Faculty Profile

Marion L. Pearson

BSc(Pharm), MA, RPh, PhD
Professor of Teaching

Contact Information

Primary Phone Number (604) 822-4933
Email Address marion.pearson@ubc.ca
Fax Number (604) 822-3035
Office 6110, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

Selected Publications

Tchen P, Leung L, Simpson F, Kim-Sing A, Pearson M. Bridging the gap: an evaluation of self-paced online transition modules for advanced pharmacy practice experience students. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018 Oct;10(10):1375-1383. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2018.07.006

Eva KW, Brady C, Pearson M, Seto, K. The pedagogical value of testing: How far does it extend? Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2018 May 26;23(4):803-816. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-018-9831-4

Pearson ML, Albon SP, Hubball H. Case study methodology: Flexibility, rigour, and ethical considerations for the scholarship of teaching and learning. CJSoTL, 2015 Dec 11; 6(3), Article 12. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5206/cjsotl-rcacea.2015.3.12

Marchand JP, Pearson ML, Albon SP. Student and faculty member perspectives on lecture capture in pharmacy education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014 May 15;78(4):74. doi: 10.5688/ajpe78474. PMID: 24850936; PMCID: PMC4028583.

Hubball H, Pearson ML, Clarke A. SoTL inquiry in broader curricular and institutional contexts: theoretical underpinnings and emerging trends. Teach Learn Inq. 2105 Dec 17;1(1):41-57. https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.1.1.41.

Pearson ML, Hubball HT. Curricular integration in pharmacy education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Dec 12;76(10):204. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7610204. PMID: 23275669; PMCID: PMC3530066.


"Alumni Builder Award." Pearson M. Alumni UBC. 2017.

"Just Desserts Award." Pearson M. UBC Alma Mater Society. 2011.

"Killam Teaching Prize." Pearson M. University of British Columbia. 1995.


"Promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Service Professions Education: Developing a Theatre-based Interactive Educational Program." Jarus T, Hershler LED, Bulk L, Cook C, Mayer Y (Co-PIs), Belliveau G, Murphy S, Pearson M, Krekoski C, Roberts E, Michalovich A, Graf H (Co-Is). $5,500. Equity Enhancement Fund. 2022-2023.

"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.


“Humanizing patient case scenarios using the humanities.” Pearson M, Seet T, Ladak L, Liu E. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy LITE Award Nominees' Presentation. Online webinar, August 18, 2021.

"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.


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 coordinator of the Faculty-based directed study courses, Faculty Advisor to the Faculty’s Office of Student Services and Associate Director, Innovation and Scholarship at the Faculty of Medicine’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship. Her aims in this latter position include supporting the SoTL efforts of health professions educators and helping them navigate promotion and tenure processes.

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. Her most recent projects relate to health humanities in the curriculum and perceptions of student workload. She has experience with survey and case study methodology and both quantitative and qualitative methods.