Faculty Profile: Dr. Martin Andresen, Criminology

February 03, 2015

We're delighted to profile the winners of the 2014 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies. Dr. Martin Andresen received an award for Excellence in Supervision.

Dr. Martin Andresen does more than supervise students, he creates scholars.

With only eight years behind him as a tenure track faculty member, this School of Criminology professor has already supervised 7 PhD and 13 MA students to completion and sits on committees for 15 other graduate students.

Dr. Andresen’s definition of graduate supervision isn’t just about helping his students complete their degree requirements. He also works closely with them to help them develop key research skills.

Dr. Andresen has co-authored an incredible 20 articles with his students, thus greatly enriching their academic credentials. One of his nominators says, “writing an article with Dr. Andresen granted me the opportunity to gain valuable professional academic training via presentations at an international conference, networking with other scholars in criminology and expanding my knowledge of the current research in the field.”

His mentorship has not only helped his students contribute to their field, but has proven instrumental in their ability to land financial support.  

Dr. Andresen also ensures his students gain sound grounding in applied research methods. His students say that his guidance ensures they are able to pursue their studies in the most efficient and timely manner possible: “It was due to Dr. Andresen’s commitment to my learning experience that I was able to solve methodological problems to overcome challenges that would have delayed progress of my research.”  

Dr. Andresen cares deeply about his students. In addition to the energy he spends shaping their careers, his students know he is always available to support them as academics, but most of all, as people: “Dr. Andresen changed my mind about quitting school…in fact, through his supervision I was able to get help for my chronic medical condition. After getting treatment, I was the first in my program to finish my MA with a 4.0 GPA.”

In addition to his supervisory roles, Dr. Andresen is an active member of the Research Methods Working Group, which works to ensure that graduate level courses are meeting the needs of students. Thanks to Dr. Andresen’s supervision, students do more than succeed: they thrive.

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

The 2015 Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence are open for nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 15 yearly.

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