as they are manifested outside the United States; internationally or comparatively.  Preference is given for scholarship that analyzes non-U.S. data, is published predominantly outside of U.S. criminological journals, and in granting the award, brings new perspectives or approaches to the attention of the members of the Society.  The recipient need not speak English, however, his/her work must be available in part at least, in the English language (either by original publication or through translation).

The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award.  The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated (in order of merit) along with a single nominee for the award.  It must include with its nomination, a statement identifying the main reasons for its recommendations.  The Committee may request nominators to submit the nominee's resume and a brief statement as to why the candidate should receive the award. The Board particularly encourages the Division on International Criminology to submit names of nominees for this award.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Cathy Widom, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - cwidom@jjay.cuny.edu


EDWIN H. SUTHERLAND AWARD COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Sutherland Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to theory or research in criminology on the etiology of criminal and deviant behavior, the criminal justice system, corrections, law, or justice. The distinguished contribution may be based on a single outstanding book or work, on a series of theoretical or research contributions, or on the accumulated contributions by a senior scholar.

The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award.  The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated (in order of merit) along with a single nominee for the award.  It must include with its nomination, a statement identifying the main reasons for its recommendations.  The Committee may request nominators to submit the nominee's resume and a brief statement as to why the candidate should receive the award.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Susan Turner, University of California-Irvine - sfturner@uci.edu


TEACHING AWARD COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Teaching Award is a lifetime-achievement award designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching over the span of an academic career.  This award is meant to identify and reward teaching excellence that has been demonstrated by individuals either (a) at one educational institution where the nominee is recognized and celebrated as a master teacher of criminology and criminal justice; or, (b) at a regional or national level as a result of that individual's sustained efforts to advance criminological/criminal justice education.

Any faculty member who holds a full-or part-time position teaching criminology or criminal justice is eligible for the award, inclusive of graduate and undergraduate universities as well as two- and four-year colleges.  In addition, faculty members who have retired are eligible within the first two years of retirement. 

Faculty may be nominated by colleagues, peers, or students, or they may self-nominate, by writing a letter of nomination to the chair of the Teaching Awards Committee. Letters of nomination must include a statement in support of nomination of not more than three pages.  The nominee and/or the nominator may write the statement.

Nominees will be contacted by the Chair of the Teaching Award Committee and asked to submit a teaching portfolio of supporting materials.  The teaching portfolios should include:

  1. a table of contents
  2. curriculum vita, and
  3. evidence of teaching accomplishments, which may include:
    • student evaluations, which may be qualitative or quantitative, from recent years or over the course of the nominee's career,
    • peer reviews of teaching,
    • nominee statements of teaching philosophy and practices,
    • evidence of mentoring,
    • evidence of research on teaching (papers presented on teaching, teaching journals edited, etc.),
    • selected syllabi,
    • letters of nomination/reference, and
    • any other evidence of teaching achievements.

The materials in the portfolio should include brief, descriptive narratives designed to provide the Teaching Award Committee with the proper context to evaluate the materials. Student evaluations, for example, should be introduced by a very brief description of the methods used to collect the evaluation data and, if appropriate, the scales used and available norms to assist with interpretation. Other materials in the portfolio should include similar brief descriptions to assist the Committee with evaluating the significance of the materials. 

The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award.  The Committee shall forward with their nomination, a statement outlining the basis for the award. The report should also contain information about procedures followed, the number of nominations, and the rank ordering of candidates.

Letters of nomination (including statements in support of nomination) should be submitted in electronic format and must be received by April 1. The nominee's portfolio and all other supporting materials should also be submitted in electronic format and must be received by June 1.
           
Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a progress report for the Mid-Year meeting (typically due April 15) and to submit a final report by August 15.

Chair -
Lois Presser, University of Tennessee-Knoxville - lpresser@utk.edu


AUGUST VOLLMER AWARD COMMITTEE
Charge -
The August Vollmer Award recognizes an individual whose scholarship or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.

The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award.  The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated (in order of merit) along with a single nominee for the award.  It must include with its nomination, a statement identifying the main reasons for its recommendations.   The Committee may request nominators to submit the nominee's resume and a brief statement as to why the candidate should receive the award.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15.

