Hayes and Orrick Presented National Teaching Awards

Brittany Hayes

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Brittany Hayes and Erin Orrick were recognized as among the top new teachers in the field by the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and SAGE.

Two faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology earned teaching awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), one of the largest professional organizations for academics in the field.


Assistant Professors Brittany Hayes and Erin Orrick from the College of Criminal Justice were presented the 2017 SAGE Junior Faculty Teaching Award “In recognition of significant promise as a teacher.” Created in 2008, the award recognizes new teaching professionals in the criminal justice and criminology disciplines. The award is funded by an annual donation from SAGE and royalties contributed by participating SAGE authors. Winners received a travel stipend to attend the ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop at this year’s conference in Kansas City.

To be eligible for the award, individuals had to receive a graduate degree within the last five years and teach classes in criminal justice or criminology full time.

Hayes joined the College in 2014, where she specializes in research on intimate partner abuse, particularly risk factors for intimate partner abuse in developing nations, and contextual factors that influence behaviors and attitudes. Hayes has published articles in such peer-reviewed journals as American Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Family Violence and Violence Against Women. Her dissertation was titled "The process of separation for victims of intimate partner violence: Evaluating risk of indirect and physical abuse relating to interpersonal events."

“As an Instructor, I continually seek out workshops on new and innovative teaching methods,” said Hayes after receiving the award. “I find learning from others with different experiences can only further improve my teaching. Participation in this workshop will connect me with other scholars, across the field, who can share insight on best practices.”

Orrick, who joined the College in 2013, specializes in the field of corrections, including contemporary issues, prisoner reentry and recidivism as well as criminal careers and criminal justice policy. She recently published articles in several leading journals, including Crime and Delinquency, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, among other peer-reviewed outlets.

“I was honored to receive the award, and look forward to being able to apply what I learn through participating in the workshop, back in the classroom,” said Orrick. “This award highlights the support ACJS and SAGE provide to develop junior faculty, and the importance of sharing best practices to improve classroom experiences for students.”

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