Chancellor University Instructor Art Bowker Wins Sam Houston State University APPA Award

January 16, 2013

Chancellor University Chancellor University Criminal Justice instructor Art Bowker has been awarded the prestigious Sam Houston State University Award by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) for his numerous writing contributions on the topics of cybercrime and corrections.

The Sam Houston State University Award is given each year by the APPA to an individual whose writing addresses new information on the topic of probation, parole or community corrections. Bowker was nominated for his articles published both in print and online, and for his book, The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century, which is the first text of its kind to assist probation/parole officers and agencies in the growing trend of cybercrime.

A ceremony was held by the APPA Sunday, January 13, to honor award recipients in four categories. As a criminal justice instructor at Chancellor University and parole officer in Cleveland, OH, Bowker utilizes his real-world experience in the field to increase industry awareness about the numerous ways in which cybercrime can occur in today’s technology-driven world.

“When people hear the word ‘cybercrime’ they immediately think of hackers. It’s beyond that. Traditional crimes like burglaries and drug trafficking are turning to computers,” he said. “Social networking and gaming system crimes are exploding.”

He added, “A lot of people in the criminal justice field don’t want to worry about cybercrime. But if your offenders are learning it, you need to learn it too.”
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