Featured Faculty

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. Martha Dow

Policing Major Events: Perspectives from Around the World – published November 2014

Dr. Martha Dow of UFV’s Social, Cultural and Media Studies Department – in collaboration with co-authors James F. Albrecht, Darryl Plecas, and Dilip K. Das – explores the complex set of factors comprising the policing of major events based upon real case studies of events from all over the world in Policing Major Events: Perspectives from Around the World. 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


Dr. Irwin Cohen, Dr. Darryl Plecas, Dr. Amanda McCormick, and Adrienne Peters

Book by UFV authors reveals the key principles of police-based crime reduction

In the early 2000s, police agencies in British Columbia were forced to reimagine their approach to emerging crime problems. The traditional ways of responding and reacting were not as effective against the increase in gang activity, auto theft, drug production, and other crimes taking place throughout the province.

In their book, Eliminating Crime: The Seven Essential Principles of Police-based Crime Reduction, authors (and UFV's School of Criminology and Criminal Justuce faculty) Dr. Irwin Cohen, Dr. Darryl Plecas, Dr. Amanda McCormick, and Adrienne Peters explore the paths taken and the lessons learned as British Columbia police agencies researched and introduced effective and efficient new policing strategies based on seven essential principles. Read more





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