Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I was nominated for the 2021 Teaching Excellence award after my first term of teaching at KPU.

Justice Institute of British Columbia Instructional Excellence award, 2016 “… for superior instructional ability and commitment to excellence, exemplifying JIBC values.”

Honourable mention for the Marion Porter Prize for the most significant feminist research article published the preceding year in a journal or anthology, awarded by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. 1989. 

Jean Elder Book Award in recognition of outstanding feminist research done by a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia. 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. 1985.

Honorable Mention from the Association for Women in Psychology (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association, for their annual prize in recognition of outstanding psychological research on women and gender done by students.


Dr. Jessica Motherwell McFarlane is a professional education consultant on gender, anti-oppression and social justice issues and a research associate at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is also the developer and director of the Life Outside the Box program that uses visual narratives as a way to SEE conflict and injustice from new perspectives. Jessica facilitates groups and schools needing to have complex — and sometimes emotionally painful — conversations. She offers workshops to at-risk children, youth, and adults on: Truth and Reconciliation, transforming bullying situations, and rehearsing best practices for self-care, inclusivity, and kindness.

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