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Faculty Hiring Among Top-Ranked Criminal Justice and Criminology Graduate Programs: Maintaining an Elite Status.
Unformatted Document Text:  Introduction This study highlights the hiring practices of the top-ranked doctoral programs in the field of criminal justice and criminology. Previous studies exploring the hiring practices of other disciplines suggest that top-ranked programs, to maintain prestige, hire the majority of their faculty from other top-ranked programs in their discipline or hire their own graduates. Since criminal justice and criminology are closely aligned with other social sciences and there is a perceived shortage of potential candidates in the discipline, there is the plausibility that the top- ranked programs in the discipline do not adhere to this practice. Literature Review For clarification, the Department of Education (DOE) has identified Criminal Justice and Criminology as distinct and separate programs (Department of Education, 2000). The DOE lists Criminal Justice (43.01 – Criminal Justice and Corrections) under a general heading of Series Code 43: Security and Protective Services – “Instructional programs that focus on the principles and procedures for providing police, fire, and other safety services and managing penal institutions.” Criminology (45.04 – Criminology) is listed under a general heading of Series Code 45: Social Sciences – “Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social systems, social institutions, and social behavior” (see Classification for Instructional Programs: 2000 Edition, p. 147 & p. 152 for specific program definitions). One might suggest that the fields of criminal justice and criminology offer many opportunities to incorporate faculty from other disciplines, albeit from different disciplines. Based on DOE program classifications, criminology is closely aligned with, but distinctly separate from, other social science disciplines (i.e., anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies/affairs). Criminal justice’s disciplinary alignments

Authors: Lewis, John.
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This study highlights the hiring practices of the top-ranked doctoral programs in the field 
of criminal justice and criminology. Previous studies exploring the hiring practices of other 
disciplines suggest that top-ranked programs, to maintain prestige, hire the majority of their 
faculty from other top-ranked programs in their discipline or hire their own graduates. Since 
criminal justice and criminology are closely aligned with other social sciences and there is a 
perceived shortage of potential candidates in the discipline, there is the plausibility that the top-
ranked programs in the discipline do not adhere to this practice.
Literature Review
For clarification, the Department of Education (DOE) has identified Criminal Justice and 
Criminology as distinct and separate programs (Department of Education, 2000). The DOE lists 
Criminal Justice (43.01 – Criminal Justice and Corrections) under a general heading of Series 
Code 43: Security and Protective Services – “Instructional programs that focus on the principles 
and procedures for providing police, fire, and other safety services and managing penal 
institutions.” Criminology (45.04 – Criminology) is listed under a general heading of Series 
Code 45: Social Sciences – “Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social 
systems, social institutions, and social behavior” (see Classification for Instructional Programs: 
2000 Edition, p. 147 & p. 152 for specific program definitions).
One might suggest that the fields of criminal justice and criminology offer many 
opportunities to incorporate faculty from other disciplines, albeit from different disciplines. 
Based on DOE program classifications, criminology is closely aligned with, but distinctly 
separate from, other social science disciplines (i.e., anthropology, economics, political science, 
psychology, sociology, and urban studies/affairs). Criminal justice’s disciplinary alignments 

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