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; Introduction to Human Relations; Crisis Intervention Strategies; Criminal Law; Corrections; Qualitative Research Methods; and Women and the Criminal Justice System. Dr. Tavcer believes in teaching that has components of experiential learning and/or community service learning. This involves incorporating lived experience into her lectures through guests or off-campus events, and providing students with real world scenarios with real people in real situations. 
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 Leuven, Belgium; a Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology/Sociology 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 male offenders in halfway houses, community residential facilities, as a parole officer, program therapist, in Alberta and British Columbia. 
Today, her academic endeavours revolve around social justice issues particular to women and marginalized justice populations. From a community-based perspective and a feminist lens, Dr. Tavcer explores poverty-related offending, addiction & mental illness, prostitution & sex trafficking, sexual & relationship violence, criminal law and its application, and occupational stress injuries in first responders.
Dr. Tavcer is also active in the community. She has served on the Board of Directors with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and has engaged in various capacities with the United Way of Calgary & Area, the Prostitution Awareness & Action Foundation of Edmonton, the Shift Program, Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, as well as within her residential community and community association board of directors.  
Take a look at her book:
Women and the criminal justice system: A Canadian perspective (2nd edition)
Take a look at one of her research studies:
Pornification: A Study into Young Men’s Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Dating, Sex and Sexual Assault