Penn State Beaver faculty publications are announced

May 18, 2012

Articles written by two Penn State Beaver faculty members have been published in The Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 8(2).

John Chapin, professor of communications, is the author of “Third-person perception and myths about crime and victims of crime.” Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice, wrote “Continuing the Conversation - The Operationalization of Focal Concerns Perspective: Assessing Sentencing Decisions for Criminal Child Neglect.”

Chapin, who joined the Beaver campus in 1998, has conducted research and published extensively on the topics of mass media, intimate partner violence, bullying, stalking, racism, and school violence. His research has also focused on the social effects of media, popular music, popular culture, social networks, and the effectiveness of public health campaigns for adolescents. In addition, he has developed a variety of programs about domestic violence prevention for educators, health care professionals, and communities.

He has been recognized frequently for his work with Crisis Center North (CCN), a nonprofit counseling and educational resource center for victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County.

Pierce joined Beaver campus in 2010 for the launch of the bachelor’s degree in administration of justice which is jointly delivered by Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango.

This spring Pierce received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board’s Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award and the NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award. In addition, she received the 2012 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award which is given to non-tenured faculty and doctoral level teaching assistants who meet eligibility criteria and show significant promise as teachers. The award is sponsored by SAGE Publications, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and participating SAGE authors.

Pierce also received a grant in 2011 from the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence which allowed her to attend the Lilly-East Conference on College and University Teaching which is designed to attract faculty in a variety of disciplines and at various stages of their academic careers from the United States and abroad. Last year Pierce gave a presentation, “A Review of Women in Violent Roles,” as part of the Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series.

Chapin holds a doctorate in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University; a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. He can be reached at or 724-773-3877. Pierce holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College. She can be contacted at or 724-773-3549.


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Last Updated May 21, 2012