Camarillo, Winkleby, Ortolano, RolandThe Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize recognizes "Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to society." Established through the generosity of Miriam Aaron Roland '51 (International Relations) of Montreal, Canada, as an endowment at the Haas Center, the Roland prize is unique at Stanford for its focus on the significant role that public service by faculty can play in higher education, benefiting the students, communities and the faculty themselves.

The prize includes a cash award, and is traditionally presented at the annual Community Partnerships Award Luncheon, co-hosted by the University Office of Public Affairs, external link and the Haas Center. In keeping with the Haas Center's own inclusive definition of public service, the Roland Prize is awarded to faculty doing exemplary work at the community level, in nonprofits and NGOs, and/or in government service or philanthropy-either domestically or internationally.


A nominee must be a full-time member of the Academic Council, senior lecturer, Medical School line faculty member or clinician educator; and demonstrate a personal commitment to service and a record of involving students in service.  

     The nomination period for the 2013-14 Roland Prize ended December 4, 2013.


2013 Awardee

Joan Petersilia

Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, is one of the nation’s foremost experts in parole reform, prisoner reintegration and sentencing policy.

Petersilia earned her bachelor’s in sociology at Loyola Marymount University; her master’s in sociology at The Ohio State University; and her doctorate in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine. She has authored 11 books and countless articles on crime and public policy and influenced the way states and the nation address criminal justice policy.

In 2009, she joined Stanford faculty from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where she directed the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections and served as a professor of criminology, law and society. At Stanford, she has earned a reputation as an inspiring and innovative teacher and as an enthusiastic and tireless mentor.

She is deeply respected and applauded for bridging the gap between researchers and policy makers through her law course, which provides students with the opportunity to engage in real-world crime policy analysis. In the first year of the course, they advised California Attorney General Kamala Harris. In the second year, they have been working with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel on California’s controversial new law shifting responsibility for certain low-level offenders from the state prison and parole system to the counties.

Students and colleagues alike praise Petersilia for involving students in her research, encouraging collaboration and the exchange of ideas, and expanding the opportunities for more individuals to impact society in a positive way. For example, she has championed the Prison University Project, which has enabled Stanford graduate students to teach a criminal justice course to San Quentin State prisoners. She has also been an advocate for Project ReMADE, a program that provides recently incarcerated women free entrepreneurial training and mentorship.

Her most recent award is the 2011 Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Division of Experimental Criminology at the American Society of Criminology. Petersilia is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Office of the Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice; an editorial board member for Criminology & Public Policy; former president of the American Society of Criminology; and past president of the Association for Criminal Justice Research in California.

Top picture: clockwise: Len Ortolano (former Haas faculty director),  Miriam Roland, Marilyn Winkleby (2005 honoree), and Al Camarillo (2005 honoree)

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