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The demographic composition, especially the age structure of criminal justice faculty, is of interest to students in criminal justice education for a number of reasons. First, an overall assessment provides some gauge of the relative age of the faculty in the field. Second, observations of changes in the composition of the age structure over time provide insight into the aging process and attendant developmental process of the field itself. Third, age composition has a major impact on the job market for criminal justice faculty. This of course, in turn, partially determines career possibilities for neophytes in the field. It also serves as a major factor in setting the limits of both vertical and horizontal faculty career mobility. Fourth, age composition has a direct bearing on potential for improving the quality of criminal justice education.


A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Criminal Justice Educators Indianapolis, Indiana October 13 - 16, 1982.