January, 2012

Happy New Year!  It's almost time to get back to work for the spring semester.  Make sure you are prepared for all of the opportunities available to you by keeping up to date with the UCF Criminal Justice Newsletter.

UCF Criminal Justice Career Fair
Mark your calendars now!  The UCF Criminal Justice Career Fair will be held on February 22 in the Student Union from 10am-2pm. This event is sponsored by the UCF chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and the Department of Criminal Justice and is open to all majors, minors, graduate students, and interested students.  Dress for success for this important event and talk to representatives from federal, state, and local police agencies, as well as representatives from top corporate and private security entities.  

Russia Study Abroad

Now is the time to consider participating in the 2012 Russia Study Abroad course.  There are limited seats available and it is important to reserve a seat.  The group departs Orlando on June 25, 2012 and returns from Moscow July 10, 2012.  Students will spend four days in Moscow and visit the major cultural and historical sites there including: Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin's Tomb.  The trip will also include a city bus tour and a Moscow River boat trip.  Students will then depart Moscow for travel to Volgograd (formally Stalingrad) via a 20 hour overnight train.  En route students will be met by English speaking university students from our host institution.  They will accompany us during our 9 day visit.  The city (Stalingrad) is one of the most historic cities in the world due to the heroic battle that occurred there when the Germans invaded during World War II.  More than 3 million German and Russian soldiers died there and thousands of civilians.  The city lies along the wide and beautiful Volga River (the longest in Europe) and has been totally rebuilt since the war.  It is much different than Moscow and will allow students to learn about modern Russia while seeing the old Soviet Union legacies.

Students will spend 5 days there attending morning classes at our host university.  The Volgograd Law Academy is a 5 year university that trains the future leaders of the Russian police system.  The classes are related to Russia's culture, history, geo-politics, contemporary societal issues, and the transformation from the Soviet Union to a modern democratic state.  In the afternoon students will visit historical sites and visit various government agencies to meet practitioners and learn more about how Russians work and live.  

The course is a 3 credit hour elective open to all majors at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.  It can be taken for non-credit (audit) and is available to any university student in Florida, as well as non-students.  The 2011 class will be the 10th group to share this incredible experience.  Seats are limited.  Please contact Dr. Mike Reynolds (kreynold@mail.ucf.edu) for more information or visit the Russia Study Abroad Website.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Internship
The Orange County Sheriff's Office has announced that it is now accepting applications for a two-semester long internship, called the "Law Enforcement Officer Training Corps" program.  This internship is provided only for UCF Criminal Justice students, and applications are due February 29, 2012 for the internship which will start in the Fall semester 2012, and continue into the Spring semester 2013.  Interested students should review the information about the program, application requirements, and the application process at https://sites.google.com/site/ucfleotc/

Valencia 5K
The Valencia Alumni Association is presenting Run, Walk & Roll, a 5K in support of Criminal Justice, Firefighter & EMS scholarships.  The event will take place at Valencia College's West Campus on Saturday, March 31, 2012.  Registration will begin at 5:00pm with the race beginning at 6:00pm.  On-line registration will be available beginning January 20th at valenciacollege.edu/alumni.  There will be individual registration and team registration available.  Individual rates will be $25 through March 24th, $27 between March 25 and March 30th, and $30 the day of the race.  The cost for Valencia students is $15 through March 30th, adn $30 the day of the race.  There will also be an option for those who wish to donate but are unable to participate.

Congratulations to Ray Surette on receiving continuation funding of his grant, "2011 UCF Student Support for the Orange County Corrections Division," with Orange County Corrections.
Congratulations to Jeff Rosky on the publication of his article "Too early is too soon:  Lessons from the Montana Department of Corrections Early Release Program."  The article is scheduled to appear in the next issue of Criminology and Public Policy.
Congratulations to Hugh Potter on the publication of the H1N1 Pandemic on U.S. Prisons: Results of a National Survey" in Corrections Today.  

