Faculty Profile: Dr. Martin Bouchard, Criminology

October 07, 2013

We're delighted to profile the winners of the 2013 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies. Dr. Martin Bouchard received an award for Excellence in Supervision.

In only six years since he joined SFU as a faculty member, Dr. Martin Bouchard has already seen ten of his fourteen graduate students complete their degrees. They also fare well after graduation — two of his former PhD students are in tenure-track faculty positions, and some of his master's students are now attending the world's top criminology schools for their PhD studies.

He's also helped them do it quickly: His MAs complete within two years and his PhDs within three or four years. (It's about half the mean completion time for the School of Criminology.)

How does Dr. Bouchard do it? One student has part of the answer, saying, "I don't think I ever waited more than a couple of days to hear back from him on even the largest manuscripts, despite the fact that he was also responsible for many other grad students. I know that Martin treats everyone like this." 

He also works hard to help his students find the funding they need to be able to complete their studies quickly. Another student says, "Martin ensured that I had adequate funding, including a SSHRC Insight Research Grant for $92,000 to our group as well as the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship for $105,000 to support my research."

His students all feel like they come first, but Dr. Bouchard's scholarly achievements should also be mentioned: well over 50 publications including two edited books, numerous research grants which combine for over 1 million dollars in funding, organizing the Fourth Annual Illicit Networks conference at SFU, and serving as  Director of the International Cyber Crime Research Centre and Associate Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society.

He's taught a full slate of well-reviewed undergraduate and graduate courses and organized a brown bag seminar series for his department, a key tool in helping students prepare for professional conference presentations. Oh, and his first child was born in 2012.

Tags: Achievements; profiles; criminology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The 2014 Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence are open for nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 15 yearly.

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