Professor Shares Research Findings with Federal Commission on School Safety

Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Professor in the FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on the impact of the virtual world and social media on violence and student safety.  He recently shared his expertise with the Federal Commission on School Safety headed by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C.

The Cyber & Classroom Connection

Hinduja kicked off the meeting by sharing findings that there is significant overlap between students who experience cyberbullying online and those who experience bullying at school.

“In our most recent study of a nationally-representative sample of approximately 5,700 middle and high-school students across America, 34% say that they have been cyber-bullied during their lifetime,” Hinduja said. “In addition, 12% revealed that they had cyberbullied others during their lifetime. So that’s one-third of youth across America indicating they’ve been bullied online, and about one in ten stating they have bullied others online. We also know that more than 80% of those being cyberbullied are also being bullied at school, indicating a strong overlap.”

Four Recommendations for Long-Term Change

After sharing that the ad-hoc strategies schools often employ are lacking in terms of lasting impact, Hinduja shared his four recommendations to the Federal Government for comprehensive and systemic change:

  1. Create a positive school climate of connectedness.
  2. Modify social norms to reward responsible social media behavior.
  3. Tap into students’ knowledge to help set achievable standards.
  4. Implement resilience programming for empowerment.

In closing, Dr. Hinduja recommended that the Federal Government provide more personnel and funding to schools, add funding for research to make sure initiatives are optimized, seek better ways to get best practices into the hands of those who need them, and finally, promote accountability at the school, state, and federal levels.

“This will help ensure that adequate resources are provided so that our students can thrive, and our communities can flourish,” Hinduja said.

 

Click below to watch Dr. Hinduja make his recommendations to the Federal Commission on School Safety.

Public Ethics Academy Receives $500,000 Endowment

 

The Public Ethics Academy at FAU just received some major news, to the tune of a nearly $500,000 endowment from the former Collins Center for Public Policy in Miami. FAU was invited to make a formal proposal of how it would apply the disbursed funds, along with three other Florida entities – which included the Florida Humanities Council, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College. Ultimately, the Collins Center Board unanimously awarded their generous financial gift to FAU to name the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy, in honor of former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins, who governed from 1955 to 1960.

“Our objective was very clear: to preserve the legacy of Governor Collins, who was really a man ahead of his time and a shining example of ethics, integrity, and courage,” said Merrett Stierheim, former Collins Center board chairman. “Each proposing organization made a very genuine and sincere effort to respond to the criteria that we set forth, but at the end of the day, the vote was unanimously in favor of FAU because of the quality of their submission.”

 

Applying the Funds

In addition to naming the Public Ethics Academy, which lives within the College for Design and Social Inquiry under the School of Public Administration, the annual interest from the endowment corpus will be used to fund student scholarships, awarded as a result of essay submissions that cover the life and leadership of Governor Collins.

“The student essays will be permanent representatives of what the Governor stood for and believed in; but more importantly, that kind of [scholarly] competition will expose a lot of young people to his work,” said Joe Oglesby, Collins Center board member. “The research that they do will illuminate his achievements in a very special way that will be around for generations after generations.”

 

Remembering Governor Collins

Oglesby recalls being a young boy in the 1950s and hearing his mother, aunt, and uncle discussing Governor Collins. While he was too young to understand the specifics of their conversation, he remembers that their tone was always hopeful when referring to the Governor, who was the first leader of a Southern state to voice support for de-segregation and civil rights.

“As I grew older, I learned more about the Governor and what he actually did, and it was so special and separate from the main thought of the day,” Oglesby said.  “He was a very courageous man, and he went out on the plank for his beliefs. We would be fortunate if others would adopt that frame of mind and just say ‘I’m going to do what’s best for the state and the nation, and to hell with political labels’. When you compare that kind of integrity with what we see too often today where it’s all about self and ideology, you can appreciate how special he was.”

A lifetime public servant himself, Stierheim says that associating the Collins name with ethical values carries special meaning, and that the student essays will only perpetuate his great name and establish a living legacy – all under the guidance of the Academy’s Director and Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner, Peter Cruise.

“It was my grandfather’s steadfast conviction with respect for others and a moral courage guided by the truth and by his conscience that helped define his leadership,” said LeRoy Collins III, Governor Collins’s grandson and Collins Center board member.

“He once said, ‘Government cannot live by taxes alone, or by jobs alone, or even by roads alone… Government must have qualities of the spirit. Without these qualities, there is no worthwhile leadership, and we grapple and grope in a moral wilderness.’ That is never more appropriate than today, and can only be accomplished by supporting, inspiring, and training our youth. FAU is a worthy partner for that endeavor, and I’m excited for all they will accomplish,” Collins said.

