Dr. Mario A. Paparozzi, chair of UNC Pembroke’s Department of Sociology and Criminology, was named winner one of the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA) most prestigious awards.
At the APPA’s annual training institute in Chicago, July 23 – 26, Dr. Paparozzi was awarded the Walter Dunbar Award for significant contributions to the field. It is the association’s oldest award and is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of community corrections.
Dr. Paparozzi began his criminal justice career in 1972 as a parole officer trainee and over the course of a 30 year career worked his way up through the ranks to the positions of assistant corrections commissioner and State Parole Board Chair.
He said his career benefited from family, friends and associates.
“My two biggest blessings in life are my family and my career,” Dr. Paparozzi said. “To be recognized and complimented by either brings me a sense of joy that I simply cannot put into words! I realize that I have worked very hard and accomplished much over the years.
“However, I am also acutely aware of the fact that my professional accomplishments would have been far fewer had I not had the help and support of countless individuals along the way,” he added.
Dr. Paparozzi earned a Ph.D. and a certification as a Public Manager from Rutgers University. From 1992-1994, Dr. Paparozzi served as an elected county legislator in Union County, N. J. He has provided numerous keynote addresses, seminars, and professional training in 46 states, the District of Columbia, The United Kingdom, Canada, Bermuda, and The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. He has appeared on several television and radio shows in the United States and Canada, including A&E’s Investigative Reports, NBC’s Dateline, McNeil Leher, CNN and Geraldo Rivera.
Dr. Paparozzi has published extensively on a variety of topics related to criminal justice, public administration, and other civic issues involving the relationship between government services and public value. His writings are frequently cited by scholars.
Dr. Paparozzi’s career achievements bring honor to UNCP, said Dr. Thomas Leach, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Mario truly represents UNCP in an outstanding way on the national level,” Dr. Leach said. “His receiving the American Probation and Parole Association’s Walter Dunbar Award reflects the high esteem of his colleagues in the profession. We are proud to have him chairing the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department.”