Education
  • 2015
    PRESENT
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    PH.D, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, DIRECT ENTRY

    WESTERN UNIVERSITY

    PhD: Courses include: Sociology of Work, Quantitative methods, Classical theory. Comprehensive exams: Work and Qualitative methods Dissertation work: Comparative study of men and women police officers across Canada. In-depth interviews with 60 women and 20 men from 20 different police forces to ascertain their experiences in the police culture, what barriers remain, and possible solutions, including policy formation. Completion of 1 year Masters program with honors, offered direct entry into the PhD program. Courses included: qualitative methods, advanced statistics, policing, life course theory, contemporary theory. Original qualitative research conducted titled: “I Took the Blue Pill: The Effect of Hegemonic Masculine Police Culture on Canadian Policewomen’s Identities.” Study included in-depth interviews with 15 policewomen from 5 Southwestern Ontario police forces.
  • 2013
    2015
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Hon.BA, Sociology

    BRESCIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

    4 year Honor’s Specialization degree in Sociology completed in 3 years, graduated with distinction, Dean’s Honor Roll each year. Areas of concentration: gender, sociology of law, inequality, criminology, methods –both quantitative and qualitative
  • 2004
    Alymer, ONTARIO

    Honors Diploma

    ONTARIO POLICE COLLEGE

    Basic police constable training including criminal and provincial law, use of force, tactical communications, interviewing and investigating, report writing, charge packages, court procedures.
  • 2001
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Police Foundations Diploma

    WESTERVELT COLLEGE

    Dean’s Honor Roll
  • 2000
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Law Enforcement Diploma

    WESTERVELT COLLEGE

    Honors
Employment
  • 09-2014
    Present
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    TEACHING ASSISTANT

    KINGS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & WESTERN UNIVERSITY

    Lecturing duties in tutorials, lesson planning/classroom preparation, marking duties, mentoring/student assistance. Courses include: Research Methods in Sociology, Social Problems in Sociology (x6 courses); Introduction to Sociology, Women in Crime (x2)
  • 01-2004
    06-2008
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    CONSTABLE

    LONDON POLICE SERVICE

    Final rank: First Class Constable. Patrol officer responsible for enforcing criminal and provincial offences, care and welfare of the public, response to calls for service, investigations, interviews, charge packages and reports, giving evidence in court. Ongoing training in CPR/First Aid, advanced patrol techniques, social problems/solutions, investigations, policy and procedures, breathalyzer, radar, use of force, communication skills. Secondary School Resource Officer for 6 months: taught drug and alcohol program, school liaison, relationship building/mentoring with high school students, law enforcement for criminal/provincial offences.
  • 01-2017
    Present
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

    BRESCIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

    Contract Faculty: Teaching Policing, Security, and Surveillance - 2nd year course.
  • 02-2017
    03-2017
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    RESEARCHER

    CENTER FOR ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

    Contract Researcher: Interviews and Report Preparation
  • 09-2000
    01-2004
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    RESOURCES PROTECTION TEAM LEADER

    SEARS CANADA

    Manager of team of 5 investigators, responsible for store security, workplace investigations, loss prevention, accounts, health and safety. Winner of best team of the year in Canada for 2003 and best Resources Protection Team Leader 2003
  • 09-2013
    06-2014
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    RESEARCH ASSISTANT/CONFERENCE ASSISTANT

    BRESCIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

    RA: Part-time duties included research for professors on varied topics. Conference assistant: assisted with set up of conference, administrative duties, running of conference.
Guest Lectures
  • October
    2016; 2015; 2014
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Professor Darlene Balandin, Work/Life Balance: Choices and Challenges

    3rd year course, Brescia University College

  • February
    2017; 2016
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Professor Susan Toth, Sociology of Law

    Brescia University College

    3rd year course
  • January
    2017; 2016
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Dr. Steven Kleinknecht, Qualitative Methods in Sociology

    Brescia University College

    4th year course
  • OCTOBER
    2015
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Dr. Kristen Lozanski, Social Construction of Gender

    Kings University College

    3rd year course
  • SEPTEMBER
    2015
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Professor Lauren Barr, Social Theory

    Kings University College

    2nd year course
Expert Witness
  • October
    2016 - ongoing
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    EXPERT WITNESS

    LERNERS LAWYERS

    Research and expert opinion-based report provided as evidence in legal proceedings.
  • November 2016

    Expert Consultation/ Report

    The Honourable Michael H. Tulloch via the Independent Police Oversight Review

    Report written on police culture based on academic literature and authors' original data collection results to-date. The report helped inform a section of Justice Tulloch's findings/recommendations in the Report of the Independent Police Oversight Review released in March 2017.
Conferences
  • June
    2016
    Calgary, Alberta

    “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Looking at Canadian Policewomen’s Career Trajectories Through a Life Course Perspective.”

    Canadian Sociological Association

  • June
    2016
    Calgary, Alberta

    “I Took the Blue Pill: Canadian Policewomen’s Identity Formation in a Hegemonic Masculine Institution”

    Canadian Sociological Association

  • March
    2016
    London, Ontario

    “I Took the Blue Pill: Canadian Policewomen’s Identity Formation in a Hegemonic Masculine Institution”

    Western Graduate Student Conference

  • JUNE
    2015
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    "Us and Them: A Qualitative Study on Canadian Policewomen's Identity Formation in a Hegemonic Masculine Institution"

    32nd Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, Brescia University College

  • MARCH
    2015
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    "Us and Them: A Qualitative Study on Canadian Policewomen's Identity Formation in a Hegemonic Masculine Institution"

    Western Student Research Conference, Western University

    Winner best oral presentation
AWARDS
  • 2017
    2021

    Social Science and Humanities Research Council - Doctoral Fellowship

    Western University - Federal award

    4 years - Doctorate level
  • 2017
    2018

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship

    Western University - Provincial award

    1 Year - Doctorate level
  • 2016
    2017

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Sociology

    Western University - Provincial award

    1 year - Doctorate level
  • 2015
    2016

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Sociology

    Western Univeristy - Provincial award

    1 year - Master's level
  • 2015

    Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student

    Canadian Sociological Association

  • 2014

    Sister St. Micheal Guinan Memorial Scholarship

    Brescia University College

    Upper year student with outstanding averages each year.
  • 2014

    Political Science Award

    Brescia University College

  • 2013
    2015

    Dean's Honor List, Sociology

    Brescia University College

    Every year of undergraduate degree with final year designated as graduating with distinction.
Service/Volunteer
  • 09-2015
    05-2016
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Union Steward

    Sociology Department, Western University

  • 09-2014
    06-2016
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Classroom Assistant

    Volunteer parent role

  • 2008
    2013
    LONDON, ONTARIO

    Fundraiser/Organizer/Community Liaison

    Philoptochos Outreach Committee

    Assisted in the development and execution of several programs to raise money and donations for community helpers such as: My Sisters Place, Ronald McDonald House, London Food Bank, Women’s Community Center.