Directed Independent Research Opportunity
The Louisiana Models for Change Initiative:  System Reform in Juvenile Justice (LaMfC), funded by the John D. and Catherine T. Foundation, focuses on three targeted areas of improvement (TAI):  improving alternatives to formal processing (AFP), reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC), and increasing evidence-based services (EBP).  A critical component of this initiative is the evaluation of the reform efforts surrounding each of the TAIs.  This component involves tracking trends in key stages of the juvenile justice system using state and local data provided by the LaMfC parishes.  This task requires a great deal of data collection, maintenance, and reporting.  Each year, data from over ten juvenile justice organizations is obtained from different agencies at different points of the juvenile justice system, including FINS, arrest, district attorney, court, detention, and the Office of Juvenile Justice.  These data are then cleaned, coded, and analyzed as part of the ongoing evaluation of juvenile justice reform in LA.
UCF Criminal Justice faculty member Dr. Kristina Childs is looking for three students who are interested in participating in the evaluation component of LaMfC for 2-3 independent research credit hours.  Students should have a 3.0 GPA and have taken at least on CCJ 3000-level course.  This position would be a great opportunity for somebody who is interested in juvenile justice research and/or applying to graduate school.
There will be two assignments that will be graded.  The first assignment is the cleaning/coding of juvenile justice data.  The students will be expected to work 5-6 hours a week on an assigned data file and perform simple cleaning/coding tasks such as re-coding variables, merging files, and deleting unnecessary information.  I will check the work on a weekly basis to ensure that the tasks are being completed accurately and in a timely manner.  Students will be evaluated based on accuracy and timeliness.  Students will work on the data until the last week of the semester.
The second assignment will be a presentation based on the data that each student cleans/codes.  The presentation will require each student to choose a topic they would like to study based on the data, analyze the data using simple statistics in SPSS, and develop a presentation.  Each student will be expected to give a 10-15 minute presentation to all of the students enrolled int he class, myself, and any additional faculty members that would like to attend.

Employment Opportunity
The Department of Criminal Justice has received a contract from the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners to assist in the development of a justice reinvestment plan.  This is a Department of Children and Family Services-funded initiative.  This project will require a thorough analysis of the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse delivery systems in Osceola County, leading to the development of a comprehensive plan to better public safety and community health outcomes.
We have been funded to provide immediately for two graduate student assistants to work on this project.  Each position would be required to provide 16 hours per week on-site in Osceola County.  The successful applicants will report on-site to Ms. Leigh-Ann Cuddy at the Osceola County Corrections Department.  Ms. Cuddy is a graduate of our Criminal Justice Research Masters degree program.  University supervision will be provided by Dr. R.H. Potter (HPA1-310), UCF Criminal Justice faculty member.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the entire criminal justice system and its interactions with other service sectors in the community.  It will require excellent analytic skills in terms of both research methods and organizational analysis.  Likewise, successful candidates will also demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
Interested students should forward a copy of their resumes/CVs, along with no more than a one-page (double-spaced, 12 point font) explanation of their interest inthe project and the skills and knowledge they have to address the project needs.  This letter should be sent to Dr. Potter (rhpotter@ucf.edu) no later than January 27 to be considered.

UCF Alumni Scholarships
Each year the UCF Alumni Association awards more than $40,000 in scholarships to UCF students demonstrating strong academic ability and significant extracurricular and community involvement.  The UCF Alumni Association is please to again offer more than a dozen scholarship opportunities.  UCF students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships for which they are eligible.  Visit www.ucfalumni.com/scholarships to download the application.  The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.  For any questions please call (407) 823-2586 or e-mail knights@ucfalumni.com.

Governor's Hurricane Conference
All students interested in Emergency Management are invited to apply for a Studnet Scholarship to attend the 26th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference May 13-18, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Students must currently be enrolled in a public or private institution of higher education (graduate or undergraduate) and have taken or be currently enrolled in emergency management related courses as part of their academic program.  In-State students will be given priority and the total number of students from each individual university will be limited.
Apply online between December 15, 2011 and February 15, 2012 at http://cdrp.net/ghcsp/index.cfm.  E-mail ghcrene@verizon.net to be added to the e-mail distribution list for future communications regarding the program.  Applicants will be notified of their status in March.  For more information on the 2012 GHC, visit www.flghc.org.

