The group’s research agenda follows four major tracks: social justice curricula involving in-service training and higher education, offenders with special needs, parity issues, and justice research and analysis.
Social Justice Curricula involving In-service Training and Higher Education
The first track is the study of how education can be used to improve social justice issues in the workplace and the community. This includes the goals, application, effectiveness, and limitations of in-service training in agencies and higher education.
Topics under this track include–
- Social Justice Curricula
Cultural Conflict courses
Cultural Diversity courses
Decision Making courses
- Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
- 1967 President’s Commission
- College degree requirement (officers)
Offenders with Special Needs
The second track is the exploration of the issues and challenges of offenders with special needs in the community and society. Interactions with these groups with the different social agencies, criminal justice agencies and the community can result in conflict.
Topics under this track includes-
- Re-entry issues
- LGBT issues
- Mental Health issues
- Elderly issues
- Handicap issues
- Homeless issues
- Substance Abuse issues
- Women Offenders issues
The third track is the exploration of the issues and challenges of the impact of inequality in the workplace which can be a result of differences in pay, benefits, retirement, training and other areas. The differences in pay, etc. may result in power issues across various levels of an organization.
Topics under this track include:
- Pay parity
- Training costs
- Retirement benefits/ costs
- Use of Power due to inequality (French & Raven, 1959)
Justice Research and Analysis
The fourth track is the exploration of the issues and challenges in the formation, development and progress of virtual research groups. A research group can consist of faculty from various colleges, universities, and locations.
Topics under this track includes –
- Virtual research groups
- Development and analysis of research surveys
- Information dissemination through Phoenix Connect, websites, etc.
We explore the following major questions:
- How can social justice curricula be improved?
- What social justice curricula are being used in higher education?
- What social justice curricula are being used with in- service training in organizations?
- How effective Is training in addressing and resolving cultural conflict issues?
- How can parity be improved in organizations?
- How effective are re-entry programs for offenders with special needs?
- How can virtual groups be improved and widened to include participation of more faculty members?