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Karen Miner-Romanoff, Ph.D., JD

Associate Provost for Academic Quality, Co-Executive Director of i4

 

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Karen Miner-Romanoff is Associate Provost for Academic Quality and Executive Director of the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, with an emphasis in criminology, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration. An attorney as well, she obtained her Juris Doctorate, with clerkships in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, worked with a major law firm, and held a position as Special Assistant to the Ohio Attorney General Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel. At Franklin University, Dr. Miner-Romanoff previously served as the Dean of the College of Health and Public Administration and Criminal Justice Program Chair. During that time, her program received Outstanding Design Awards for both the program, innovative Capstone, and 15-part criminal justice virtual case study. She recently returned from a Fulbright Scholar trip to South Africa working with the Human Science Research Council on several educational and criminological research initiatives. She received her certification to be an Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences peer reviewer for program certification, is a Fulbright Scholar peer reviewer, and is Executive Counselor of the new Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences section for teaching and education. She recently received the 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Science Outstanding Mentor Award and was selected to serve on the ACE Women’s Network Executive Board. She sits on several educational advisory boards and criminal justice commissions, including the Ohio Consortium of Crime Science and the Franklin County Specialty Courts. Her predominant research interests are data-informed curricular design and teaching strategies, juvenile transfer to adult court, deterrence as crime control, problem-solving courts and criminal justice teaching effectiveness. Dr. Miner-Romanoff has presented papers at the International Conference of Social Science Research, the American Society of Criminology Conference, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Conference, International Conference on Justice, Police and Law, and for five years at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting. Her publications include articles in her major research interests and university and teaching pedagogy in The Qualitative Report, Justice Policy Journal, The Criminologists, The American Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Restorative Justice, The World Academy of Science, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She sits on several educational and criminal justice peer-review, editorial, and advisory boards.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy - Public Policy + Administration
08/29/2010
Walden University
Minneapolis, MN

Master of Arts - Public Policy and Management
12/10/1999
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Juris Doctor - Law
05/14/1988
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies
05/17/1985
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Work Experience

Franklin University
Associate Provost for Academic Quality, Co-Executive Director of i4 (2016-08-01 - Present)
I4 Instructional Design

Franklin University
Associate Provost Academic Quality, Executive Director of i4 (2015-06-01 - 2016-07-31)
I4 Instructional Design

Franklin University
Dean of the College of Health + Public Administration (2013-09-09 - 2015-05-31)
College of Health + Public Administration
Responsible for strategically leading the College in academic program development, faculty and staff development, co-curriculum design, corporate, government, and nonprofit partnerships and industry and alumni advisory boards, college, community and inter-collegiate event planning and civic engagement, research grants and coordination, establishing and sustaining international academic partnerships and quality assurance for design and teaching, institutional governance and program accreditation, and university leadership.

Franklin University
Program Chair (2012-07-01 - 2013-09-08)
Criminal Justice
Responsible for teaching, design, management, and assessment of undergraduate and graduate criminal justice courses, adjunct faculty hiring and management, 25-member advisory board development and participation, program and university partnerships, and shared university governance, including ReFocus 2020 Element Co-Chair, Search Committee(s) Chair, Search Committee(s) member, Statistics Task Force Committee Chair, Internal Review Board Member, Faculty Adjunct Retreat Committee Chair (2012), Performance Review Standards Member, Honorary Doctorate Selection Committee, Assessment Committee, Pre-Law Advisor, Criminal Justice Speaker Series and Department of Youth Services Art Exhibit Event Chair, and Scholarship Forum Event Chair, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society Advisor, Pre-Law Advisor

Franklin University
Lead Faculty (2011-10-27 - 2012-06-30)
Criminal Justice

Publications and Presentations

Juvenile Sentencing in Criminal Court (Published: 2015-05-01)
Publisher: Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Public Health and Crime: Integrating Education- Industry Partnerships within a Framework of Epidemiological Criminology.  (Published: 2014-07-01)
Volume 3 | Issue 1
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Publisher: The Exchange
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