COHPA Commencement Announced for Spring 2012
Thursday May 3, 2012

Arena doors will open for guests approximately 90 minutes before each ceremony begins.

Afternoon Ceremony

Graduate candidates should plan to arrive at the UCF Arena at least 70 minutes before the processional begins.

2:10 p.m. - Procession of graduate candidates begins.

Further information on participating colleges will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

College of Health & Public Affairs
College of Medicine
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

2:30 p.m. - Commencement ceremony begins (will last approximately 2 hours)

Ticket Information

Each graduate candidate will receive up to 5 tickets.

Candidates unable to pick up tickets (regular or extra) may designate a third party to do so by providing them with a letter authorizing UCF to release the tickets during the appropriate times listed above. Letters must include name of person designated to pick up the tickets, the candidate’s name, PID, college of major and signature, and must be presented at the time of ticket pick up along with the student’s photo ID.

Further information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

Cap and Gown

Graduate candidates participating in the University of Central Florida Commencement Ceremony are required to wear the official UCF regalia available exclusively through the UCF Bookstores and online through Herff Jones at http://www.herffjones.com/college/ucf.

All rented items are due back by 5:00 p.m. on Graduation Day.

If you have any questions regarding ordering, please contact the Barnes & Noble Bookstore @ UCF at (407) 882-0365 or (407) 882-0362. Or the UCF Bookstore at (407) 823-2665. Careers in Forensic & Criminal Psychology Seminar

Dr. Eric W. Hickey, Director of the Center for Forensic Studies at Alliant International University, be discussing careers in criminal and forensic psychology as well as educational opportunities for students.  The seminar will take place February 23, 2012 in HPA 119 at 9:00 a.m.

Brevard County Substance Abuse Counselor Positions Available
STEPS, Inc. is seeking to immediately fill three positions for Specialized Treatment, Education, and Prevention Services, Inc.  All three positions are Full-Time and with benefits.  Two positions are available for the position of Brevard County Drug Court Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor and one position is available for the position of Brevard County Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor.
Requirements for Applicant:
  • Bachelors or Master's Degree in the Human Services field (preferred)
  • Certification: CAP or CCJAP (preferred)
  • At least two years experience in the substance abuse field
  • Four years or greater of experience may be substituted for the degree and/or Certification
  • Knowledge of the 65D-30 FAC
Candidates will be required to perform group sessions, individual sessions, treatment planning, and other functions.  Case loads average about 30 clients and can vary up to 50 depending on referrals.
The positions available for Brevard County Drug Court Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselors will work out of Melbourne, FL and must be available to work Monday through Friday (varied hours) with evening availability.
The position available for Brevard County Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselors will work out of Cocoa, FL (evening group sessions in Titusville and Melbourne) and must be available to work Monday through Friday (varied hours) with evening availability.
If interested please e-mail resumes to megan.racine@flsteps.org.

Drug Court Program Intern

Three unpaid internship opportunities are available for the position of Drug Court Program Intern.  Two interns are needed to work at that Orange County Courthouse and one intern is needed to work at the the Juvenile Assessment Center.  The positions involve assisting the Operations Assistant and the Court Case Managers who work for the 9th Judicial Adult Drug Court Program.  Job responsibilities include:
  • Assist with monitoring participant progress
  • Help prepare the docket for weekly court  hearings
  • Observe Drug Court Status Hearings
  • Accompany Case Managers in the field
  • Collect data and perform research
  • Other duties as assigned by the Drug Court staff
The prospective students must have some computer skills, be drug free, and be able to pass a background check.  The work schedule is flexible between Monday - Wednesday, between 9:00am - 5:00pm (Typically 15-20 hours).  For more information please contact Dr. Mike Reynolds (kreynolds@mail.ucf.edu ).

