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Bowdoin Prof. Craig McEwen to Receive Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Story posted March 15, 1999


March 15, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College Alumni Council has selected Craig A. McEwen, Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology, to receive the 1999 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff.

Established in 1963, the honor is reserved for faculty and staff who have shown exceptional "service and devotion to Bowdoin." McEwen joined the faculty in 1975, and within a year began serving as a pre-law advisor for Bowdoin students, a role he continues to play. He also has served as assistant dean and acting dean of the faculty and as a four-time department chair.

More recently, McEwen was a key participant in the Commission on Residential Life, and drafted both the interim and final reports.

McEwen's primary research interests are the criminal justice system and the use of mediation as an alternative to court-mandated agreements. He is a national leader in the movement to find more personal, expedient and cost-effective ways to resolve disputes outside the traditional court system.

His professional dedication, while rooted at Bowdoin, extends well beyond the immediate community. McEwen serves as a reviewer for the Civil Justice Research project; on the editorial board of the American Bar Association; on the editorial advisory board of "Law & Society Review, Legal Studies Forum & Negotiation Journal"; as a consultant for the National Center for State Courts; as member of the Advisory Committee on State Correctional Facilities Improvement, which included a study of the Maine Youth Center; and as a consultant for the Coalition on Death and Dying.

McEwen graduated summa cum laude from Oberlin College and earned master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He has published more than 60 journal articles on his research, and numerous book chapters and reviews. He also has presented more than 90 lectures at professional meetings, leads workshops and provides consulting services. His book, "Mediation: Law, Policy, Practice," coauthored with Nancy Rogers, is a widely used resource.

The award will be presented at Reunion Convocation on Saturday, June 5. That day, McEwen will lead a book discussion group for returning alumni on "Reaching Up For Manhood," by Geoffrey Canada '74, president of the New York City-based Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families.

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