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53 Faculty Scholars Honored at 4th Biennial Faculty Authors’ Celebration

This year’s celebration recognized faculty from across eight colleges, the library and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning...
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Quality and Flexibility: UCF Online Programs Rank Among Top 10 in Nation by U.S. News for 2024

Rising in the national rankings, UCF’s faculty-led, innovative online programs position students for success...
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Crime Scene Confidential: UCF Alum Finds Her Purpose Through This First-of-its-kind Investigative TV Show

Alina Burroughs ’00 ’02MS uses forensics and raw evidence to shed new light on cases long overdue for justice...
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Ahead of the Curve: Criminal Justice Student Graduates at 18

Years ahead of her peers, Rhen Myers ’23 is getting a head start on pursuing her goal of working in...
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New UCF Project Works to Help Keep Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Safe

The goal is to create a screening tool that can be used by student health services and beyond, including in...
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UCF-led Research Team to Develop Pandemic Guidelines for Community Supervision Agencies

Criminal justice faculty member Jill Viglione will work with experts to examine best practices and compile evidence-based guidelines for agencies...
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UCF Professor Recognized by Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for Domestic Violence Research, Leadership Initiatives

Lee Ross has dedicated much of his research efforts to examining criminal legal systems’ responses to domestic violence...
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UCF Reach for the Stars 2023 Honorees Are Unleashing the Potential of People, Ideas

The researchers are working to improve how we respond to survivors of violence, promote positive healthcare, explore space, advance computing...
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Rising in U.S. News Rankings, UCF Advances Florida’s Workforce Through High-quality Online Programs

Nine UCF programs rank in the top 10 nationally, providing flexibility and increased opportunities for students to succeed in critical...
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UCF Podcast: Championing Against Violence

Bethany Backes, an assistant professor in the Violence Against Women faculty cluster, shares what it means to be a champion...
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UCF Alum Sworn in as New Orlando Police Chief

Eric Smith ’93 graduated with a degree in criminal justice and has worked at the Orlando Police Department for nearly...
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UCF Alum Named Assistant Director of U.S. Secret Service Office of Investigations

David Smith ’98 ’00MPA has held numerous roles with the U.S. Secret Service over his nearly 21-year career...
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24 Faculty Members Receive Promotion

Two dozen faculty members from the College of Community Innovation and Education were approved for promotion effective Aug. 8...
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Survivor Link National Training Program Launches at UCF

The program will support nine social work students, developing their ability to respond to domestic violence...
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College of Community Innovation and Education Celebrates Inaugural Alumni Celebration Knight

The College of Community Innovation and Education, in partnership with the CCIE Alumni Board, recognized outstanding alumni and community partners...
UCF Conference Receives National Criminal Justice Month Program of the Year Award

UCF Conference Receives National Criminal Justice Month Program of the Year Award

The annual Criminal Justice and Public Service Conference was recognized for its commitment to the benefit of both criminal justice...
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Student Research Week: The Impact of Disaster Migration on Receiving Communities

Graduate student Ashley Steen is looking at the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to the Central Florida community following...
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UCF Professor’s Research Helps Inform Policy, Laws Surrounding Intimate Partner Cyber Abuse

Erica Fissel, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, shares her passion for helping women affected by cyber abuse...
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26 Exemplary Students Awarded 2022 Order of Pegasus

Awarded each spring, the Order of Pegasus is UCF’s most prestigious student honor...
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Ross Wolf Named Fellow of the American Council on Education

He is one of 46 higher education leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious program...
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UCF Researchers to Identify Decision-making Factors in Courts Regarding Medications for Opioid-use Disorder

The team’s findings will be used by the Office of the State Courts Administrator to develop trainings and guidelines for...
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Recipients of the 2022 Seed Funding Program Announced

The program awarded a total of $1 million to 32 teams. This is the third year the program has been...
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UCF Breaks into Top 10 Best Online Schools with No. 7 Ranking — Best in University’s History

UCF consistently rises in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, earning recognition among the best universities in the country...
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UCF Criminal Justice Graduate Student Lands New Role at Orange County Sheriff’s Office

For Aleesha Jahur ’21, it was a simple class in criminal justice that ignited her passion for the field –...
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New NSF-Funded Survey Aims to Understand Gender Inequity in STEM Fields

What’s learned could help build a model to improve equity in higher education nationwide...
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UCF’s Brightest Shine During Luminary Awards

15 faculty members were honored for being academic leaders, bettering lives and shining a light in the world...
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New UCF Co-led Study Will Focus on Keeping Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Safe

The researchers will create evidence-based, intimate partner violence pretrial safety assessment guides for judges to use when considering pretrial release...
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In the Words of Rangers: The Human Side of Conserving Wildlife

UCF professor explores ranger perspectives on their work environment and its impact on wildlife conservation...
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Surviving Earthquake Motivates UCF Grad to Make the Most of Her Life

Haitian native Bianka Paul refused to let losing everything stop her from pursuing the life she wanted...
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Faculty Members Honored with UCF Incentive Awards

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the 2021 UCF Teaching Incentive Program and Research Incentive Award...
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25 Faculty Members Receive Promotion

