Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 24, 2003
Cal State L.A. Enhances Program in Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
Los Angeles, CA - California State University, Los Angeles' Department
of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics has been granted the status of School.
The newly reconfigured School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics is
located within the University's College of Health and Human Services.
The formation of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics represents
the culmination of several years of structural reorganization, curricular
revision, and new faculty recruitment.
"It places the program on equal footing with nationally recognized Schools
of Criminal Justice and will enhance the program's potential for recruiting
highly qualified students and faculty, for entering the highly competitive
world of external funding, and for placing students in highly sought after
positions upon graduation," explains Mitchell T. Maki, acting dean for the
College of Health and Human Services.
In the fall quarter 2001, the name of the Department of Criminal Justice
was changed to the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. Deborah
R. Baskin, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics for
the past 8 years and a CSULA faculty member since 1995, directs the School.
Baskin noted that the previous name change reflected the "increasing interest
in Criminalistics and continuing growth in the number of students seeking
careers in that field."
Baskin, an expert in gender and crime, received her B.A. from SUNY-Buffalo,
M.S. from Northeastern University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
One of her research projects was funded by the National Institute of Drug
Abuse to examine women in crime, drug markets and the community context. Her
recent grant work focuses on drugs and violence, especially methamphetamines.
She has been recognized with an outstanding teacher award from John Jay College
of Criminal Justice. She has also co-published a book, with her husband and
colleague Ira Sommers, entitled Casualties of Community Disorder.
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