Dr. LaFever is an Assistant Professor in Communications at the University of the Fraser Valley. Marcella's main program of research focuses on the social exclusion that results in public dialogue and decision-making where cultural ways of speaking are outside the norms expected in dominate Canadian culture. Her 9P Planning model posits a process that builds intercultural relationships to increase social inclusion in public dialogue. Dr. LaFever's current work investigates use of First Nation storytelling as a form of dialogic participation and as a way to indigenize pedagogical practice. Marcella's doctoral dissertation work focused on intercultural communication in the British Columbia treaty process. Her interests in this topic stemmed from her consultation work in community development within Ktunaxa traditional territory and her home comunity of Golden, BC. Her most recent publications include:
LaFever, M. & Samra, H. (2014). Student Responses To Persuasion: Motivations For Engaging In Research Outside The Sciences At A Teaching-Intensive University. Proceedings 2014 San Antonio International Academic Conference.
LaFever, M. (May 2012). Book review: Emotions in Multiple Languages Journal of Language and Social Psychology 31(2): 231 http://jls.sagepub.com/content/31/231
LaFever, M. (2011). Empowering Native Americans: Communication, planning and dialogue for eco-tourism in Gallup, New Mexico. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication 4(2). 127-145.
LaFever, M. (2011). Communication and Culture Clash in America's "Indian Country". Communication currents: Knowledge for communicating well 6(3). Available online at https://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=1029