Department of Criminal Justice Sciences Professor Shelly Clevenger is the recipient of the American Society of Criminology, Division of Victimology’s Faculty Teacher of the Year Award. Clevenger has been teaching victimology at Illinois State University since 2013. Her area of research is sexual victimization, cyber victimization, and intimate partner violence.

The American Society of Criminology, Division of Victimology’s Faculty Teacher of the Year Award is given to a teacher who possesses excellence in teaching victimology or victimology-related courses taught during the past two academic years. Nomination must include one letter of support and evidence of teaching excellence. In the letter, the nominator must provide explanation and evidence for why the nominee’s teaching is excellent. Evidence of teaching excellence could include (but is not limited to) letters from students or examples of assignments.

Clevenger has authored peer-reviewed publications on these topics appearing in such journals as Feminist Criminology, Sexual Abuse, and Security Journal, with upcoming publications in the Journal of School Violence and the Journal of Rural Sociology. Clevenger also served as editor, as well as contributor, for the edited volume The Virtual Enemy: The Intersection between Intimate Partner Abuse, Technology, and Cybercrime. In addition, Clevenger has authored publications on pedagogy appearing in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, which have highlighted her use on nonconventional teaching methods in the classroom, such as using active learning, music, and comic books. Clevenger has a contract with Taylor and Francis for an active learning victimology textbook due in 2017.

Clevenger also works closely with both graduate and undergraduate students on research projects through research assistantships and independent studies. She also regularly has students work with her through teaching assistantships and civic engagement projects.

More information about Clevenger and her research can be found on the Criminal Justice Sciences Web page.