Month: June 2017

Teaching honour and integrity

Inquiry: How can I help law enforcement studies students grow their integrity “muscles” and prepare to work on the honour system that will be required in their future careers? Strategy: LESD/ LAWS1207 Honour-system explained.   In Dr. Ariely’s documentary (on Netflix), he

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Using comics to rehearse best practice.

Inquiry: How do I work around students’ implicit bias and create a learning opportunity for evidence-based discussion of sexism and homophobia? Strategy: I wanted to use students own lived experiences of sexism and/or homophobia. In addition, I wanted the learning process

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Students’ praise for my course “Law enforcement in a diverse society”

Open letters to future Law Enforcement Studies Diploma students. Student reflect on and give high praise for my teaching of Law Enforcement in a Diverse Society course at the JIBC are available at this link: (click here)  


PhD, University of British Columbia I received my Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology in April 1992. My dissertation was entitled “Premenstrual Syndrome in Context.” My Ph.D. work was completed under the supervision of Dr. Tannis MacBeth. During my PhD program,


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

Clinical Training

Ear acupuncture training   2009 In June, 2009 I trained in the use of NADA acupuncture from the National Acupuncture for Detoxification Association, and the Shen Protocol taught by Dr. W. Walker, TCM. Both protocols are useful in treating trauma

Teaching and Research Experience

Work Experience Jan 2015 to May 2017. Co-Instructor. I taught Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Social Justice, with my co-instructor, Marion Craig, Sgt. Ret’d. This is a fourth year course in the Bachelors of Law Enforcement Studies at the Justice Institute of

Students’ praise for “Psychology of Gender”

From 2003 – 2013, I asked my Psychology of Gender, Online students to write open “Letters to Future Students.” I had two reasons for requesting these letters: first, I wanted the finishing students to pass on their study hints and


Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. (2019). Using Visual Narratives (Comics) to Increase Literacy and Highlight Stories of Social Justice: Awakening to Truth and Reconciliation. In Ed. J.H. Eikenaar (Ed.) Collected Essay on Learning and Teaching: Pedagogical Innovation: Adapting Practice to Evolving Cultures, 12, 46-59. Motherwell McFarlane,

Manuscripts in Process

Motherwell McFarlane, J.A. (manuscript in progress). Life Outside the Box Educators’ Manual: Sixty visual narrative lesson plans to help at-risk children, youth, and adults promote self care, inclusivity, and social justice. A Justice Institute of British Columbia initiative.  Motherwell McFarlane,


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