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Marcella LaFever

Marcella LaFever, Ph.D

Associate Professor , On leave (September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018)


Abbotsford campus, B249a

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4392

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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.


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

Teaching Interests

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Decision-making in groups
  • Workplace communication 

Current Projects

  • Indigenous storytelling in the Cohen Commission Inquiry: Intercultural practices and 9P Planning
  • Culturally responsive teaching and assessment in post-secondary education using the Medicine Wheel
  • Indigenizing the academy

For additional information on the 9P Planning model go to

Community Engagement

  • Indigenous Studies Curriculum Committee
  • College of Arts Curriculum Committee
  • Library Advisory Council
  • Scholarly Sharing Initiative
  • Peace & Conflict Studies Program Working Group

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