Ted Chiricos arrived at FSU in the fall of 1968 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and as the Assistant Director of The Southern Correctional and Criminological Research Center. By 1973, Ted was an Associate Professor and in 1980 he was promoted to Full Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Ted retired in 2021 as the William Julius Wilson named professor of Criminology. During his 53 years of teaching at FSU, Ted taught thousands of students. He especially loved working with his graduate students and was the major professor to 30 students who received PhDs under his tutelage. His absolute delight was his yearly Graduate Seminar that attracted the best and brightest students who filled his home with brilliant discussions and lively discourse. Ted received several teaching awards at FSU, including the Teaching Incentive Program Award for Excellence in Teaching.
While at FSU he published over 50 articles in refereed journals, one of which received the Outstanding Article of the Year Award by the American Society of Criminology. Ted’s criminological expertise centered upon race and justice; political economy, crime, and social control; theoretical criminology; and fear of crime. From 2008 until 2010, Ted served as editor of the journal, Social Problems. He also served on the editorial boards of several additional journals. In 2021, Ted was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, the highest honor in his field.
Dr. Theodore George (Ted) Chiricos, died at his home November 7, 2022 after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Please join his family, friends and colleagues in honoring his dedication to his students by supporting the scholarship awarded in his name from the Criminology & Criminal Justice General Scholarship Fund.