May 18, 2018

Criminal Justice student scholars publish literature review compendium for community partners

UW-Superior's Criminal Justice 374 Research Methods in Criminal Justice class worked with eight community partners in law and justice organizations on 16 real-world literature reviews.

UW-Superior's Criminal Justice 374 Research Methods in Criminal Justice class worked with eight community partners in law and justice organizations on 16 real-world literature reviews.

Sixteen original literature reviews were generated by individual student scholars

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Criminal Justice 374 Research Methods in Criminal Justice class decided to be bold this semester. Rather than doing hypothetical work around literature review skills, they worked with eight community partners in law and justice organizations on 16 real-world literature reviews. The result of months of labor was a 107-page compendium for the partners to collectively use to obtain more information on topics of interest related to law and justice.  

“Research is very relevant in the real world of criminal justice,” said Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, faculty instructor for the class. “I wanted to bring this methods class to life by helping students to see and value the significance of this skill to real world partners.  The law and justice community stepped up with really interesting research questions that they are considering in their agencies and the students embraced the challenge.”

The community partners in the law and justice field included Daniel Lew and Cindy Evenson from the Sixth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Duluth, Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt of the Duluth Police Department, Chief Nick Alexander of the Superior Police Department, Amber Popplewell from CASDA in Superior, Chief Mike Tusken of the Duluth Police Department, Dawn Peterson of The Hills Youth and Family Service, and Scott Miller of DAIP in Duluth.  

Sixteen original literature reviews were generated by individual student scholars in their junior or senior year in the Legal Studies-Criminal Justice Program at UW-Superior. The topics ranged from law enforcement related topics such as mindful policing to measurements of success for youth services to delayed and false reporting for the public defender’s office. Each student received a community partner assignment and worked for three months on the literature review for their partner.  

The students also developed research project proposals that could be done in the future related to the topics.

The student scholars included Daniel Conley, Lane Empson, Isaac Gilliland, Lyndsey Harp, Chelsey Irvin, Luke Jacques, Mackenzie Jardine, Kahley Kallberg, Robert Lander, Marylynne Leadstrom, Amy Lemenager, Katherine Oland, Alexis Piepho, Layee Sanoe, Kelsey Schnell and Jake Spencer. The compendium was edited by student editors Kahley Kallberg and Marylynne Leadstrom. These co-editors spent additional hours ensuring the compendium was uniform and formatted properly and they wrote a short preface.

Each community partner will receive a complimentary copy of the compendium for their use.

UW-Superior's Criminal Justice 374 Research Methods in Criminal Justice class worked with eight community partners in law and justice organizations on 16 real-world literature reviews.

UW-Superior's Criminal Justice 374 Research Methods in Criminal Justice class worked with eight community partners in law and justice organizations on 16 real-world literature reviews.

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The Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Program is a high quality pre-professional program in law and justice committed to a strong liberal arts foundation. UW-Superior offers a Legal Studies major, a Criminal Justice concentration and minor. The program provides real world applied and experiential learning experiences to prepare students for advanced education (such as law school or graduate school) or entry in law and justice related careers. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo.

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