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Academic Scholar - 2016

Nancy Hogan

Nancy HoganNancy Hogan, a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 award for her impressive record of scholarship. “Hogan has had an outstanding record of scholarship over the past 19 years,” writes Beth Zimmer for the Academic Scholar Award committee. “Her work addresses important issues within her field of study and provides new and unique insights into the criminal justice behaviors of officers and inmates. She has authored over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book, several book chapters and written 20 technical papers and evaluations reports.”

In his nomination letter, Gregory Vander Kooi says of Hogan, “Her work has been noticed by her own field, where she was listed as 13th out of 100 most productive criminologists (see Cohn & Farrington, 2014).” He continues, “Further, her work is regularly cited by other academics who explore job satisfaction and organizational commitment.” Her collaboration with other institutions includes universities in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio.

Hogan brings her scholarship into the classroom. Vander Kooi notes that Hogan places research “… at the center of understanding evidence-based programming.” He continues, “Her classes are demanding, but informative and place the theoretical into the practical application.”  Zimmer also writes of Hogan’s classroom contributions, “Her commitment to teaching was clear and compelling and she is actively involved with students and colleague mentoring.”

Regarding research, Hogan writes, “Personally, I believe I cannot be a good teacher without constantly updating my knowledge through the world of research. But, sometimes there is a schism between the theoretical and the practical.” One tactic she uses to bridge this gap is problem-based learning where students research all sides of an issue before making a decision. Her hope is that students make decisions objectively rather than rely on media bias.

Hogan earned a doctoral degree in justice studies from Arizona State University. She also earned a master’s degree in administration of justice from Mercyhurst College, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Gannon University.