Marcella LaFever, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. Communications (University of New Mexico, 2005)
  • M.A. Communication Studies (California State University, 2002)
  • B.A. Sociology (San Francisco State University, 1977)

Dr. Marcella LaFever (University of New Mexico, 2005) joined the faculty of the Communications Department at University of the Fraser Valley in January 2010. Marcella’s doctoral dissertation work focused on intercultural communication in the British Columbia treaty process. Her interest in this topic stemmed from her consultation work in community development within Ktunaxa traditional territory and her home community of Golden, BC. Dr. LaFever continues to be interested in the impact of cultural diversity during small group decision-making processes and is also currently working on a research project investigating classroom teaching and assessment practices that are culturally responsive to aboriginal students in a post-secondary educational environment.

Teaching Interests
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Decision-making in groups
  • Workplace communication
Current Projects
  • Abbotsford Community Services; Use of 9P Planning Model in Dialogues project
  • Culturally responsive teaching and assessment practices
  • Indigenizing the academy
UFV Committees
  • Degree Development Committee; Communication Major; University of the Fraser Valley
  • Research Advisory Council
  • Indigenous Studies Advisory Committee
  • Library Advisory Council; Information literacy subcommittee
  • Library Advisory Council; Research Advisory representative

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