Headshot of Melanie Marchand, faculty for the Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree program at Georgian College

Melanie Marchand

Professor and Program Coordinator, Honours Bachelor of Police Studies


Melanie Marchand joined Georgian College as a professor in the spring of 2003 and has been co-ordinator of the Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree program since 2007. Melanie has taught a variety of courses within her area of expertise, including Contemporary Issues in Criminology, Crime and Punishment, Sociology, Policing in Society, Criminal Behaviour, and Analysis and Forensic Science.

Melanie believes strongly in inspiring innovation and connecting our Georgian students, policing community and partners through education. She has a close relationship with the police studies degree students and is genuinely proud of all of their accomplishments. She looks forward to when students reach out upon graduation and share their success knowing that Georgian was a pathway that helped in their journey.

Melanie credits her success and the success of police studies degree students with the effectiveness of the overall team, whom she regards as a great group of committed individuals.

Melanie worked closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) conducting original research on DNA databank offences and crime escalation. She explored whether or not those who committed secondary offences would escalate to primary – or more heinous – crimes. Melanie’s current research interests include criminological theory, cold case investigations, forensic science, crime escalation, the anatomy of violence, and global crime and criminal justice.

I have been working at Georgian College for over 20 years and during this time, I have had the privilege of teaching countless students. Many of our students have graduated and moved into their chosen careers in law enforcement and I take great pride in knowing that these students are now in our community protecting our citizens and preserving public safety.

Melanie Marchand
Educational credentials and qualificationsGeorgian College Chevron
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts Sociology (BA) in Criminology – Legal Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, 2000
Professional affiliations and certificationsGeorgian College Chevron
Career highlightsGeorgian College Chevron
  • Extensive knowledge in multiple levels of policing and criminal justice
  • Over 20 years of teaching at Georgian College in the Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree program
  • Continuously fostering community/professional partnerships with police services and educational partners
ResearchGeorgian College Chevron

Research interests

  • Cold case investigation and justice
  • Forensic science
  • Criminological theory
  • Crime escalation
  • The anatomy of violence
  • Global crime and criminal Justice
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Featured publications

  • Hewitt, White & Teevan’s 10th edition of Introduction to Sociology: A Canadian Focus. 12 Chapter Book and Supplement Review.
  • MySocLab for Macionis/Gerber: Sociology, Eighth Canadian Edition-text media content editor; Freelance.
  • Cybercrime: Awareness, Prevention, and Response Macdonald. Emond-Text Review
  • Understanding Crime in Canada: An Introduction to Criminology, 2nd Ed. Boyd, Emond Review.
  • Crime and Intelligence Analysis in Canada: Concepts and Procedures (1st Edition) Emond Review.
  • Introduction to the Canadian Legal System, First Edition. Sasha Bagley. Pearson Publishing Chapter Review.
  • Text Review: The Perfect Sociology Text Book- Pearson Education Canada (2008)
  • Text Review: Diversity, Inequality and Canadian Justice-Thomson Nelson (2007)
  • Text Review: Sociology: Your Compass for a New World-Thomson Nelson (2007)
  • Prepared course package for Hackler-Canadian Criminology text- Pearson Education Canada (2006)