D. Scharie Tavcer

Degrees: M.A., Doctorate

Office: EA3059
Phone: 403.440.6383
Email: stavcer@mtroyal.ca

Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer joined Mount Royal University in 2004 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies. She teaches Introduction to Criminology; Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; Crisis Intervention Strategies; Criminal Law; Corrections; Qualitative Research Methods; and Women and Crime.


Dr. Tavcer completed a doctorate in Sociology, major in Criminology in 2007 with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and the Albert-Ludwigs Universität both in Freiburg, Germany; a Masters in European Criminology in 2001 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium; a Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology in 1997 from the University of Alberta; and a Diploma of Law Enforcement & Security from Grant MacEwan University.

Prior to a career in academia, Dr. Tavcer worked for the Correctional Services Canada with violent offenders. 


Today, her academic endeavours revolve around social justice issues particular to violence against women. From a community-based perspective and a feminist lens, Dr. Tavcer explores questions related to poverty-related offending, prostitution & sex trafficking, and sexual violence, relationship violence, law, and occupational stress injuries.


Dr. Tavcer is also active in the justice community. She has served on the Board of Directors with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and has participated in various capacities with the United Way of Calgary & Area, the Prostitution Awareness & Action Foundation of Edmonton, Shift at AIDS Calgary, Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, and various other organizations.


Pornification: A Study Into Young Men’s Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Dating, Sex and Sexual Assault