 

Looking Forward

All voting members of the Collins board are confident that Cruise and his team have built a plan that will work well into the future. Stierheim, Oglesby, and Collins will serve as Advisory Board members for the academy, beginning in Fall 2018.

“My grandfather was very focused on training future leaders with a strength of character,” Collins said. “Doing what was right was more important than doing what was popular. We need leaders with a vision and sense of purpose to tackle the problems we, as Floridians, face in today’s modern world. He would be pleased that his legacy is being perpetuated at FAU.”

The Academy is honored to have also received a $10,000 donation from The Eric Friedheim Foundation and a $50,000 pledge from an anonymous donor.

“Long after I am gone, the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy will still be going strong, and Governor Collins would be very pleased,” Stierheim said. “It’s a beautiful legacy to have – honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. You couldn’t ask for more.”

SCCJ Faculty: By the Numbers

Did you know? The FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty have published more than 25 books, made more than 500 presentations at conferences around the world, published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters, and received more than $8.2 million in sponsored research funding from agencies, including:

 

  • The Florida Department of Corrections
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services federal flow through
  • The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission flow through from the MacArthur Foundation
  • The National Institute of Justice federal flow through
  • The GEO Group

Keep up the great work!

LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy Receives Stierheim Video Archives

FAU’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy is privileged to host the following video archives featuring Merrett R. Stierheim, now in his sixth decade of public service with such former roles as City of Miami Manager, Miami-Dade County Manager, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent, Manager of Miami-Lakes and Doral, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, and many more.

“Through the generosity of the Stierheim family and the work by Mayco Villafana, the PEA can now share these wonderful memories of the career and life of Mr. Good Government: Merrett Stierheim,” said Peter Cruise, Director of the FAU Public Ethics Academy and Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner.

Visit our “About Merrett R. Stierheim” page to learn more about his life and legacy, and to view the video archives.

Top Graduate School Honors by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report awards top universities in their annual list of “Best Colleges Rankings”, which spans nearly 50 categories students can reference when making their college selection.

We are proud to announce that Florida Atlantic University’s School of Public Administration in the College for Design and Social Inquiry just earned a coveted spot. We were named one of the Best Graduate Schools in Public Affairs for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, nearly 300 bachelor students and 140 masters students accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our students, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.

Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the workforce, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

As Chairman of the FAU Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar said during his undergraduate commencement speech, “It’s now our turn to learn from you.” Be well and best wishes!

  • 21 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 127 Bachelor of Arts
  • 16 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 14 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 23 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 70 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 16 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 8 Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 9 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • 6 Master of Public Administration
  • 12 Master of Science
  • 106 Master of Social Work

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Commencement

Spring 2018 Graduate Commencement

2018 FAU Mentor and Mentee of the Year

Dr. Lincoln Sloas

Dr. Lincoln Sloas

Congratulations to Dr. Lincoln Sloas, Assistant Professor in the FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, for being named the 2018 FAU Faculty Mentor of the Year – a completely student-nominated and student-elected award through FAU’s Mentoring Project.

College often means new experiences, responsibilities, demands, and decisions. For many students, it’s not always easy to navigate their new world and balance challenging course loads. Mentorship can make all the difference in a student’s success.

“Having someone to talk about classes, but also life in general, is very important,” Sloas said. “Sometimes students don’t have that outlet, so having someone like me can help them progress in their college career and in their life. I find great value in taking stock in students’ lives at FAU and post-graduation, and then keeping track so I can watch their careers flourish.”

Ms. Hanna Cedillo, a second-semester freshman, was named Mentee of the Year. Cedillo and Sloas have been working together as mentor and mentee throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

“His mentees know he bends over backwards to provide them with information, opportunities, and resources,” said Dr. John Smykla, School Director and Professor. “He also encourages them to produce quality work, and he does it with humility. Dr. Sloas is open to learning from students, rather than always looking for opportunities to advance his own work, and his award is well-deserved.”

Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Martin Caldieron, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, for being selected for the J. William Fulbright Scholarship award to Mozambique.

“This competitive and prestigious merit-based scholarship is a testament to Dr. Caldieron’s research and significant contributions he has made and will no doubt continue to make,” said Dr. Ron Nyhan, Acting Dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“The quality and level of his service, leadership, and excellence in these areas are trademarks for the award.”

Professor Invited to the United Nations

Dr. Ali Farazmand, Professor in the FAU School of Public Administration, has been invited to participate in the United Nations’ Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN-CEPA) Meetings in New York, April 23-27th.

 

The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States notably in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in support of the implementation and progress reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

“This meeting puts Florida Atlantic University on the global map of top institutions that are involved in these efforts,” said Dr. Farazmand.

