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The University Police Department is conducting a multi-agency training exercise with a simulator that portrays the sound of gunshots from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Biscayne Hall, part of FGCU’s South Village Residence Hall. Please avoid the area. This is not an emergency. If you have a concern, contact UPD dispatch at (239) 590-1900.

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Pavelka, Sandra (Ph.D.)

Department of Political Science & Public Administration


Dr. Sandra Pavelka serves as Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Pavelka received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specialization in Justice Policy from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation, Practice to Policy to Management: A Restorative Justice Framework, is seminal work in the restorative justice discipline with a focus on system reform and policy implementation of restorative justice nationally. Dr. Pavelka is the recipient of the distinguished Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation by the Congressional Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, US Congress as well as the eminent National Points of Light award. Dr. Pavelka is an internationally recognized restorative justice expert and consultant.

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FGCU Service

  • Faculty Senate
  • College of Arts and Sciences College Governance Team, Chair

Professional Service

  • Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, State of Florida, Chair
  • Girls Coordinating Council, Lee County, Florida
  • National Association of Community and Restorative Justice Advisory Council, Policy and Legislation Workgroup, Chair
  • PACE Center for Girls–Lee, Advisory Board
  • Political Analyst, Television, Print, Web Media
  • The Peace Alliance, Senior Advisor for Restorative Justice
  • Restorative Justice on the Rise, Senior Adviser
  • U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, Advisory Committee

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