The Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA) just announced the results of the 2016 election. I am proud to say that I’ll be serving as the organization’s president in 2019! I’ve always valued SCJA and it’s contributions to the field and the broader academy. I’ve been an active member of SCJA since my time as a graduate student at Florida and I look forward to continuing to attend its meetings as long as I work in criminal justice. It an impressive organization and I hope to do it justice during my term.
Students reading this may be curious why the election is held three years before the term. As planning a large academic conference is one of the most important roles and that task is quite time consuming, the president must be selected well in advance. I’ll start planning immediately– working with the board to select a site in the next 12 months. This will be my main role in 2017 as 2nd Vice President (along with overseeing awards committees). I’ll continue to work on the conference in 2018 during my year as 1st Vice President while also creating the program for that year’s conference. In 2019, I’ll oversee the organization and conference. My final year as an officer will be 2020, when I will complete a number of tasks associated with the Immediate Past President position.
On another note, my three-year term as a member of the executive board is ending in just 18 days. I’d like to congratulate Dr. Christina Policastro of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for winning the election for that position. She’ll make an excellent addition to the board.