In recognition of their commendable performance in assigned teaching, research and service, 25 faculty members from the UCF College...
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UCF Criminal Justice Graduate Programs Ranks among the Best in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings once again reflect UCF's excellence in criminal justice, emergency and...
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UCF Researchers Work with Public Agencies to Examine Pandemic Efforts, Effects

From predicting COVID-19 infection rates to the pandemic’s influence on domestic violence, UCF experts contribute to national and international knowledge...
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30 UCF Graduate Programs Rank Among the Best in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings once again reflects UCF’s excellence in emergency and crisis management...
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UCF Professor Helps Elevate the Discussion and Inform Policy About Violence Against Women

Bethany Backes, assistant professor of criminal justice and social work, reflects on her path to academia for Women’s History Month...
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2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

Recognized by Faculty Excellence, the 2021 honorees have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and...
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UCF Names 30 Under 30 Alumni Award Winners

The 2021 class is scheduled to be honored in a celebratory event later this spring...
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UCF Funds Second Round of $1 Million SEED Initiative to Support Faculty Research

Thirty-seven teams are awarded grants to investigate a variety of research including the use of artificial intelligence to improve battery...
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UCF Celebrates 25 Years of Online Learning with Top-15 U.S. Ranking

One of the factors that contributes to UCF’s repeated success in online learning is the level of attention and detail...
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UCF Study Will Look at Transitional Housing Effectiveness for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Housing programs can serve as a lifeline for domestic violence survivors and their children – providing them with vital resources...
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UCF Study Will Look at COVID-19 Effects on Services that Help Prevent Reoffending

Mental health professionals share tips for dealing with stress during coronavirus precautions...
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UCF Student Reflects on Pulse Shooting 4 Years Later

Graduate criminal justice student Zoe Williamson was visiting from England and on a police ride-along when she stepped up to...
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1st Criminal Justice Doctoral Graduate Delivers Hope in Jail Suicide-Prevention Study

UCF graduate’s research focuses on earlier signs for prevention of suicide in jails and inspires new scholarship opportunity...
Catherine Kaukinen

Fighting Violence Against Women, Together

UCF criminal justice professor’s record of research, teaching and service pushes boundaries of disciplinary knowledge...
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The Big Winner: UCF Alum Gains New Perspective on ‘The Biggest Loser’

Robert Richardson ’12 shares his experience with the revamped version of the hit series, which premieres Jan. 28 on USA...
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UCF Online Programs Rank Among Top 20 in Nation — Again

U.S. News & World Report continues to rank UCF’s undergraduate online programs among the best in the nation...
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Generations of Mentorship Strengthen Criminal Justice Research and Impact

Criminal justice doctoral student Lucas Alward walked into Jill Viglione’s office with 15 research questions for his dissertation. Viglione, who...
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Students Place in Criminal Justice Competitions, Meet Potential Employers

Criminal justice students put their classroom knowledge into practice at the American Criminal Justice Association Regional Conference in Tallahassee last...
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Turning Point

Kevin Greene ’17 would be known to friends and family as a basketball player had it not been for one...
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Learning to Thrive After Life Behind Bars

Criminal justice graduate is honored for overseeing a county program that provides a career path for people released from incarceration...
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Potter to Lead UCF’s Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The sociology professor also has a background working with Florida’s justice system and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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WSJ Op-Ed: Solitary Confinement Curbs Prison Gang Violence But Potential for Harmful Consequences Calls for Alternate Strategies

Four percent of inmates in U.S. state and federal prisons live in solitary confinement, “physically and socially isolated for 23...
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27 UCF Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Top 100 in the Nation

Twenty-seven UCF programs were nationally ranked today in the top 100 of their fields by U.S. News & World Report, and 35 graduate...
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Interdisciplinary Call to Action Addresses Correctional Healthcare and the Community

"One of my favorite phrases with my students is criminal justice is no longer just us. We have to bring...
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UCF’s Online Undergraduate Programs Recognized Among the Best in the Nation

The University of Central Florida’s online undergraduate programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World...
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Criminal Justice, Psychology Undergrad Researches Suicide Risk in Jails

Inmates in the nation’s jails commit three times more suicides than in prisons. Undergraduate Megan Small researched what might cause...
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American Society of Criminology Division of Policing Honors Professor

Congratulations to our college's Gene Paoline, professor of criminal justice, on his Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of...
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Many People Who Are Stalked Never Tell Anyone

According to survey data from more than 2,100 adults, one-quarter of Americans who have been stalked never told anyone about...
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UCF Alumnus Directs Lockheed Martin’s Relief Efforts for Hurricane Maria

Forty horses. Sixteen cars. One commercial airplane. What do these things all have in common? They each weigh roughly 80,000...
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New UCF Police Chief Says Criminal Justice Degree Strengthens Leadership Skills

Carl Metzger, who received his master’s degree in criminal justice at UCF, was recently named UCF’s police chief. We spoke...
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Fighting the Dark Hearts: UCF Faculty, Alumni Combat Human Trafficking

Although the term “human trafficking” is relatively new, the phenomena it comprises – sex trafficking, forced labor and debt bondage...