Chair -
Mahesh Nalla, Michigan State University - nalla@msu.edu



STANDING COMMITTEES


COLLABORATIVE RESARCH INITIATIVE COMMITTEE

Charge –
The Collaborative Research Initiative Committee is to examine the operational parameters of continuing and expanding our collaborative research initiatives with various governmental and non-governmental entities, and to actively pursue the establishment of such agreements, with Board approval.

Report –
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting.  Typically, the report is due April 15, with interim reports and recommendations submitted as occasion requires.

Chair -
Colin Loftin, SUNY-Albany - cloftin@albany.edu


CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Committee ensures that the ASC operates in accordance with its Constitution and By-Laws. The committee recommends revisions in the Constitution and/or By-Laws to meet changing circumstances in the operations of the ASC.

Report -
The Committee does not file a regular report with the Executive Board, but is asked to do so when they deem necessary and/or when asked by the Executive Board.

Chair -
Keramet Reiter, University of California-Irvine - reiterk@uci.edu


CRIME AND JUSTICE RESEARCH ALLIANCE

Charge -
The CJRA is responsible for lobbying and educational efforts that focus on strengthening free and independent scientific inquiry, and the support for crime and justice research.  The CJRA will operate under the direction of the ASC and ACJS Executive Boards, with major activities and goals being approved by the ASC and ACJS Boards.

Report -
The CJRA is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year and Annual Board Meetings.  Typically those reports would be due April 15 and October 15 respectively, with interim reports and recommendations submitted as occasion requires.

Chair -
Nancy LaVigne, Urban Institute - nlavigne@urban.org (term expires 11/17)


DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTE

Charge -
The Committee is to explore means and mechanism that can encourage participation of historically under-represented racial and ethnic groups in the field of criminology. 

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), a final report by October 15, and to submit interim reports and recommendations as occasion requires.

Chair -
Johnna Christian, Rutgers University - johnnac@newark.rutgers.edu


FINANCE COMMITTEE

Charge -
This Committee will oversee ASC budgetary and fiscal policy matters, as well as the audits of our financial records.  The Committee will generally ensures that ASC is operating in a financially responsible fashion.  There are three particular duties with respect to the audits:

1. Insure that audits are undertaken at least once every three years, and more frequenlty if concerns arise which would necessitate more frequent external reviews.
2. Insure that the audits are conducted by a reputable and properly licensed entity.
3. Review the audit and report to the ASC Board.

Report -
This Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Board subsequent to their review of the audit, and at any other time as they deem necessary.

Chair -
Jim Lynch, University of Maryland - jlynch14@umd.edu (term expires 11/17)


LIAISONS TO RELATED SOCIETIES

Charge -
These individuals serve as the Society liaison with various professional associations that have criminology-related interests. The Liaisons foster communication between the Society and these various professional organizations. They are responsible for setting up panels at the meetings of these various societies when requested, and appraising the Board of these and other relevant activities that would have a bearing on the Society and the field of criminology in general. While various organizations and entities may utilize the "representative" terminology, Society liaisons do not represent the Society, nor the Society leadership in the literal sense of the word. They cannot speak for the Society. Liaisons generally serve a three (3) year renewable term.

Current Liaisons are as follows:
AAAS - William Pridemore, Georgia State University - wpridemo@gsu.edu (term expires 11/17)
COSSA - Nancy La Vigne, Urban Institute - nlavigne@urban.org (term expires 11/17)
IACP - Charles Wellford, University of Maryland - wellford@umd.edu (term expires 11/16)
Observatory on Academic Criminology Programs - Charisse Coston, University of North Carolina-Charlotte - ccoston@uncc.edu (term expires 11/16)
United Nations (Main Representative) - Jay Albanese, Virginia Commonwealth University - jsalbane@vcu.edu (1st term – term expires 11/18)
United Nations (Alternate Representative) - Sesha Kethineni, Illinois State University - skethine@ilstu.edu (1st term – term expires 11/18)  

Report -
The Committee is asked to provide a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and a final report by October 15.  In addition, the Liaisons are asked to submit at least one (1) article a year to The Criminologist in which they outline their activities, and inform the Society members of the various organizations’ activities scheduled and meetings.
 

