Two CCJ Faculty Win Presidential Awards

2018 Presidential Award Winners

2018 Presidential Award Winners

Dr. Fred Bloetscher, from the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College for Design and Social Inquiry


Florida Atlantic University hosted the 49th annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  The annual ceremony recognizes the University’s most outstanding students and faculty members. Student honors include prestigious merit-based scholarships, among other academic awards.  Faculty honors include researchers/scholars of the year, as well as teaching and advising awards.

Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, won the Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty-Led Community Engagement for Research for her work with the Florida Department of Corrections evaluating an inmate reentry portal, a GEO grant evaluating continuum of care, and two funded grants with the Palm Beach County Commission evaluating an offender reentry program and alternatives for frequent users of the Palm Beach County Jail.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, won the Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty-Led Community Engagement for Service for his work with tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook on cyberbullying and safe social media.

Scottish Students Arriving for Summer

In alternate years of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Scotland study abroad program – coordinated by Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk – criminology and criminal justice students from Edinburg Napier University and the University of West Scotland come to one of the three participating consortium universities (Florida Atlantic University, University of West Florida, and Washburn University).


Some 30 Scottish students, and three or four faculty, will arrive at FAU June 10th for a two-week visit. FAU CCJ faculty will present lectures, and the students will visit CCJ agencies and talk with CJ professionals, as well as soak up some sun and fun during their off time before heading home on June 23rd.


“We are extremely excited here in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to host the Scottish students and faculty this summer,” Atkin-Plunk said. ” Last summer, our students spent two weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, where they heard lectures from various professors, as well as attended tours of the Scottish Parliament, Police Scotland Headquarters, a youthful offender institution, the Sheriff’s Court, and the High Court.”


“Our students had life-changing experiences in Scotland,” Atkin-Plunk continued. “It was such a fantastic experience for all involved, and I hope to provide a similar program for the Scottish students when they visit FAU and South Florida.”