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First Issue of Journal of Human Security & Resilience

The first issue of SPA's Center for Human Security's professional journal, Journal of Human Security & Resilience, is now available. Congratulations to Steve Recca and Edin Mujkic. Journal of Human Security & Resilience

Criminal Justice course in London

UCCS BACJ and MCJ students can study the history and roots of US Criminal Justice in London, England this summer from July 10 - 17, 2017. This faculty-directed course will facilitate meetings with members of the Royal Courts of Justice, House of Parliament and more. Contact Katy Cathcart for details and program credit at or (719) 255-2255 for details. An information session will be held on March 7, 2017 from 5 - 6:309pm in UC 116. Download CJ in London flyers for more details:

UCD Maymester Course: International Development in East Africa

UCCS MPA students who are interested in understanding and addressing policy related to international development, public management and public policy have an opportunity to take University of Colorado Denver's International Development in East Africa course. Contact Dr. Don Klingner for details and program credit at or (719) 255-4012 for details. International Development in East Africa flyer for more details.

Excellence in Teaching: Katy Cathcart Receives Prestigious WACJ 2016 Innovative Teaching Award

Katy Cathcart, UCCS School of Public Affairs' Senior Instructor of Criminal Justice, has received the 2016 Western Association of Criminal Justice (WACJ) Innovative Teaching Award! The WACJ is an affiliate of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and awards faculty who demonstrate excellence and innovation in their teaching practices in higher education.

Katy will present about her innovative teaching strategies at the upcoming conference in Las Vegas, NV October 12-14.

WACJ 2016 Innovative Teaching Award.

Regina Winters Tapped as Prestigious Ethics Fellow

School Public Affairs' Assistant Dean and Senior Instructor, Regina Winters, has been chosen as one of seven faculty UCCS faculty members to serve as a UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow for 2016-2017. Seven faculty tapped as ethics fellows.

Faculty Conference Presentation: American Correctional Association

On August 6, 2016, Senior Instructor Katy Cathcart and Dr. Susan Jones will be presenting and conducting a workshop at the annual American Correctional Association Conference.

Title: "What Does the Culture Have to do With It? Boundary Violations and Staff Misconduct"

Topic: This workshop will look into the relationship between the correctional culture and its effect upon staff misconduct and boundary violations. Aspects of the culture will be examined to include staff support for each other, the effect of staff misconduct upon the work environment, and the effect of sexual harassment from offenders. This presentation will discuss the effect that these aspects have upon the professional image of corrections work. Solutions for culture change will be presented that will challenge the attendees to look at this in a whole different light.

Spotlight: Steve Recca

The University of Colorado's weekly publication (May 19, 2016) CU Connections profiled the School of Public Affairs' Steve Recca, Executive Director of the Center for Human Security, in CU's spotlight interview "Five questions for Steve Recca."

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic for getting two co-authored articles published:
"Web 2.0: How social media applications leverage nonprofit responses during a wildfire crisis"
"Leadership Behaviors and Trust in Leaders: Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government"

Faculty Alert: Michael Landon-Murray

At the 2016 annual conference of the International Studies Association, Dr. Michael Landon-Murray was elected as an Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) editor for a news and information partnership with H-Intel, a venue for “scholarly discussion and collaboration on intelligence.” He will be pursuing exploratory projects such as an intelligence studies data repository to help increase empirical intelligence research as well as bridging the gap between intelligence research and practice.

Dr. Michasel Landon Murray was recently selected as a course and program certification reviewer for the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE).

Outstanding Students of the Year for School of Public Affairs

We congratulate these students for their excellence in the following School of Public Affairs' programs for the academic year 2015-2016: BACJ: Caleb Payne, Heather Edwards, Jacob Schubert, Alyssa Swantkoski; MPABrandon Bishop and Kevin Hudgens; MCJAmy Bunn and Jake Campbell.

Speaking Engagement: Steve Recca

Our very own Executive Director of Human Security Steve Recca gave the Keynote Speech on March 22 (2016) at the International Balkan University's Conference on "Security and Disaster Policy"

Publication Alert: Randy Pearson

School of Public Affairs' Randy Pearson's article, "Thoughts on Special Operations Forces Roles in Combating Transnational Organized Crime", is included in the 2016 Joint Special Operations University monograph.

Publication Alert: Don Klingner

Dr. Don Klingner and Dr. Roberto Moreno Espinosa, co-edited "Using the ‘Narcotrafico’ Threat to Build Public Administration Capacity between the US and Mexico." This Spanish-language book was originally published and has been published in Mexico, "La Tormenta Perfecta: El tráfico en las drogas ilegales en la zona fronteriza Mexico - Estados Unidos y las administraciones publicas."

ISBN: 978-607-96906-1-8

Distinguished Professor Don Klingner Presents in Mexico

Early February 2016, Distinguished Professor Don Klingner co-coordinated a 3-day conference at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). Dr. Klingner presented on "The Importance of professional associations in strengthening public administration", "Drug trafficking and public administration in the trans-border region of the US and Mexico", and "Public administration in the US and Mexico: A comparative perspective" during the conference.