Congratulations to the following UCF Criminal Justice faculty and students who presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference in Washington D.C. the week of November 14th:
  • Kareem Jordan (Juvenile Transfer and Recidivism: A Propensity Matching Approach)
  • Karol Lucken & Cory Watkins (She Said He Said:  What Factors Determine Civil Protection Order Outcomes?)
  • Jacinta Gau (The Role of Social Cohesion in Police Legitimacy: Integrating Macro Level Conditions with a Psychological Process)
  • Jacinta Gau (Beyond Perception of Racial Discrimination: Additional Challenges to Police Legitimacy)
  • Ken Adams (External Validity as a Limiting Factor in Criminal Justice Policy Experiments)
  • Robert Bohm (The Death Penalty Debate: A Discussion of the Issues)
  • Robert Bohm (The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States)
  • Megan Magers (Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT): A Multi-System Response to Incidents Involving Persons with a Serious Mental Illness)
  • Michael Reynolds (A Longitudinal Analysis of Public-Police Cooperation in Russia)
  • Jessica Porcaro (Police Use of Force: Are the Homeless at Risk?)
  • Jeff Rosky: (Jail, Bail, and Foreclosure: The Hidden Cost of the Housing Crisis)
  • Daniel Bowman & Ashley Reid (Epidemiological Criminology)
  • Hugh Potter (Can Brief Interventions Change Criminogenic Risk and Health Behaviors?  Preliminary Results from the MISTERS Project)
  • Hugh Potter (Epidemiological Criminology: Where Two Worlds Converge)
  • Gene Paoline (Police Use of Force: Various Perspectives from a Special Issue of the Journal of Crime & Justice)
  • Bob Langworthy, Michael Flint, & Robert Ford (Police Organizational Profiles for Investigation)

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (Tampa) is hiring detention deputies ($44,335) and law enforcement deputies ($44,881).  They are looking to hire about 200 new deputies.  Students should apply within 3-6 months of graduation.  Applicants must meet the following:  US citizens; 21 years of age; no illegal drug use of any kind in the last 36 months; no use of any tobacco products in the last 6 months; no more than 3 moving violations in the last 5 years; no more than 5 moving violations, total, on driving history; no felony convictions; no misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement or domestic violence.  For more information call 1-800-343-4276 ext. 8070.

 Florida Council of 100 Position Available
There is a position available for an analyst with the Florida Council of 100, Inc.  At a minimum, individuals applying for this position should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in business administration, economics, finance, management, public administration, social science, or other qualitative or quantitative analyses and research field.  The job functions include:
  • Conducting policy research and analysis of issues of importance to the Council
  • Identifying, summarizing, and communicating key developments regarding topics of interest to the Council
  • Assisting with the development of Council work product, including reports and communication documents
  • Working with subject matter experts and stakeholders external to the Council as it relates to Council topics of interest and work product
  • Assisting with general Council functions, including meeting facilitation and website content management
  • Ability and willingness to occasionally work overtime, including nights and weekends, as needed
The salary and benefits for this position are as follows:
  • $35,000 annually
  • Health, Dental, and Life Insurance
  • IRA
  • Paid annual, sick, and holiday leave
For more information contact Sandy Moore at smoore@fc100.org.

START Position Available
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland College Park is currently seeking to hire a full-time Director of Administrative Services.  START supports research that applies the theories and methods of social science to the study of the human causes and consequences of terrorism and transitions its findings to the community.
The position responsibilities include:
  • Handling of day-to-day financial activities and operations and the long-term financial planning of the center
  • Sponsored research administration
  • General financial management
  • Other START activities as needed
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 years experience in accounting, sponsored research administration, or combination
  • Experience working in university setting and with budgetary management
  • MBA (Preference)
  • CPA certification (Preference)
This is a regular exempt position that is benefits eligible.  Salary is commensurate with experience and is mid-50s to low-60s, commensurate with education and experience.  For more details of this position and to submit applications, please go to http://jobs.umd.edu.  Please get applications in immediately.

