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Professor Michael B. Shapiro receives the Andrew Young School’s 2015 “Excellence in Teaching Award”

Posted On May 20, 2015
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The Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology would like to congratulate Prof. Michael Shapiro on receiving the Andrew Young School’s 2015 “Excellence in Teaching Award.”  Prof. Shapiro as been teaching on the university-level since 2003 and this marks his 3rd year teaching at Georgia State University.  Shapiro joined the department after serving on a Lumina Grant that helped Georgia Perimeter College students succeed when they transferred to Georgia State University.

Prof. Shapiro earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University ’78 and a Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law ’81.  When asked what do you enjoy most about teaching, Shapiro states, “Without hesitation the answer is the students.  Our role as teachers is to prepare them to be leaders in the coming years.  I enjoy teaching them and watching them develop and expand their thinking.  I derive incredible pleasure when, often years after I have taught them, students contact me to update me on their activities.

Students also enjoy Shapiro’s teaching style.  Below are some of comments students have made about Shapiro.

  • “Best teacher in the entire University.”
  • “He is a very good professor.  One of the best ones that I have had while attending GSU.  The learning did not stop within the classroom.  I find myself applying concepts and information learned from class into my everyday life.”
  • “The assignments that he gave were perfect for the class.”
  • “He always communicates very well with his students, allows students students to engage and give feedback on our assignments.”
  • “His personal experiences helped to put the course material into perspective so that we could apply it to the real world.”

Some of the courses that Shapiro has taught include: Comparative Law & Policy (PERS 2002), Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (CRJU 3060), American Criminal Courts (CRJU 3700), Criminal Procedure (CRJU4760), and the Criminal Justice Internship (CRJU 4930).  Shapiro teaches classes at both GSU’s Alpharetta campus and main campus in downtown Atlanta.

In Fall 2015, Prof. Shapiro will replace Dr. Sue Collins as the Internship Coordinator.  Shapiro hopes to continue pursuing Dr. Collins’ goal of providing each student a meaningful internship experience.  Shapiro wants to make the internship course more flexible and beneficial to students.

In addition to helping students secure internships, Shapiro works with GSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions to get criminal justice courses approved for dual enrollment.  Offering dual enrollment criminal justice courses, helps the department to attract motivated, high achieving students.  Shapiro will also be hosting a series of “brown bag” lunches entitled “Exploring Significant United States Supreme Court Cases” beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1st-Nov. 10th from 12-12:45pm in Urban Life, Room 1212.

Again, our department congratulates Prof. Michael Shapiro on receiving this award and for his hardwork in making the criminal justice undergraduate curriculum more beneficial to students.

*Last year criminal justice professor, Dr. Leah E. Daigle, received this award.

-By: Jamia D. Luckett