Dr. Marion Pearson
Associate Director, Innovation and Scholarship
Dr. Marion Pearson is Professor of Teaching in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She graduated from UBC with a B.Sc.(Pharm.) in 1982 and completed a residency in community pharmacy practice in 1983. Dr. Pearson joined the Faculty that year as coordinator of the Year 1 pharmacy skills lab in the BSc(Pharm) program. Dr. Pearson has had various teaching responsibilities, but continued to coordinate the 1st year lab for 27 years. In this role, she taught over 3700 future pharmacists and was an innovator in the use of portfolio assessment, peer teaching, and narrative pedagogy. Dr. Pearson has 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 International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Leadership Program. She subsequently completed an M.A. in Higher Education in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies in 2014 at UBC.
In 2010, Dr. Pearson was appointed as Director of the BSc(Pharm) program and from 2012 to 2015 she also served as Director of the Faculty’s Office of Educational Support and Development. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Interim Director of Entry-to-Practice Programs, responsible for both the BSc(Pharm) program and its recently launched replacement, the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program. In 2017, she was appointed Associate Director, BSc(Pharm) Program, responsible for the final cohort of students in the program.