Loss Prevention Fraud Associate Position
The position of a part-time Fraud Associate is available.  The hours are flexible and the successful candidate(s) would be working with Accertify software to help block fraudulent ticket purchases.  This is a part-time hourly role.  The position requires a review of online credit card transactions for potential fraud, block transactions as required, and preparing metrics surrounding fraud prevention. Required Qualifications: (These are minimum qualifications required for consideration) High school degree or equivalent; Demonstrated problem solving skills; Proven familiarity with audit and investigation techniques; Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills; Demonstrated strong partnering skills; Willingness to learn new software applications; Proven experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.  Desired Qualifications: Knowledge of credit card merchant acquiring industry; Financial services company loss prevention experience; Audit and or controls experience; Ability to make logical associations between data sets; Ability to work under tight deadlines; Ability to work with a variety of people and departments. Interested students should contact Reenie Howard, Walt Disney World Resort Financial Analyst, at reenie.howard@email.disney.com.

Graduate Paid "Internship"
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crime Analysis Unit is seeking a graduate student intern. This is a paid position ($12.50/hour) for 20 hours per week. The hours are flexible. The internship is not for course credit and there is no tuition assistance included. A personal criminal history and background screening is required as the successful candidate will have access to secure areas of the sheriff’s office located at W. Colonial Drive and John Young Parkway. You must have reliable transportation. 
This is an excellent opportunity to obtain direct experience working in a very interesting area of the sheriff’s office and a number of prior interns have secured permanent employment as a result of the internship. 
If you are interested, please send a current resume and your contact information to: Dr. Michael Reynolds, 
kreynold@mail.ucf.edu . If you have any questions, please call 407 823-2943.

Secure Alert Position
Positions are available for students with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field.  "Secure Alert" provides electronic monitoring across the county and are currently monitoring over 250 defendants in Orange County.  Interested candidates should contact Sarah Cargill at scargill@cpi.securealert.com.

Graduate Assistant Needed
The Department of Housing and Residence Life is seeking a Graduate Assistant (GA) for an immediate fall opening starting as soon as possible. This opening will be with our main campus staff or with our new staff team over in our affiliated property of Knight’s Circle. GA candidate placement will be decided after hire, so all candidates will be prepared to serve the residential students of any Department community. If interested, please apply by submitting a resume and cover letter addressing why you wish to work with Housing and Residence Life toElizabeth.Paris@ucf.edu. Do not complete the online application at this time. You must meet all qualifications to be considered. The GA position is a live-in position that requires you to reside in an assigned apartment or efficiency in Department provided housing. The GA position requires approximately 30 hours of work per week and receives compensation in both pay and rent free housing. Visit employment.housing.ucf.edu/ga for more information.  We will review candidates as we receive information and interested candidates will be notified in a timely manner as to whether or not the candidate will be offered an interview.  GA recruitment for 2012 positions starting in January and July will begin in September. 

University Writing Center
The University Writing Center is looking for peer consultants from across various disciplines who enjoy writing and working one-on-one with other students.  Our consultants participate in (paid) initial and ongoing weekly training, so teaching experience is not necessary.  Faculty recommendations are relied on heavily in the application process.  Peer consultants in both graduate and undergraduate are needed for flexible part-time work of between 5 and 12 hours per week.  For eligibility requirements and to fill out an application please go to http://uwc.cah.ucf.edu/consultants/index.php.  For more information please contact Dr. Kim Murray at kimberly.murray@ucf.edu or view the University Writing Center at http://uwc.cah.ucf.edu.

Gubernatorial Fellowships
The Gubernatorial Fellows program provides college and university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how state government operates.  Established in 2004, and endowed by Al Dawn Hoffman in 2005, the program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state government's top staff for two semesters.  For more information students should visit www.FloridaFellows.com.

 Don't Forget to Meet with your Advisor
Make an appointment with your Criminal Justice program advisor today by contacting the CJ office at 407-823-2603. 
Special walk-in office hours are also available for Dr. Mary Ann Eastep on Mondays from 1 - 3pm and with Ms. Marva Ellington on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.

