Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies

Research Excellence Award

The Board of Governors and the Senate recognize academic excellence in research, teaching, and other scholarly activities that support student learning and enrich educational programs at UFV.

The Research Excellence Award is presented each year to a UFV faculty member whose research has demonstrated innovation, mentorship, academic impact, and an interface of teaching and research.

Senate accepts Faculty Excellence Award nominations annually each fall.

For more information email UFVSecretariat@ufv.ca.


Research Excellence Award 2019 | Dr. Irwin Cohen

Dr. Irwin Cohen, recipient of UFV's 2019 Research Excellence Award

Story by Anne Russell, published May 6, 2019

You could say that Irwin Cohen takes a practical approach to academic research. Like many of his past and current colleagues in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UFV, he believes in working with public safety agencies to conduct research that helps them to be more effective and efficient.

For his prolific body of research in the criminal justice field, Irwin has been named winner of the 2019 winner of the Research Excellence award.

In addition to being an associate professor, Irwin serves as director of the UFV Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research.

He has led or worked on over 50 research projects on topics including policing, serious and violent young offenders, youth justice issues, terrorism, addictions, mental health, and technology.

Irwin has published one book, 40 scholarly articles and book chapters, and over 100 research reports. He has made more than 100 conference presentations, including keynote presentations on the topics of crime reduction and terrorism. He is also a frequent media commentator on crime-related topics.

He has been the book review editor for Police Practice and Research: an International Journal, and a member of the editorial advisory board for the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

He has also supervised 47 Master of Arts in Criminal Justice students and involved numerous undergraduate students in research projects.

“Irwin is an extremely prolific researcher who is very well respected by academics and practitioners alike. His research has directly contributed to revisions and innovations in policy and practice amongst public safety agencies across B.C. and abroad,” says Amanda McCormick, director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UFV.

Read full article on the UFV Today blog


Research Excellence Award winners

2018 | Dr. Kathy Keiver, Kinesiology
2017 | Dr. Miriam Nichols, English
2016 | Dr. Derek Harnett, Physics
2015 | Dr. Lenore Newman, Agriculture, Geography and the Environment
2014 | Dr. Michael Gaetz, Kinesiology and Physical Education
2013 | Dr. Noham Weinberg, Chemistry
2012 | Dr. Olav Lian, Georgraphy and  the Environment

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