Marion L. Pearson
BSc(Pharm), MA, RPh, PhD
Professor of Teaching
Dr. Marion Pearson is professor of teaching in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. She graduated from UBC with a BSc(Pharm) in 1982 and completed a residency in community pharmacy practice in 1983. She joined the Faculty that year as coordinator of the Year 1 pharmacy skills lab. In this role, she has been an innovator in the use of portfolio assessment, peer teaching, and narrative pedagogy. Dr. Pearson has also received several teaching awards, including the Killam Teaching Prize.
In 1998/99, Dr. Pearson was part of the first cohort to undertake the UBC Certificate on Teaching in Higher Education, now the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Leadership program. She subsequently completed an MA in higher education in 2008 and a PhD in curriculum studies in 2014 at UBC. She remains involved with the SoTL Leadership program as a guest speaker, external peer reviewer, and member of the advisory board.
Dr. Pearson is currently the director of the BSc(Pharm) program and director of the Office of Educational Support and Development in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. One of her aims in the latter position is to support the SoTL efforts of her colleagues.
Dr. Pearson's research interests include curricular integration and SoTL inquiry into pedagogical and curriculum practices in the educational programs of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has experience with survey and case study methodology and both quantitative and qualitative methods.
"Just Desserts Award." Pearson M. UBC Alma Mater Society. 2011.
"Volunteer Honour Roll." Pearson M. College of Pharmacists of BC. 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Teaching Award – 1st Year." Pearson M. UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2008.
"Killam Teaching Prize." Pearson M. University of British Columbia. 1995.
"Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Education." Pearson M. UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 1992.
"Integration of the AFPC Informatics for Pharmacy Students e-Resource." Pearson M (PI). $10,000. Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. Pharmacy Educator Peer Leader Network Grant. 2014–2015.
"Bridging the Gap from the Classroom to the Institutional Practice Site – A Transition Module for Pharmacy Students." Pearson M (PI), Tchen P, Kim-Sing A. $59,500. UBC Office of the Vice Provost. Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. 2013–2015.
"Curricular Integration: Faculty and Student Perspectives." Pearson M. Research Rounds, UBC Centre for Health Education Scholarship. Vancouver, BC. December 10, 2014.
"No Easy Answers: Attempting to improve the student evaluation of teaching process in a Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences." Pearson M, Iqbal I, Lee J, Albon S. 16th Ottawa Conference. Ottawa, ON. April 29, 2014.
"Narratives of care: Integration of the medical humanities in a pharmacy skills course." Pearson M. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. July 15, 2013.
"Walking the talk: A scholarly approach to fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning." Pearson M, Albon S. Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. Niagara on the Lake, ON. June 12, 2013.
"Bridging the Gap: Constructions of Curricular Integration in Professions Education." Regehr G, Pearson M, Smye V, Bainbridge L, Best L, Butler D. UBC Celebrate Learning. Vancouver, BC. October 31, 2012.