CSUSB Professors Study Guide Receives Prose Award For Scholarly Excellence

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – “Policing in America: Exam Cram,” a study guide that accompanies the textbook co-written by Larry Gaines, professor and chair of the criminal justice department at Cal State San Bernardino, is the winner of a PROSE award from the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.

Presentation of the honors was held in Washington, D.C., in February. The award was given in the e-product/social sciences category.

“We are pleased that our study guide was recognized by the PROSE Award,” said Gaines. “As professors we are constantly looking for new ways to increase our students’ learning and believe that Exam Cram is one of many tools to achieve this objective.”

The study guide-turned-mobile-app enables students to test their knowledge of a wide range of subjects extracted from the textbook co-written by Gaines and Victor Kappeler. It provides a set of user-friendly quizzes that test the student’s knowledge of policing basics, including personnel systems, organization and management, operations; discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability, and police-community relations.

Publishers and authors were recognized at the PSP 37th Annual Conference for their commitment to pioneering works of research and for contributing to the conception, production and design of landmark works in their fields.

Sponsored by Professional and Scholarly Publishing, a division of Association of American Publishers, the PROSE awards annually recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing in more than 40 categories in books, journals and electronic content. The entries are judged by peer publishers, librarians and medical professionals.

The “Exam Cram” app was designed by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The app is available for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad from the App Store on iTunes at www.itunes.com/appstore.

“We’re honored to create a unique test prep tool for the iPhone and iPod touch, based on Gaines’s and Kappeler’s landmark textbook,” said Suzanne BeDell, a managing director for Elsevier in science and technology books. “With this new app, busy students will be able to easily prepare for their midterm and final exams, and those working in law enforcement and criminal justice can get a quick refresher on the basics in policing.”

Gaines earned his Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University in criminal justice.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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