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE
Charge -
The Committee develops a web page, listing local attractions that may be of interest to meeting attendees, ie. -  restaurants, cultural activities, local historical sights, child care providers, police stations, courts, juvenile facilities, prisons, jails, etc.  The list should include a street address, phone number, email address if possible, cost estimates, perhaps some explanation regarding the best way to travel to the said site/activity; in short, any information that might be of help to the conference attendees who may wish to take the tour/go to these locations. The Committee is encouraged to connect with the local Chamber of Commerce and/or the local Convention Bureau, as they will likely have nearly all of this information on their web pages, and are typically very willing for groups such as ours to link to those existing sites. The Committee may also be called upon by Society personnel to assist with various annual meeting logistic matters that may arise, though this activity is generally quite minimal. In addition, the Committee may be asked to identify students who could work at the meetings. 

Report -
The Committee does not file a regular report with the Executive Board.  The Committee is asked to have the web page on-line by May 1.

Chair -
Caterina Gouvis Roman, Temple University - croman@temple.edu


LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
Charge -
The Committee will examine how well the Society is achieving its major goals, recommend ways it might better achieve those goals, and consider additional goals that the Society might pursue.     In addressing this broad charge, the Committee is asked to both consult individuals within the Society, and to examine the goals and activities of other social and behavioral science organizations.

Report - The Committee does not file a regular report with the Executive Board, but is asked to do so when they deem necessary and/or are asked by the Executive Board.

Chair - Steven Messner, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany - smessner@albany.edu


MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Committee reaches out to criminology and related disciplines to increase the membership of the Society.  The Committee periodically conducts membership surveys, assists in the development of brochures, serves as greeters at the Annual Meeeting, obtains mailing lists from other organizations, and contacts a wide variety of academic departments and research institutions in an attempt to solicit more members for the Society.  The Committee is encourage to coordinate activities with the Student Affairs Committee.  Of special importance is the need to maintain a significant measure of gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the Society, and efforts should be undertaken to achieve this end.

Report -
The Committee is asked to provide a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and a final report by October 15.

Chair -
Janet Garcia-Hallett, Rutgers University - Janet.Garcia@rutgers.edu 


MENTORING COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Committee is to connect students and young scholars with more experienced professionals who have volunteered to serve as mentors.  This is done primarily through the on-line mentoring site, based on the ASC webpage.  The Mentoring Committee is to provide periodic updated information for the on-line mentoring site. The Mentoring committee may host a social at the Annual Meeting to facilitate mentee and mentor interaction. The Mentoring Committee serves as the ASC liaison with other professional organization mentoring programs. 

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year and Annual Board Meetings.  Typically, those reports would be due April 15 and October 15 respectively.

Chair -
Vernetta Young, Howard University - vyoung@howard.edu


NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
Charge -
The Committee shall oversee development of a slate of officers.  The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated, along with the preferred candidates (two (2) for President; two (2) for Vice-President; six (6) for Executive Counselor).   It shall be the responsibility of the Nominations Committee to prepare a memorandum outlining the procedures the Committee followed in obtaining nominations and recommending a slate of candidates to the Executive Board. This memorandum, the list of those nominated, and the preferred candidates shall be presented at the first Board Meeting that is held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting for approval by the Executive Board. The Board is to review, adjust when necessary, and approves a slate of candidates before the end of the Annual Meeting.

In an effort to reflect the diversity of Society membership, the Nominations Committee should consider the following factors in developing the slate of candidates: gender, ethnicity, geographic region, type of academic institution and/or employment setting, and orientation to the field.

Usually the Nominations Committee does not submit the names of current Board members as part of the slate.  Members of the Nominations Committee may not self-nominate, and cannot be considered as candidates for any elected office.  Those nominated must agree to the nomination and be willing to run for office, must be active members in good standing at the time of the nomination, and must have been active members in good standing for at least one (1) year prior to nomination.  

Nominations Committee members are encouraged to submit nominations, but those nominations must be submitted before the nomination deadline.  Nominations from Nomination Committee members can be considered after the deadline only if an insufficient number of nominations have been received and/or an insufficient number of individuals agree to run for office (two candidates for each position, ie., two for President, two for Vice President, and two for each Executive Counselor position).

The Chair of the Nominations Committee is to contact those nominated for Vice President and Executive Counselor and ascertain their willingness to run for office. The current ASC President is to contact those nominated for President and ascertain their willingness to run for office.

