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Hayler named University Scholar for 2004

October 7, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Barbara Hayler, professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named University Scholar for 2004-2005. She is one of 15 faculty members, and the only one from UIS, chosen for this award honoring and rewarding outstanding teachers and scholars at the three U of I campuses.

Hayler will receive $10,000 a year for three years to support research and other scholarly activities.

Hayler’s teaching and research interests focus on law and public policy, violence against women and children, legal processes and criminal procedure, appellate court review, and corporate criminal liability.

Materials nominating her for the award cited her “excellent record in scholarship, both in traditional journals and in grants.” Making the presentation, Dr. Chester Gardner, U of I vice president for academic affairs, said, “Dr. Hayler exemplifies the UIS ideal of public affairs scholarship that applies scholarly expertise to community concerns, and she consistently involves both graduate and undergraduate students in her research projects. Her work clearly sets her as one of the leading scholars at UIS.

“She conducts challenging classes in which she presents students with complex issues,” he added, “and, from all reports, succeeds in energizing and engaging the students on those issues.  She also serves as a mentor to new faculty, both within the Criminal Justice program and across the campus.”

Hayler received the Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1978. She also earned the M.A. at that institution and holds the B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

The University Scholars program was inaugurated in 1985 when the U of I Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program’s purpose, then and now, is to strengthen the University in meeting today’s challenges and tomorrow’s promise. Faculty do not apply for this award; they are nominated by their peers. A committee of senior faculty makes the final selection.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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