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Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff Receives Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education 2017 Professional-Practitioner Award

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is proud to announce Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Associate Provost for Academic Quality and Co-Executive Director of Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction, has received the 2017 Professional-Practitioner Award from the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE).

Dr. Miner-Romanoff’s award adds validation to the level of the expertise Franklin University’s experienced faculty possess in each of their fields. Faculty members are actively involved in the community and conducting research, to gain the insight to help develop courses with relevant concepts that the University’s working, adult students can use right away – at work and in life.

Nominated by Judge Paul Herbert (CATCH Court founder and Franklin County Municipal Court Judge) and his staff, the 2017 Professional-Practitioner Award criteria requires that the person nominated in this category have distinguished herself/himself as a leader in the professional field of criminal justice measured by any combination of the following:

  1. leadership in the criminal justice field recognized by practitioners and academicians alike, and/or
  2. involvement in contributions to criminal justice practice having an importance beyond the local area

About Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff
Dr. 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.

Dr. Miner-Romanoff previously served as the Dean of the College of Health and Public Administration and Criminal Justice Program Chair at Franklin University. During that time, her program received Outstanding Design Awards for both the program, innovative capstone, and 15-part criminal justice virtual case study.

Her extensive list of accolades include certification to be an Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences peer reviewer for program certification, Fulbright Scholar peer reviewer, and 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 serves 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. She presents at numerous conferences across the country and is published in journals such as 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. (For more visit-

About the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE)
The Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE) is a nonprofit organization that is over 40 years old. Its mission is to promote education and research in the administration of criminal justice and to facilitate communication and cooperation with practitioners on matters of mutual interest concerning education in criminal justice.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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