How Lawyers and Judges can Help Prevent Youth Crime through Legal Socialization (Published: 2014-01-01)
Publisher: Kentucky Law Review
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Students' Perceptions of Juvenile Offender Accounts in Criminal Justice Education (Published: 2013-10-01) | Page(s) 30
Publisher: American Journal of Criminal Justice
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Experiential Learning Ideas for Online Criminal Justice and Criminology Classrooms: The Case for Students' Virtual Prison Tours (Published: 2013-09-01)
Volume 38 | Issue 4
Publisher: The Criminologist
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Interpretive and Critical Phenomenological Crime Studies: A Model Design (Published: 2012-09-01)
Volume 17 | Issue 5 | Page(s) 46
Publisher: The Qualitative Report
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Juveniles Sentenced and Incarcerated as Adults: Findings from a Qualitative Analysis of Their Knowledge, Understanding, and Perceptions of Their Sentences (Published: 2012-04-01)
Volume 9 | Issue 1 | Page(s) 30
Publisher: Justice Policy Journal
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Juvenile Justice Education for At-Risk High School Youth: A Pilot Program (Published: 2000-01-01) | Page(s) 30
Publisher: The Journal of Criminal Justice Education
Author(s): K. Miner-Romanoff

Using Data-Driven Evidence to Improve Learning Outcomes through Desgnard Teaching Science (2016-04-01)
Clute Institute, International Education Conference(Washington, DC)
Meeting Type: Conference

Problem Solving Courts for Human Trafficking Victims: Preliminary Evaluation Results (2015-10-01)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
American Bar Association Fall crominal Justice Institute(Washington, D.C.)
Sponsored by: American Bar Association

Voices Soar: Changing Attitudes, Changing Minds: The Societal Benefits of a Youth Art Exhibit and Charitable Auction for Incarcerated Youth and Attendees (2015-06-01)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
International Conference on Law, Policing, and Justice(London, UK.)

Crime, Justice and Punishment in the 21st Century (2015-04-07)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
Foreign Affairs Symposium Johns Hopkins University(Johns Hopkins University)
Sponsored by: Foreign Affairs Symposium
Meeting Type: Other
As it stands, the American Criminal Justice System is broken. Based upon critical data and research, our system reform should be holistic and systemic. Smart on crime can decrease crime rates and punish those who would be a danger to society while saving lives, communities and costs.

Interactive Criminal Justice Systems Model: Developing Innovative and Effective Teaching Tools to Meet Complex Needs (2015-03-01)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences(Orlando, FL.)

Teaching Criminal Justice Online: What Works and What Doesn't (2015-03-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Human Trafficking Court Evaluation: Problem-Solving Courts and Their Impact (2015-01-01)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
Human Trafficking Conference

Interactive, Holistic, and Experiential Online Learning Environments Research Study (2014-11-14)
Presentation Type: Poster
Franklin University Learning Showcase(Franklin University Main Campus)
Sponsored by: Franklin University
Meeting Type: Session

Ohio Institute of Criminal Justice Excellence (2014-11-14)
Presentation Type: Poster
Franklin University Learning Showcase(Franklin University Main Campus)
Sponsored by: Franklin University
Meeting Type: Session

Voices from Inside: The Societal Benefits of Art Classes for Incarcerated Youth (2014-11-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
American Society of Criminology

Holistic Criminal Justice Education: Research to Classroom to Field and the Value of Higher Education for Corrections (2014-04-01)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections(Columbus, Ohio)
Meeting Type: Session

Emerging Leaders: Research Strategies Toward a Smart Criminal Justice System (2014-04-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ohio Department of Youth Sevices(Columbus, Ohio)
Sponsored by: Ohio Department of Youth Services
Meeting Type: Session

Round Table Co-Chair: The Junction of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship in the Criminal Justice Academy (2014-02-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Meeting Type: Roundtable

A Case for Dialectical Reasoning, Assessment and Increased Self-Efficacy in Culminating Criminal Justice Capstones (2014-02-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference 2014(Philadelphia PA)
Meeting Type: Conference
While many criminal justice programs include a Capstone course, few are actual culminations of all major area program requirements. This Capstone is an example of a pedagogically unique experience that allows comprehensive assessment of all program outcomes while providing the students with the opportunity for dialectical application of course material and experiential engagement with the criminal justice community. Early surveys also indicate that students’ self-efficacy is increased through illustration of the skill, knowledge and ability to critically and creatively analyze complex criminal justice issues and agencies. Future industry survey tools will seek to measure the Capstone’s benefits for the professional community.