Shortly after the Annual Meeting the approved slate is submitted to the membership for review. If nominations for additional candidates for any office are received from two (2) percent or more of the active members via petition, those names are added to the ballot.  Petition deadline is usually in mid-March.

Typically, in early Spring, the final slate, along with brief biographical information and a statement from each candidate, is mailed to the membership.  Voting generally opens in mid-April.  Members are given 45 days to submit their ballots.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and submit a final report by October 15.

Chair -
Charles Wellford, University of Maryland - wellford@umd.edu


POLICY COMMITTEE
Charge -
The Committee shall consider issues related to crime and justice policy and make recommendations to the ASC Executive Board that further the ASC’s abiding interest in strengthening free and independent scientific inquiry, and support for crime and justice research.

Report - 
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year and Annual Board Meetings.  Typically those reports would be due April 15 and October 15 respectively, with interim reports and recommendations submitted as occasion requires.

Chair

Natasha Frost, Northeastern University - n.frost@neu.edu (term expires 11/19) 


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Program Committee has the responsibility to organize the substantive content (ie., the sessions) of the Annual Meeting, in coordination with the Program Committee Chair(s).  The Program Committee Chair(s) generally insure that this substantive program portion of the Annual Meeting is appropriately structured and coherent.  The Program Committee Chair(s) carry out the President's theme for the Annual Meeting.  In implementing this theme, the Program Chair(s) work closely with the President, and the Executive Director.  The Program Committee Chair(s) coordinate with the Deputy Director as the Deputy Director schedules the sessions.

Report -
The Program Committee Chair(s) are asked to prepare a formal progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15).

Co-Chairs -
Lynn Addington, American University - adding@american.edu
Rob Kane, Drexel University - rjk72@drexel.edu


PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Publication Committee's principal role is to oversee the Society's publications activities. For example, it makes recommendations to the Executive Board on such matters as editors, publishers, and publishing arrangements for the official society scholarly publications.

The Publications Committee shall consist of the ASC Vice-President as Chair, the ASC Vice President-Elect, and four members appointed by the ASC President, with the Editors of the society journals and Editors-Elect in years where such exist as ex officio (non-voting) members.  The four (4) appointed Committee members shall serve staggered two-year terms.

The Publications Committee may, with Executive Board approval, commission intellectually stimulating works of major importance.  Such works may cover the entire range of intellectual activity in criminology.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year and Annual Board Meetings.  Typically, those reports would be due April 15 and October 15 respectively.

Chair -
Jody Miller, Rutgers University - jody.miller@rutgers.edu (term expires 11/17)


STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Student Affairs Committee is to assist in the integration of student members into the activities of the Society. More specifically, the Committee is to oversee the student affairs column that appears in the The Criminologist. The Student Affairs Committee is to arrange for special sessions at the Annual Meeting dealing with topics specifically oriented to student interests. The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee serves as a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, with specific responsibility for the Professional Development/Students Meet Scholars area.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a report for the Mid-Year and Annual Board Meetings.  Typically, those reports would be due April 15 and October 15 respectively.

Chair -
Mona Jean Danner, Old Dominion University - mdanner@odu.edu


STUDENT AWARDS COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Student Awards Committee is responsible for managing the Gene Carte Student Paper Competition, particularly, selecting first, second, and third place winners, or stipulating that there are no papers that satisfactorily conform to the criteria for selection. 

The Committee is urged to connect with the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice to promote submissions for this paper competition.

Report -
The Committee is asked to prepare a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and submit a final report by August 15.

Chair -
David Kirk, Oxford University - david.kirk@nuffield.ox.ac.uk


TEACHING COMMITTEE

Charge -
The Committee is to engage in three primary activities:

1. Oversee the Teaching Tips Column in The Criminologist.
2. Independently and in conjunction with the ASC divisions, organize sessions and workshops at the Annual Meeting.
3. Oversee the web-based syllabi collection project, including the collection of ancillary teaching-related items such as associated assignments, class exercises, film recommendations, etc.

In addition, the Committee is asked to take the lead in all teaching related issues that might arise, including serving as a liaison with other relevant entities and organizations that have teaching related functions and interests.

Report -  
The Committee is asked to provide a progress report for the Mid-Year Board Meeting (typically due April 15), and a final report by October 15.

Chair - 
Charisse Coston, University of North Carolina-Charlotte - ccoston@uncc.edu