I completed all three of my degrees here at the University of Alberta, in the Department of Sociology. After teaching as a graduate student, then as a "sessional"/contract instructor for several years, I was hired as Assistant Professor and Director of the BA Criminology program. I am thrilled to be involved with our Criminology program for many reasons, including the fact that we provide our students with experiential learning opportunities through our field placement stream. As the program enters into the expansion process (our first cohort under the new program joins us September 2019!), I look forward to developing exciting experiential and research opportunities for our students and collaborative activities and events that bring our students, faculty, and community partners together.
I received a McCalla Professorship for 2018-2020, the focus of which is a "pilot" project in the fourth year Women and Crime course (Sociology 430) this fall. Using project-based learning as the pedagogical basis for the course, students will create "actionable" projects that could be taken up by community partners who work with victimized and criminalized women. Community partners will be actively involved in the course, and graduate student teaching assistants will develop teaching skills as they assist with course development and delivery and through their roles as project managers who liaise directly with our community partners as the student projects unfold.
My teaching interests and research interests overlap to some extent. I recently received a SSHRC Insight Development grant for a project which aims to investigate women's reintegration/re-entry experiences post-incarceration, from the perspective of the women and frontline professionals who work with them. Goals of this research project include the possibility of helping to inform policy and practice in ways that reduce some of the challenges women face post-incarceration.
Growing up in small-town Alberta, the oldest of three children whose parents were both school teachers, I always felt I would be a teacher (secretly I desired to be a hairdresser or truck driver). My parents encouraged me to explore options other than education; law became my goal. My first two years of University were pivotal for me: I took three sociology courses and fell in love with the discipline and somehow landed a job as a summer correctional relief officer in my hometown after my first year. The rest is history. In my “spare” time I am servant to my three cats (Sporty, Chopper, and Bobber – all named after motorcycles!) and two dogs (Daisy and Barkley), love camping, fishing, hunting, and gardening, and enjoy spending time riding my Harley (with my “truck driver” partner).