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Laudations is an online collection spotlighting the professional contributions Muskingum University faculty and staff make to their respective disciplines.


Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Samantha Bennett co-authored the book Police Pursuing Justice: Reframing Law Enforcement for the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023). Using the commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a case-study, with Ohio and Minnesota as controls, the book examines how Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) legislation “trickles down” to the law enforcement level through Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy and the Juvenile Justice Act. This legislation is a direct application of the BARJ model to law enforcement, essentially directing police discretion in the direction of informal dispositions.


Director of the Educator Preparation Program Tim Slekar and Associate Professor of Education Keith Eberly attended the 2023 Education Deans for Justice and Equity conference at the University of San Diego. They presented on Muskingum University's teacher apprenticeship partnership with the Muskingum and Ohio Valley Educational Service Centers. 


Visiting Assistant Professor of English Kim Shegog’s collection of short stories Crossing Over (Clemson University Press, 2022) was named a 2023 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist.


Professor of History and Miriam G. Schwartz Faculty Scholar Laura Hilton received a $7,200 grant from the Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission, in conjunction with the Ohio Humanities Council. The grant will fund the development of workshops for grades 7-12 Social Studies and Language Arts instructors on teaching the Holocaust, along with a talk by a nationally-recognized scholar on the Holocaust during the Fall 2023 semester. History major and Adolescent Young Adult/Social Studies licensure student Christopher Brison ’25 will be working with Dr. Hilton on developing the grades 7-12 curriculum and lesson plans.


Associate Professor of Mathematics Matt Davis was awarded a 2023 Merten M. Hasse Prize from the Mathematical Association of America for his co-authorship of “Being Rational About Algebraic Numbers,” published in the College Mathematics Journal.


Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Arnold presented a talk online to the University of Wroclaw (Poland) undergraduate conference “Aggressive Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation: Regional and Global Dimensions of Threats and Challenges.” His talk focused on “The Paramilitarization of Russia – An Enduring Threat to the Global Order.” He also gave an invited interview to the show “24,” the leading daily news and current affairs show across the Persian-speaking region and among the Persian-speaking diaspora around the world.

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