 

The goal of the Committee’s time together will be to address and help the United Nations with:

(a) solving current and future global problems by

(b) offering creative ideas and solutions to crises of all sorts around the world;

(c) providing technical and advisory assistance to Member-States on improving governance and public administration; and

(d) preparing draft papers and reports for discussions for dissemination of knowledge and policy advice towards achieving the UN 2030 Strategic Sustainability Goals with issues that include environment, development, crisis management, capacity building, metropolitan sustainability, governance, and public administration.

 

“I feel highly honored to again be representing FAU in this global institutional body that shoulders an enormous responsibility in tackling a multitude of issues and problems of our world,” Farazmand continued.

Public Ethics Academy Honored By Palm Beach County

BY BRITTANY SYLVESTRI | 3/19/2018

The Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University has been honored by the Palm Beach County Commission with a proclamation naming April “Ethics Awareness Month.”

“Having the Public Ethics Academy recognized by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners as a part of the ethics partnership in Palm Beach County shows just how strong FAU’s community engagement has become under President Kelly’s leadership,” said Peter Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy.

The Public Ethics Academy was first organized by FAU in 2009 to research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. Cruise was appointed executive director of the Academy upon its re-launch and was recently appointed to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for a four-year term.

FAU Appoints New Ethics Commissioner

BY BRITTANY-SYLVESTRI | 2/6/2018

Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy in the School of Public Administration within the College for Design and Social Inquiry, was appointed by FAU President John Kelly to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for a four-year term.

The mission of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics is to foster integrity in public services, to promote the public’s trust and confidence in that service, and to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties.

“Cruise has extensive experience in the field of ethics and public administration, and is well qualified to serve on the Commission,” said Kelly.

An accomplished scholar, he has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of ethics and organizational studies. This is in addition to his time as a tenured faculty member who has taught and conducted research in the field of ethics.

Cruise served for more than 12 years as a health and human services manager. He also has served on the editorial board of the Global Virtue Ethics Reviewthe Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, and the Jossey-Bass/John Wiley Health Care Management Book Series.

For more information on the Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit cdsi.fau.edu/spa/pea/.

FAU Re-Launches Public Ethics Academy

BY BRITTANY-SULLIVAN | 10/10/2017

Florida Atlantic University has re-launched the Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration at the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“We are excited about the re-launch of the Public Ethics Academy,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “It is more important than ever before for us to provide a platform for the discussion and support of high ethical standards for those who serve our communities.”

The Public Ethics Academy was first organized by FAU in 2009 to research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. Recently, Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D., was appointed executive director of the Academy upon its re-launch. Cruise graduated from FAU in 1995 and in 2015 was named a College for Design and Social Inquiry distinguished alumnus.

“Working to promote ethical behavior, especially in the public sector, has long been a focus of my academic and professional careers,” said Peter Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy. “In 2009, FAU also recognized the need to weigh in on public sector ethics with the formation of the Public Ethics Academy. I am honored to be back at FAU as we expand the Academy’s programs and services throughout the University.”

The University-based nature of the Academy, housed at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, allows for the rapid incorporation and dissemination of the latest scholarly research on ethics issues by noted faculty for the Academy’s training programs.

“Peter Cruise brings a lot of energy, dedication and expertise to his new role as executive director of the Public Ethics Academy,” said Steven Bourassa, Ph.D., director of the School of Public Administration. “I am very excited about the prospects for the Academy under his capable leadership.”

For more information on the Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit cdsi.fau.edu/spa/pea/.

New Career College Liaison for CDSI

Samantha Yorke, Assistant Director for the FAU Career Center, will be serving as the college liaison to the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Samantha can assist with resume writing, cover letters, career exploration, internships, job opportunities, mock interviews and more. Overall, Samantha seeks to support students with their personal and professional development.

Samantha’s office is located in SO 121.To schedule an appointment for career advising, please call (561) 297-4703 or email syorke@fau.edu. Walk-in hours are Wednesdays from 9a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 1p.m. to 4p.m. For more information, please click here.

For faculty or administration interested in requesting a career-related presentation or workshop, please click here.

Dr. Wes Hawkins Named Dean of College for Design & Social Inquiry

FAU recently announced that Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., was named dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry, after serving as interim dean for the past two years. During his time as interim dean, Wes had the opportunity to collaborate with the neuroscience, healthy aging and ocean/environmental science pillars. He also served as an associate provost at FAU.

Previously, Wes held faculty and research positions at Johns Hopkins University, the Clinical Trials Division at the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the University of Oregon. His research areas include adolescent depression, substance use disorders, and the collegiate recovery movement. Wes earned an M.S.W. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University.

We appreciate Wes stepping up to advance our mission of making FAU “America’s fastest improving university” and look forward to his continued leadership of the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

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