The 3rd Annual Presidential Awards for Outstanding Faculty-Led Engaged Teaching, Engaged Research/Scholarship and Engaged Service were presented to three distinguished faculty members by President Kelly at the 2019 Honors Convocation Ceremony. Our heartiest congratulations to these engaged faculty members.
The recipient of the 2019 Presidential Award for Outstanding Engaged Teaching is Dr. Mara Schiff, Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, in the College for Design and Social Inquiry.
Dr. Schiff developed the Applying Criminal Justice Theory, Research and Policy course, which now serves as the graduate capstone requirement. She mentors her students through the process of conceptualizing, developing, and implementing a community-based justice reform action project. The goal is to identify a need, then design and lead a reform effort that meets a specific need in the community.
For the students, the project is intended to move them beyond seeing themselves as mere recipients of professional expertise, to experiencing their own leadership capacity as justice professionals. She is committed to making sure that students are aware of and knowledgeable about, cutting-edge reforms in criminal justice.
The recipient of the 2019 Presidential Award for Outstanding Engaged Research/Scholarship is Dr. Seth Fallik, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, in the College for Design and Social Inquiry.
Through the Project Safe Neighborhood Task-Force initiative, Dr. Fallik works with seven federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies in Palm Beach County. The initiative is a data-driven endeavor to bring about change in local gun and gang crime. Dr. Fallik also is involved in community research that shows compassion to disenfranchised and marginalized populations.
In addition, he is the co-principle investigator on a MacArthur Foundation-funded project. The mission of the grant is to identify frequent users of public services in Palm Beach County and provide them with permanent and supportive housing to address them co-occurring issues, such as substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness, and criminal justice involvement.
The recipient of the 2019 Presidential Award for Outstanding Engaged Service is Dr. Rhonda Goodman, Professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
In the summer of 2018, Dr. Goodman single-handedly raised more than forty-eight thousand dollars to build a junior high school in the village of La Plazuela, in the Guatemalan highlands of San MarteenJilotepeque. The children in this village had never studied beyond fifth grade because their parents could not afford to send them several villages away to the only junior high school in the area. Thanks to Dr. Goodman, construction was completed and the new junior high school admitted its first students this past February.