Bert Ouderkirk

Residential Faculty - Administration of Justice Studies

Administration of Justice Studies

Office: SC 14 - Room: Dept Chair Office

480-461-7142

602-430-4702 (mobile)

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Walk in or appointment...I am here in my office from 0700-1200 every Friday.

Profile

My name is Bert Ouderkirk. I was born in Hamilton, OH, however, I moved to
Michigan when I was very small (6 mos). I went to High School in Michigan
and also here in Arizona where I was recruited to play baseball. I joined the Marine Corps right out of high school.

I served 21 years in the Marine Corps as a Military Policeman, Drill
Instructor (turning over 1200 civilians into U.S. Marines, and my last 15
years as a Criminal Investigator/Polygraph Examiner). After 15 years in the
Marine Corps, mostly playing softball in my spare time, and, upon returning
from Desert Storm, I realized that I needed to finish my education for my family. I applied for a program where I was allowed to go to school full time while on active duty and was accepted. I finished by undergraduate by obtaining a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from this very school, graduating (Magna Cum Laude).

Upon finishing my undergrad I was assigned to the Department of Defense
Polygraph Institute and completed my 4 months of training there. Upon
completion of DODPI I was assigned as the polygraph examiner for the Marine
Corps bases on the west coast.  I also attended the FBI Hostage/Crisis Negotiator’s course and was assigned as the Lead Hostage Negotiator for Marine Corps Bases on the West Coast. 

Upon arriving at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA, I enrolled in the Master's
of Forensic Science Program at National University. I graduated with honors
and did my graduate thesis project on Bloodspatter Patterns at crimes scenes
and how you can tell what occurred by reading them.

At my thesis defense presentation I was asked to teach criminalistics and
advanced criminalistics for National University, and thus, began my teaching
career. I teach for 7 different universities, some online, some in the
classroom. I taught as an adjunct faculty for about 9 years but then life got in the way and I had to take a short break.   However, I have been teaching for over 27 years and I have taught on every level from Associates to Masters level
and thoroughly enjoy teaching.  I have taught in every platform from this one (Canvas), to virtual campus, to Angel, to Webct…nearly every one you can think of LOL.   

In October 1998, I went to Japan to serve as the Far East polygraph examiner and Chief Investigator, where I spent a year running both counterintelligence and criminal polygraph exams.

I retired from active duty in Dec, 1999 and went to work for a government
agency (I could tell you who but I would have to kill you) . LOL.   I
worked for them for 8 months and missed teaching and having to travel 500
miles every month to see my kids. I was missing too much of their lives.
Plus my agency would not let me teach. Government Agents were not allowed
to work second jobs so I resigned and moved back here to Phoenix. I am currently the Department Chair of Criminal Justice at one of the largest Community College in the U.S.   I completed my second Masters Degree in Organizational Management in Jan 04.

I met the love of my life here in Phoenix. We got married on Sept 29, 2002 and then spent a wonderful week in Hawaii. My kids love her and what better woman could you have than one who loves golf, and my favorite pastime in the whole world, softball. I play on an over 60 Men’s Travel Tournament team.  We won the Spring World Championships in Mar 2015 and again in 2017 in Utah.  We also won Tournament of Champions (The World Series of Softball), where all of the best teams play in Florida in Feb 2016!  We returned in Feb 2018 to play in the World Series again but only finished 3rd that year..I just had a double knee replacement 4 years ago and feel like a new man!


We also have an adopted baby boy who was born on March 4, 2007, who just got his driver's learning permit in Nov 22.


My wife is a former all state softball player and coach at Arizona State University. 


Bert Ouderkirk/MSGT USMC (Retired)

Classes Taught

Spring 2023

AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Credits
An introduction to crime and society's responses to it. Examines the nature and causes of crime, the criminal law, constitutional safeguards, and the organization and operation of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, jails, prisons, probation and parole departments, and community corrections agencies. Covers the history of the criminal justice system, terminology and career opportunities. Prerequisites: None.
Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28192
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Class Started

28200
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28200 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3 Credits
Covers philosophy of legal sanctions and historical development from the common law to modern American criminal law, classifications of crimes, elements of and parties to crimes, general definition of crimes, common defenses utilized. Includes specific offenses and the essential elements of each offense. Prerequisites: None.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28201
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Closed

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28201 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

AJS192 Serial Killers And Mass Murderers 3 Credits
The study of serial killers, mass murderers and their victims. Examines the history and frequency of these crimes, profiles the killers and their victims, explores theories of causation, and discusses the problems and techniques of investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention. Prerequisites: None.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
33260
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3 Credits
Introduction to the theory of criminal investigation. Examines crime scene procedures, case preparation, interviewing, and basic investigative techniques. Prerequisites: None.
Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29996
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWe
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Class Started

Degrees & Awards

Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration (BSJA)

Masters in Forensic Science (MFS)

Masters in Organizational Management (MAOM)

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