 For the Record
The Department of Criminal Justice develops  an annual report of activities, please see the current issue of "For the Record" at www.cohpa.ucf.edu/documents/2009_For_the_Record.pdf.

MADD Court Monitoring Program

MADD has a Court Monitoring Program in Orange and Seminole Counties and is looking for volunteers.  More information can be found at: http://www.madd.org/Drunk-Driving/Drunk-Driving/Programs/View-Program.aspx?program=9.  For more information about MADD and the services and programs offered you can visit www.cflmadd.com or contact Kelli O'Donnell, Youth Coordinator of MADD Central Florida at kelli.ODonnell@madd.org.

CourtWatch Brevard is looking for Volunteers

Court Watchers are impartial observers of the judicial system.  They document their observations and impressions in cases of stalking, injunctions, dating violence, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault or other instances of violence and abuse.  This information is compiled and findings are presented to the Court and the community.  Volunteering for CourtWatch provides a great opportunity for UCF students to be a part of the action inside the courtroom, bridge classroom experience to the practical experience of working with victims in the community, meet community needs, explore carrers in criminal justice, receive service learning credits, and enhance your resume.    For more information, visit: Brevard  http://www.courtwatchbrevard.org or for Orange and Seminole Counties http://www.courtwatchflorida.org/ .  Brevard students wishing to complete service learning/extra credit/volunteering hours are advised to contact Rebeccas Shillings at vucf_southern@mail.ucf.edu .

 AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available

Communities In Schools of Florida in partnership with the Florida Attorney General's Office are seeking spring Criminal Justice graduates to fill two AmeriCorps VISTA positions in Seminole County and Hillsborough County.  The position is a paid volunteer experience funded by the Federal Government agency of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The assignment is for one year and will focus on the Attorney Generals' Gang Reduction initiative.  Interested students should contact Billiel Metayer, Assistant Program Director, at metayerb@cisfl.org .

 Earn Your Crime Mapping and Analysis Certificate
Crime Analysis is among one of the fastest growing professions in the Criminal Justice field.  There is a growing demand at the local, state, and federal levels for individuals trained in this area.  Salaries are also rapidly increasing for those individuals who have the skills to work in this field.  Students interested in learning more about earning a certificate in crime mapping and analysis should view the flyer for this exciting opportunity at http://sites.google.com/site/ucfcjlsnews/Home/july-2009/crime-mapping-and-analysis-flyer.  Additional information can also be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Looking For Criminal Justice Related Jobs?
For anyone interested in finding jobs and careers in the fields of Criminal Justice please check out http://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/crim.jus/joblinks.shtml.

 Springer eBook Collection 2005-2009
UCF Libraries is pleased to announce availability of the complete Springer eBook Collection 2005-2009, which was made possible through an award from the Technology Fee Committee.  Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books and series.  The e-books are suitable for research, study and course projects and can be assigned as textbooks.  In addition, UCF users now have access to all of Springer's major book series from 1997 to 2009, including the well-known Lecture Notes Series.
Springer e-books are now available to all UCF students, faculty and staff, anywhere, anytime.  Students will be able to discover Springer e-books in the catalog, on the library website and even in Google Scholar.  Springer e-books are in PDF format, therefore students can print, e-mail and download entire chapters and books to read off-line on a cell phone, e-book reader, laptop or computer.
For additional information go to:
http://tinyurl.com/yc34jp2 - a list of current titles
http://libguides.lib.ucf.edu/textbooks - LibGuide to Springer Textbooks

 Exciting Job Opportunity

Academic Services for Student Athletes is hiring tutors for Criminal Justice students.  Any current UCF student grad or undergraduate or recent graduate can tutor any course in which they earned a B or better.  Preference is given to graduate students and undergraduates with more than 60 credit hours.  The pay rate is $8.50 for graduate students and $7.21 for undergraduates and tutors typically work 10-20 hours a week.  Contact Mary Ann Eastep at (407) 823-2603 for additional information.

