Administration of Justice professor receives teaching grant

Kristine Artello, assistant professor of administration of justice at Penn State New Kensington, was selected for a teaching grant through Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Artello’s grant project, “Helping Students Succeed in Distributive Classrooms: Engaging Local and Remote Students,” will develop a student handbook, activities and lessons to help students transition successfully to the distributive learning model. Distributed learning is an instructional model that involves using various information technologies--video or audio conferencing, satellite broadcasting, and Web-based multimedia formats -- to help students learn.

The handbook will provide a checklist for students to use and consider when taking these types of classes. The pilot project will begin in the fall in Artello’s Organized Crime class, a 400-level course that examines organized crime in terms of historical antecedents, structure, related theories, and policy issues.

“We want our students to succeed in these new learning environments,” said Artello. “As a University, we are still exploring how to make the system work best for our students. It is my hope that this handbook is another way to help our students excel as things continue to evolve at Penn State."

Artello joined the New Kensington faculty in 2010, when the campus launched the administration of justice bachelor’s degree program. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the student adviser. Artello holds a doctorate in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine.

A native of eastern Pennsylvania, she received a bachelor's degree from Rosemont (Pa.) College, a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve (Ohio) University, and master's degrees in the social sciences from Case Western and UC Irvine. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Artello acquired field experience as an attorney for the law firm of Nicolas, Perot and Strauss in Erie, Pa., and a social worker for Children and Family Services in Seattle.

The administration of justice degree focuses on the interrelated components of the criminal justice system: public and private sector enforcement and investigation, legal systems, correctional treatment and community services. The program is designed for students interested in entry-level employment, academic or research positions, or graduate education.

The four-year program is a collaborative effort of three Penn State campuses in western Pennsylvania: New Kensington, Beaver and Shenango. All classes needed for the degree are offered at each campus, although students in the program take some courses via a combination of Web-based and face-to-face technology in addition to the traditional classroom setting. For the grant project, New Kensington is designated as the local site and Beaver is the remote site.

The Schreyer Institute was founded to advance and support the teaching and learning community at Penn State. It invites proposals from Penn State faculty, departments, and degree-granting programs seeking support for teaching and learning endeavors in undergraduate education. Support for these projects includes consultations with the Institute, as well as funding.

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Last Updated July 19, 2012