Longtime FSC Professor and Alum Honored by Routledge and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Farmingdale State College (FSC) Professor John Kostanoski, ’67 was recently recognized by his peers at the Security and Crime Prevention Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his nearly two decades as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Security Research (JASR).  

“We want to thank you for providing excellent service to the Journal of Applied Security Research, the official Journal of the Security and Crime Prevention Section, as the Editor-in-Chief,” said an honorary plaque Kostanoski received from Dr. Hyeyoung Lim, section chair of the Security and Crime Prevention Section and incoming JASR editor-in-chief. “Please accept our sincere appreciation for all your hard work and dedication." 

Kostanoski, who joined FSC’s faculty in 1969 as an instructor, will hold continuing distinction as JASR’s founding editor with his name, title and institution appearing in perpetuity on the journal's masthead. He noted that his most rewarding moment as editor-in-chief was JASR becoming the Security and Crime Prevention Section’s official publication. 

In 2022, Kostanoski was honored at the 59th Annual Conference of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Las Vegas, Nevada, for his services to the academy.  

"We owe him a considerable debt of gratitude for his stewardship of JASR over the last 18 years,” said Jacqueline Fernholz of Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, the journal's publisher.  

A publisher's note in JASR’s last issue under Kostanoski's tenure added, "We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Kostanoski for his leadership of JASR and for the important contribution he made not only to the journal, but to criminal justice and security studies." 

“John has been a fixture at FSC for many decades and was central to the expansion of Criminal Justice from a two-year degree to three distinct programs in the recently developed Center for Criminal Justice Studies,” said Dr. Thomas Ward, dean of FSC’s School of Arts & Sciences. “He is nationality recognized for his long-time editorship of the Journal of Applied Security Research, and we are very pleased he has received well-deserved professional recognition for his accomplishments and contributions.”

JASR is an international, peer-reviewed journal for scholars, educators, practitioners, and students in the security, criminology, criminal justice, and crime prevention fields. 

Aa a member of FSC’s Center for Criminal Justice Studies faculty, Kostanoski has founded multiple criminal justice courses, and the College’s Security Systems degree program. He co-created FSC’s Law Enforcement Technology, and Criminal Justice: Police, Courts, and Corrections degree programs with Professor Tino Posillico.  

An accomplished author, Kostanoski has penned two successful books covering security and loss control. Looking back, Kostanoski honed his writing and publication skills as an FSC police science student, where he served as editor-in-chief of the College's literary magazine, the Chanticleer.