Deterrence, Rational Choice, and Subjective Costs and Benefits: The Limitations of General and Specific Deterrence as a Crime Control Model (2014-01-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ohio Parole Board(Columbus, Ohio)
Meeting Type: Session

Juvenile Justice Panel: Successful Models of Outreach to Youth (2013-11-01)
Presentation Type: Keynote/Plenary Address
American Bar Association Annual Meeting(Washington, DC)
Meeting Type: Panel

Crime and Public Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Education (2013-09-26)
Presentation Type: Paper
Midwestern Criminal Justice Association(Chicago, Illinois)
Meeting Type: Conference
Although crime rates have decreased in the last several years, they remain alarmingly high. Recidivism rates, in the meantime, continue to rise with up to half of all new prison inmates incarcerated for reoffending after their initial release (Matz, et al., 2012). As the costs of a failed criminal justice system becomes unsustainable, scholars search for new evidence-based, innovative and collaborative solutions to lower crime and increased public health and safety. As a result of this collaboration, some criminal justice and public health leaders are seeking to develop new theoretical and methodological linkages in order to effectively address the challenges (Matz, et al., 2012). Akers and Lanier (2009) proposed a theoretical framework called “Epidemiological Criminology” as a construct for scholars and practitioners to create the needed interdisciplinary linkages. In response to the necessity for public health and criminal justice to establish interdisciplinary linkages, it is necessary to develop academic curriculum to educate a new general of professionals prepared for this challenge. We propose to conduct a thematic-analysis of the scholarly research in order to identify shared risk factors and common industry paradigms. The results of the thematic analysis will be reviewed and discussed by a focus group comprised of industry experts and moderated by health and criminal justice experts. The goal of the thematic analysis and focus group sessions will be to develop interdisciplinary learning outcomes for academic, continuing education, and professional development programs. This research will, further, advance knowledge regarding teaching and learning by deploying an evidence-based curriculum development model specifically designed to create positive social change in the practical application of public health and criminal justice services. This innovative approach to positive social change through data driven curriculum benefits students, universities and society.

Crime and Public Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Education. (2013-06-03)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Franklin University 2013 Teaching & Learning Conference(Columbus, Ohio)
Sponsored by: Franklin University
Meeting Type: Conference

Public Health and Crime: Integrating Solutions within the framework of Epidemiological Criminology (2013-06-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Teaching and Learning Conference: Transforming Teaching: Education in Evolving Context (Columbus, Ohio)
Sponsored by: Franklin University
Meeting Type: Session

Students' Percpetion and the Utility of Offender Accounts in Criminal Justice (2013-03-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference(Dallas, Texas)
Meeting Type: Conference

Juveniles Sentenced and Incarcerated: Their Knowledge and Understanding and Implications for General and Specific Deterrence (2013-02-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Columbus Bar Association(Columbus, Ohio)
Meeting Type: Session

Crime and Public Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Education (2013-01-01)
Franklin University 2013 Teaching & Learning Conference Meeting Type: Conference
10. King, L.J. & Miner-Romanoff, K. (2013). Crime and Public Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Education. Franklin University 2013 Teaching & Learning Conference

How Lawyers and Judges can Help Prevent Youth Crime through Legal Socialization (2013-01-01)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Columbus Bar Association(Columbus, Ohio)
Meeting Type: Session

Paper Presentation: Students’ Perceptions and the Utility of Offender Accounts in Criminal Justice Education (2013-01-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences(Dallas, TX)

Updates in Juvenile Justice: Human Trafficking to Collateral Consequences (2012-12-01)
Presentation Type: Lecture
Columbus Bar Association(Columbus, Ohio)
Meeting Type: Session

The Juvenile Justice System, Crime Control and Rational Decision Making: A Middle and High School Pilot Program on Youth Awareness and Perceptions of Criminal Sentencing (2012-11-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
American Society of Criminology(Chicago, Illinois)
Meeting Type: Conference

Juveniles Transfered to Adult Criminal Court: No Knowledge, No Understanding, No Application of General Deterrence: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study (2010-11-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
American Society of Criminology (San Francisco, California)
Meeting Type: Conference

Interpretive Phenomenological Research With Incarcerated Individuals: Benefits, Challenges, and Necessity For Substative Understanding of Criminal Behavior (2010-09-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
Midwestern Criminal Justice Association(Chicago, Illinois)
Meeting Type: Conference

A Critical Analysis of Research on Deterrence of Juvenile and Adult Offenders and Call for Qualitative Studies (2010-02-01)
Presentation Type: Poster
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference(San Diego, California)
Meeting Type: Conference

Incarcerated Adults Sentenced in Adult Criminal Court While Juveniles: Knowledge, Understanding and Perception of Their Success (2010-01-01)
Walden Research Symposium

What Do They Know? Juveniles Tried as Adults and the Need for Qualitative Data to Inform Evidence-Based Policy (2009-12-01)
Presentation Type: Paper
4th International Social Sciences Conference(Nashville, Tennessee)
Meeting Type: Conference