Marion Pearson, BSc (Pharm), MA, PhD

Associate Director, Innovation and Scholarship


Dr. Marion Pearson is a Professor of Teaching in the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She graduated from UBC with a B.Sc.(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 the BSc(Pharm) program. She has had various other 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 Program for the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL. 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 Director, BSc(Pharm) Program, responsible for the final cohort of students in the program.

Dr. Pearson’s current educational leadership responsibilities include serving as a member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Programs Committee and the Mentoring Committee. She is the Faculty’s representative on the Senior Appointments Committee and also serves as a member of the Advisory Board and as a peer reviewer for the International SoEL program. She was part of the leadership team that established the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Scholarship of Teaching research stream, and one of her aims is to support the SoTL efforts of her colleagues. This interest was an important factor in her decision to accept the invitation extended in 2015 to join CHES as a Scholar and part-time Associate Director, Innovation and Scholarship.

Publication Highlights

Hubball, H. T., Clarke, A., & Pearson, M. L. (2017). Strategic leadership development in research-intensive higher education contexts: The scholarship of educational leadership. In S. Mukerji, & P. Tripathi (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education (pp. 1-19). Hershey, PA:IGI Global.

Albon, S. P., Iqbal, I., & Pearson, M. L. (2016). Strategic planning in an educational development centre: Motivation, management, and messiness. Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning, 9, 207-226.

Iqbal, I., Albon, S. P., Pearson, M. L., & Lee, J. (2016). Student and faculty perceptions of student evaluations of teaching in a Canadian pharmacy school. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 8(2), 191-199.

Pearson, M. L., Albon, S. P., & Hubball, H. (2015). Case study methodology: Flexibility, rigour, and ethical considerations for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6(3), Article 12.

Marchand, J-P, Pearson, M. L., & Albon, S. P. (2014). Student and faculty member perspectives on lecture capture in pharmacy education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 78(4), Article 74.

Hubball, H., Pearson, M. L., & Clarke, A. (2013). SoTL inquiry in broader curricular and institutional contexts: Theoretical underpinnings and emerging trends. Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1(1), 41-57.


  • The University of British Columbia Award Alumni Builder Award (2017)
  • The University of British Columbia Killam Teaching Prize (1995)