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Distinguished Professor Todd Clear Appointed Dean of the School of Research at Rutgers

New York, NY, January 8, 2009 – John Jay College Distinguished Professor Todd Clear has been appointed dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers–Newark. He will begin his post at Rutgers, where he previously served as a faculty member from 1978-1996, in March.

“Professor Clear has had an exemplary tenure at John Jay. He revitalized our doctoral program in criminal justice, raised John Jay’s profile in the research community and helped us build a strong undergraduate program in criminal justice education. His significant contributions to the field of criminal justice have been recognized by peers and have had a real-world impact on incarceration policy. Although he will be missed, we wish him continued success in his new endeavor,” said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College.

A leading scholar on incarceration and community justice, Professor Clear has authored numerous and frequently cited publications on criminal justice policy and corrections. Professor Clear has served as president of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He also is the founding editor of Criminology & Public Policy, a quarterly journal published by the American Society of Criminology.

Professor Clear joined John Jay as a CUNY Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice in 1999. Prior to that appointment, he was associate dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. From 1978-1996, he was a faculty member at Rutgers University. He served as vice president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency from 1991-93 and has taught at Ball State University and DePaul University.

Professor Clear was the 2007 recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s pretigous Herbert Bloch Award. His work has also been recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association and the International Community Corrections Association.

He has authored 12 books, including the 2007 work Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse (Oxford University Press), and Community Justice (co-authored with Eric Cadora, Wadsworth Press, 2003).

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit