Calls and Opportunities

Applications are now being accepted for the Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation at OSU, July 6-24, 2015. Faculty pursuing tenure and career success in research-intensive institutions, academics transitioning from teaching to research institutions, and faculty members carrying out research in teaching contexts will be interested in this Summer Research Institute.  Funded by the National Science Foundation, the institute is designed to promote successful research projects and careers among faculty from underrepresented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. During the institute, participants work to complete an ongoing project (either a research paper or grant proposal) in preparation for journal submission or agency funding review. In addition, participants gain information that serves as a tool-kit tailored to successful navigation of the academic setting. Completed applications must be sent electronically by Friday, February 13, 2015. To download the application form, please see our web site ( Once completed, submit all requested application materials to All applicants must hold regular tenure-track positions in U.S. institutions and demonstrate how their participation broadens participation of underrepresented groups in crime and justice research. Graduate students without tenure track appointments are not eligible for this program. Please direct all inquiries to

Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, an annual series which focuses upon cutting-edge topics in family research around the globe, is seeking manuscript submissions for its 2015 volume. The 2015 volume of CPFR will focus on the theme of ‘Violence and Crime in the Family: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences.’ In virtually all societies, crime is an ever-present problem. Although families are often envisioned as a ‘safe haven,’ criminologists and family researchers have found the familial context to be at the core of many forms of crime and violence. This multidisciplinary volume of CPFR will address topics such as: child abuse and neglect, spousal violence, marital rape, incarceration and parenting, community crime and family well-being, family life and delinquency, intrafamily violence, familial homicide, sexual abuse, parental kidnapping, and familicide. The 2015 volume with be coedited by Sheila Royo Maxwell of Michigan State University and Sampson Lee Blair of The State University of New York (Buffalo). Manuscripts should be submitted directly to the editors ( and, preferably in MS WORD format. Manuscripts should not exceed 40 double-spaced pages (not including tables, figures, and references). Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in CPFR. Manuscripts should adhere to the APA format. Manuscripts should represent previously unpublished work. An abstract of 150-200 words should be included at the beginning of each manuscript. All manuscripts will undergo peer review. The deadline for initial submissions is January 20, 2015. Any questions may be directed to the editors.

The Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on prisons and imprisonment. Manuscripts with a variety of foci will be considered for the issue, including examinations of 1) the causes and/or correlates of inmate maladjustment (e.g., mental health problems, crime, and victimization); 2) the responses to or consequences of inmate maladjustment; 3) correctional staff well-being (e.g., stress, safety, morale); 4) the effects of exposure to various prison environments on inmates or staff; and 5) effectiveness of strategies designed to improve inmate and staff well-being. The issue will be guest edited by Benjamin Steiner and John Wooldredge. All submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed. Manuscripts must be 25 pages or less, double-spaced, and accompanied by an abstract of approximately 100 words. The abstract, references, and all figures and tables are not counted towards the 25 page limit. Manuscripts should be received no later than December 1, 2015. Manuscripts should be in MS Word format and conform to the formatting style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Please send two electronic copies of the manuscript, one complete version (with a cover page including the author’s name, title, institutional affiliation with complete address, email and phone contact information, and any acknowledgments with relevant funding information), and one blind copy with all identifying information removed to Benjamin Steiner ( Please include "Special Issue of JCCJ" in the subject line.