Dr. Marcella LaFever

Research Interests

  • Role of Indigenous storytelling as a participatory practice in public dialogue
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural public decision-making
  • Culturally diverse teams and small groups
  • Indigenization in post-secondary education


Dr. Marcella LaFever (University of New Mexico, 2005) joined the faculty of the Communications Department at University of the Fraser Valley in January 2010. Marcella’s doctoral dissertation work focused on the meaning of relationship-building in the British Columbia treaty process and within a context of intercultural communication. Her interest in this topic stemmed from her consultation work in community development within Ktunaxa traditional territory and her home community of Golden, BC.

Dr. LaFever continues to be interested in optimizing the advantages of cultural diversity during small group decision-making including in her current project that investigates Indigenous storytelling as a communicative practice in public dialogue. Additionally, Marcella is involved in research, teaching, and committee work to advance efforts to Indigenize post-secondary education.

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