 New Course Numbers

Students are advised that there are new course numbers in criminal justice classes.  New Prefixes include:
CCJ (Criminal Justice Theory)
CJC (Corrections)
CJE (Law Enforcement)
CJJ (Juvenile Justice)
CJL (Criminal Justice Law)
CJT (Criminal Justice Technologies)
DSC (Domestic Security)
SCC (Security)

 Honors in the Major (Criminal Justice)
The Honors in the Major (HIM) Program is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to undertake original and independent work in their major field.  Working one on one with a willing faculty member from their major department, eligible students will research, write, defend and publish and original Honors thesis that serves as the capstone product of their undergraduate career.  This thesis is bound and archived in the university library and is available to researchers world wide through electronic databases.

To be eligible, students must have completed 60 hours of college credit and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.2 for overall upper division course work.  If accepted to the program, students enjoy the privileges of being a student in The Burnett Honors College.  Some of these benefits include use of the Honors College computer laboratory, extended library check out privileges and access to the Honors Reading Room.  Competitive scholarship money is also available.

Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the Honors in the Major distinction when graduating, including recognition at the elegant Honors graduation banquet where they are invested with an Honors medallion that is worn as part of their regalia at graduation.  The designation of "honors in (subject area)" is noted on the student's University transcript and diploma.  For further information on HIM, please contact Dr. Karol Lucken at (407) 823-6487 or lucken@mail.ucf.edu.

 CJ Student Organizations

Get involved!  As a criminal justice major or minor you can develop your skills in your chosen career path!  Learn more about these organization.

Criminal Justice

LAE Criminal Justice Pre-Professional Fraternity
Lambda Alpha Epsilon invites all Criminal Justice majors, minors and students interested in Criminal Justice to get involved in one of the most active criminal justice organizations anywhere.  Participate in ride-alongs, jail tours, the UCF Career Fair, criminal justice crime-scene competitions and volunteer at events (such as SWAT roundup).  Everyone is welcome to attend, feel free to join us to learn more about exciting opportunities in our national pre-professional criminal justice fraternity.  More information and contact e-mail addresses can be found on our chapter website, http://www.laedzo.org.

APS Criminal Justice Honor Society
Students interested in the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society can visit the website http://www.alphaphisigma.org/ and can contact Dr. Cory Watkins at (407) 823-2603 or at rwatkins@mail.ucf.edu or cjhonors@gmail.com for more information.  Benefits include access to job opportunities, association with other like-minded serious criminal justice students, involvement in a nationally recognized professional organization, exposure to a wide range of criminal justice related activities outside of the academic environment.  The following are the requirements for Alpha Phi Sigma Members:  Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale, a 3.2 GPA, on a 4.0 scale, in criminal justice courses and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.  The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor.  Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of 3.4 GPA in both Criminal Justice courses and overall courses, on a 4.0 scale.  Students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.


Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Alumni Chapter
Are you graduating soon?  The CJ/LS Alumni Chapter would like to remind you to keep in touch when you graduate.  There are plenty of leadership opportunities available.  You receive automatic membership in this club when you join the UCF Alumni Association (No Extra Dues).  Contact Katie Korkosz at (407) 823-1600.
Omicron Delta Kappa
ODK, one of the nation's premier Leadership Societies has a chapter a UCF which can be accessed on the web athttp://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~odk/.  Dr. David Gray Ross of the Department of criminal Justice and Legal Studies is the advisor to the UCF Chapter and invites all students to review the qualifications and consider learning more about this nationally recognized organization.  Dr. Ross can be reached at dross@mail.ucf.edu to answer your questions.

 Talk to Your Academic Advisor

We encourage all students to speak to an academic advisor as often as necessary to ensure their academic success, but no less than once a year.  Make an appointment with a faculty member or program advisor today, by contacting the Criminal Justice office at (407) 823-2603. 


The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in teaching, research and service.  Dedicated to our students, the faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry.  We conduct quality research and pursue local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in our disciplines.  By actively developing meaningful partnerships we provide exemplary service to the university and the broader professional and acadmic community.