Pierce receives professional development teaching award

Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of the 2012 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award. The SAGE award is given to nontenured faculty and doctoral level teaching assistants who meet eligibility criteria and show significant promise as teachers.

The $700 award is funded by SAGE Publications, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and participating SAGE authors, was developed to help defray the cost of the recipient’s attendance at the Annual ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop and Meeting in New York City in March 2012.

The ACJS is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

Pierce began teaching last fall when Beaver, Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango began joint delivery of the bachelor’s degree in administration of justice. She recently co-authored "Assessing the Influence of Familial Paternalism on Child Neglect Sentencing Decisions," an article that appeared online in June in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. In addition, she was featured in the 2011 Penn State Beaver Spring Faculty Speakers Series when she presented a program titled "A Review of Women in Violent Roles."

Prior to arriving at Penn State, Pierce was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University. She also served as the instructor of record for the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. She 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.

Pierce can be contacted at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

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Last Updated October 03, 2011