Bert Ouderkirk

Faculty Chair - 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 a tour in Southwest Asia, 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 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. After 
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 several 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.   

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.

After just a few months at the CID (Criminal Investigation Division office), I was reassigned as a Special Agent with the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) as a polygraph examiner.  I conducted both criminal and counterintelligence exams for them as well.  I returned to the U.S. in Oct 99 and finished my career in the Marine Corps at CID, MCB, Camp Pendleton, where I retired in Dec 99.  

Upon retirement I went to work for a government
agency in Albuquerque, NM.   I
worked for them for 8 months and missed teaching and having to travel 500
miles to Phoenix 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 am retired now but used to play on an over 50, 55, and then 60 Men’s Travel Tournament team consisting of mostly retired military personnel from all branches of the service and some first responders.  We won the Spring World Championships in Mar 2015 (then on an over 50 team).  We then won the TOC (Tournament of Champions), kind of like the World Series of Senior Softball), where all of the best teams play in Florida in Feb 2016!  Then won the Spring World Championships again in 2017 in Utah (then on an over 55 team).  We returned in Feb 2018 to play in the TOC  again but only finished 3rd that year..I just had a double knee replacement 5 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 was a coach at Arizona State University. 


Bert Ouderkirk/MFS/MAOM

MSGT USMC (Retired)

Classes Taught

Spring 2024

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 Notes: 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
26453
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Class Ended

26461

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Ended

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 26461 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
26462

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Ended

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 26462 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
29218

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Ended

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 29218 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

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 Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28141
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024
MoWe
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Class Ended

Summer 2024

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 Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course unless noted.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
14719

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
07/01/2024 - 08/01/2024

Open

3 of 25
Seats Available

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 14719 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.

Course Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
14722

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
05/28/2024 - 06/27/2024

Open

8 of 25
Seats Available

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 14722 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

AJS225 Criminology 3 Credits

Study of deviance, society's role in defining behavior; theories of criminality and the economic, social, and psychological impact of crime; relationships between statistics and crime trends. Examines crime victimization and the various types of crime and categories of offenders. Required in the AJS curriculum. Prerequisites: None.

Course Notes: 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
14720

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
05/28/2024 - 06/27/2024

Open

15 of 25
Seats Available

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 14720 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu.

AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3 Credits

Concerned with the understanding of procedural criminal law. Examines the processes and procedures followed by law enforcement, attorneys, and the courts in the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders. Examines the rationale underlying major court holdings impacting the criminal justice process, the procedural requirements that stem from these holdings and their effect on the daily operations of the criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15059

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
07/01/2024 - 08/01/2024

Open

7 of 25
Seats Available

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 15059 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

Fall 2024

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 Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course unless noted.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
13218
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024
MoWe
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

20 of 30
Seats Available

13223

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

15 of 25
Seats Available

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 13223 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

13239

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

25 of 25
Seats Available

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 13239 Students may contact instructor at: bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

14757

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 10/11/2024

Open

20 of 25
Seats Available

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.

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
32568
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024
MoWe
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

20 of 28
Seats Available

15579

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

23 of 28
Seats Available

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 15579 Students may contact instructor at bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

AJS230 The Police Function 3 Credits

Theories of procedures and methods of operations of public police with emphasis on discretionary powers available to the working police officer. Career opportunities and current trends in law enforcement presented. Prerequisites: None.

Course Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
13222

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

20 of 25
Seats Available

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 13222 Students may contact insructor at bert.ouderkirk@mesacc.edu

Fall Flex Start 2024

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 Notes: Course fees include online access to class materials including textbooks required to complete this course unless noted.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
13220

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
10/14/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

18 of 25
Seats Available

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.

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

Degrees & Awards

Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration (BSCJA)

Masters in Forensic Science (MFS)

Masters in Organizational Management (MAOM)

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