Featured Faculty



Yvon Dandurand

In February, an article on Human Trafficking and Police Governance, written by Yvon Dandurand, Associate Professor in Criminology, was published in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. Yvon received the help of Dr. Millar for this project, as well as the assistance of three Criminology students, Amanda Stewart, Jessica Jahn, and Sofia Porta. This article reviews the literature on the implementation of effective detection, investigation, prosecution, and victim protection strategies; the need for more effective international cooperation; and, the struggle to keep up with the illusive criminal organizations and networks that often defy law enforcement tactics. It also considers some of the specific challenges that result from the frequent conflation of human trafficking enforcement with immigration control strategies. It offers a few suggestions on how these issues may be addressed from a police governance standpoint and concludes with a call for better data on human trafficking and the relative effectiveness of different law enforcement strategies.

Dandurand has also written a Training Manual and Instructor’s Guide on Safeguarding against Corruption in Major Public Events for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which has been published and released in both English and in Russian. These along with a series of Power Point Presentations that he prepared for each of the lessons can be consulted online at http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/corruption/tools_and_publications/training-materials-major-public-events.html.








Martha Dow

Dow, and Abbotsford resident who is winner of this year's Teaching Excellence award at the University of the Fraser Valley, wants students' minds to be stretched, shifted and challenged, and for them to contribute to the collective learning of everyone present, including herself.If you're going to take a seat in Dr. Martha Dow's sociology class, you'd better be prepared to be an engaged and active participant in the course.

Her approach to teaching echoes UFV's Changing Lives and Building Community slogan. Dow comes from a teaching family. Her mother and grandmother were teachers, as are two of her siblings.

Dow isn't just active in the classroom. She's also engaged in research, community participation, and service work, all of which feeds into her courses. In that way, she's a role model for her students.

She was recently in the news for her work with the City of Surrey to create an "Elderbank" that will make elders available as community resources, but that's just one example of the many presentations, publications, projects, conferences, and committees she's been involved with since joining UFV in 1994.

She teaches several upper-level courses on topics such as deviance, death and dying, sexualitty, public policy analysis, but her favourite is the introductory course, Sociology 101.

Dow feels honoured that some of her students took the time to nominate her for the Teaching Excellence award.















Melanie Jones‌

Our new Sculpture and extend media hire, Visual Arts Assistant Professor Melanie Jones has been screening her films and garnering numerous awards and nominations.

Melanie presented the world premier of her full-length feature film “FSM” at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival.

Written and directed by Melanie, her feature film was also nominated for national awards. FSM was also selected as the BC Winner of the Indiecan10K Challenge and raised over $11,000 in a successful Indiegogo Crowd funding campaign.

Her film continues to generate press, social media attention, and outstanding reviews from The Province, Georgia Straight, and Indiewire.

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Scott Sheffield and Robin Anderson

In October 2015, Dr. Scott Sheffield and Robin Anderson combined their research interests in submitting a proposal for a 4-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), this is the major federal government funding agency for the social sciences and humanities.  The proposal brings together the expertise of seven scholars from five different universities to explore the impact of the Second World War on British Columbia and its residents, a subject that has received scant attention in provincial histories.  The diverse scholars plan to divide their data gathering efforts and share all resources electronically, in order to make the most efficient use of precious public funding.  Here at UFV, Sheffield, the principle investigator for the proposal, will organise the digitisation of 15 provincial newspapers for the entire war period, with the help of undergraduate student Research Assistants hired with the grant money, as well as coordinate community archival research on Vancouver Island and in Northern BC.  Anderson will assist with the digitising project and be responsible for Vancouver-based archives. Read More 







Dr. Lenore Newman

UFV's Newman named to inaugural cohort of College of New Scholars

UFV's Dr. Lenore Newman (Department of Geography and the Environment) has been chosen to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. A total of 91 members have been selected as part of this first cohort. Read more




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