Dean George Reed Publishes Article

In November 2015, Dr. George Reed and co-writer James Dobbs got their article "Military Leadership and Administrative Evil in Overcoming Leadership Challenges: International Perspectives" published in Canadian Defence Academy Press (pp. 105-119)

Criminal Justice Faculty Presenting at The American Society of Criminology

We congratulate Dr. Anna Kosloski, Dr. Stephanie Ryon, and Dr. Henriikka Weir of the School of Public Affairs on being accepted to present at the prestigious "The American Society of Criminology," the annual flagship conference in the field of criminology in Washington D.C. from November 18-21, 2015.

Dr. Anna Kosloski
Chairing a session entitled “Gendered Contexts of Crime”
Presenting “The Effect of Sexual Assault Victim and Perpetrator Social Class on Perceiver Perceptions of Blame” and “ Human Trafficking in the United States: Law Enforcement Perspectives and Intervention”

Dr. Stephanie Ryon
Chairing a session entitled “Vulnerable Populations in the Juvenile Justice System”
Presenting: The Juvenile Transfer Heuristic: An Experimental Test of Criminal Justice Professionals’ Sentencing Preferences” and “Invisible Offenders: Estimating Online Sex Customers”

Dr. Henriikka Weir
Presenting: “Reducing Recidivism: A Long Term Evaluation of the Reintegration & Recovery Program in El Paso County, Colorado”
Presentation is a collaboration with our UCCS student Kevin Greier

SPA Podcast Series: Criminal Justice Conversations

October 12, 2015: The School of Public Affairs' radio show Criminal Justice Conversations has been moved to a podcast to allow students and others to easily access the show’s interviews anytime throughout the semester. The show features criminal justice professionals from Southern Colorado, and presents professional perspectives on the criminal justice academic and career path.

Fall 2015 Radio Show Guests include:

  • Maria O'Connell- Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Undecided- Academic Advisor
  • Michael Landon-Murray- Ph.D., Assistant Professor- School of Public Affairs
  • George Reed- Ph.D., Dean and Professor- School of Public Affairs

Spring 2015 Radio Show Guests include:

  • Stephanie Ryon - Assistant Professor, UCCS School of Public Affairs
  • Brian McPike - Executive Director of Police Operations and Chief of Police, UCCS
  • Sabrina Hurwitz – District Wildlife Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Each interview may be accessed through the SPA Podcast location:

CDOC Contract for Services

July 1, 2015: The School of Public Affairs congratulates Dr. Stephanie Ryon, Anna Kosloski, and Henriikka Weir for the renewal of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) contract. Dr. Ryon is the Principal Investigator and Drs. Anna Kosloski and Henriikka Weir are the Co-Principal Investigators of the contract between CDOC and UCCS. Since 2014, the School of Public Affairs has been leading the contract, providing research and evaluation services, managing Professional Research Assistants, interns, and student employees, and offering direction on emerging avenues of empirical inquiry within Corrections.

Student Spotlights

July 8, 2015: School of Public Affairs' MPA alumnus, Stuart Sockman, performed his capstone project for the MPA program on emergency preparedness in the Pikes Peak region. Working with the Colorado Springs Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO), Sockman conducted his research on "Perceptions of Wildfire and Flooding Preparedness in the Pikes Peak Region. CONO subsequently requested Sockman to deliver his presentation at the CONO meeting in July.

Publication Alert

The School of Public Affairs congratulates Dr. Henrikka Weir and Dr. Katie Kaukinen on their forthcoming (2015) article: "Delinquent Effects of Childhood Exposure to Violent Victimization: A Latent Longitudinal Class Analysis.” Special Issue on Sociological Studies of Children and Youth In Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research.
Date: May 1, 2015

SPA Events for UCCS 50th Anniversary Making News

The School of Public Affairs is organizing a series of events in May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UCCS with events that emphasize the role of the public and nonprofit sectors. See the Communique artcle on SPA's 50th Anniversary events.

SPA's International Symposium in Communique

UCCS' Communique gives a nod to the School of Public Affairs' symposium on U.S. and Mexico relations in a feature article, "International symposium to explore Mexico, U.S. relations".

Lindsay Knell of UCCS School of Public Affairs Receives UCCS Employee of the Quarter Award

The School of Public Affairs' Lindsay Knell has been named UCCS Employee of the Quarter. We congratulate Lindsay, our consummate and talented professional, on this well-deserved award. Read about Lindsay's recognition in UCCS' official Communique article.
Date: April 13, 2015

Publication Alert

The School of Public Affairs congratulates Dr. Henrikka Weir and Dr. Anna Kosloski on the publication of their article, “Melding theoretical perspectives: A gendered look at low-resting heart rate and developmental trajectories of antisocial behavior.” This article was just published in the March issue of “Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Law and Society.” This volume is a special issue on biosocial criminology.
Date: March 10, 2015

Curriculum Awards

We congratulate Katy Catchart, Dr. Robert Wonnett, Dr. Henrikka Weir, and Dr. Anna Kosloski on being awarded course development grants through UCCS' Compass Curriculum.
Date: March 9, 2015

Publication Alert

We congratulate Dr. Katie Kaukinen and BACJ/MCJ alumna Laurie Buchanan on their article being accepted for publication (3rd author SPA Denver’s Angela Gover): Catherine Kaukinen, Laurie Buchanan, and Angela R. Gover. (Forthcoming). "Child Abuse and the Experience of Violence in College Dating Relationships: Examining the Moderating Effect of Gender and Race. Journal of Family Violence"
Date: December 5, 2015