Adjunct and Emeritus faculty

Lena DominelliLena Dominelli, Adjunct Professor
BA (Simon Fraser), MA, PhD (Sussex)

Barbara M. Herringer, Adjunct Associate Professor
BA (Alberta), BSW, MSW (British Columbia), PhD (Victoria)

Methodology; women's health; HIV/AIDS; marginalization

Margaret Kovach, Adjunct Assistant Professor
BA, BSW (Regina), MSW (Carleton), PhD (Victoria)


June PrestonJune Preston, Adjunct Assistant Professor
BA, MSW (Calgary)

Retired, Director, Family Education Services, VIHA, located, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, managing parenting education programs, specialized services and support for parents: pre/post natal; preterm infants, postpartum support, grief counseling, post-adoption support and respite care.

Board experience: Oak Bay Police Board; BC Council for Families; Adoption Council of Canada and Member, Board Development Program, United Way; Life Lay Bencher, Law Society of BC

Community Social Services Network/Education: Member, Coordinating Committee, Greater Victoria Association of Family Serving Agencies (AFSA) hosting workshops / conferences, through collaboration between staff of nonprofit health and social services agencies, Government and University of Victoria.

Phone: 250-598-1343

Catherine Richardson, Adjunct Associate ProfessorCathy Richardson
BA (UVic), PDPP (UVic), Masters of Education (UVic), PhD (UVic)

Deborah Rutman, Adjunct Associate Professor
BSc (University of Toronto), MA (University of Toronto), PhD (University of Toronto)

Andrew Armitage

Andrew Armitage
BSc (London), BA (Canterbury), MSW (British Columbia), PhD (Bristol), Professor Emeritus.

Social policy, child welfare policy and practice, Aboriginal policy, international comparative social policy, administration and management, and social work education.

Leslie BrownLeslie Brown
PhD (University of Victoria)

Research Methods (most particularly critical qualitative approaches), Community Development, Child Welfare, Indigenous Governance and Human Services.

Marilyn CallahanMarilyn Callahan
BA, BSW, MSW (British Columbia), PhD (Bristol), Professor Emerita.

Child welfare, employment equity, gender discrimination

John Cossom
BA (Western Ontario), BSW, MSW (Toronto), Associate Professor Emeritus.

Andrew Farquharson
BA (Bishop’s), MSW (McGill), MEd, EdD (Toronto), Professor Emeritus.

Yvonne HaistYvonne Haist
ECE Diploma (Capilano College), BSW (University of Victoria), AdEd Diploma (UBC), M.Ed (University of Victoria), SEP (Counselling Psychology), Somatic Transformation Practitioner, Assistant Teaching Professor Emerita.

Photo of Patricia MacKenziePatricia MacKenzie
MSW (UBC), PhD (U of Edinburgh)

pmillerPamela Miller
BA (Maryhurst), MSW, PhD “Philosophy” (Indiana), PhD “Social Work” (Ohio), Professor Emerita.

Cheryl MVICheryl Moir-van Iersel
BA (Calgary), MSW (UBC), Assistant Teaching Professor Emerita.

profile photoDr. Susan Strega
BSW (UM), MSW (UVic), PhD (U of Southampton), Professor Emerita.

David TurnerDavid Turner
LLB (Sheffield), DipSW and Admin (Oxford), Associate Professor Emeritus.

David is Associate Professor Emeritus whose research and practice interests include political ideology, advocacy, conflict resolution, human rights and social policy (child welfare and justice)and social planning. He is involved in neighbourhood development, human rights advocacy and anti-racism.


Barbara WhittingtonBarbara Whittington
BA, MSW (UBC), Associate Professor Emerita.

Dr. Elias CheboudDr. Elias Cheboud
BSW, MSW, PhD (Victoria), Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Elias Cheboud (1959–2010) was a remarkable colleague and friend who died very suddenly on Dec. 12 while working outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, doing what he loved: working for peace alongside colleagues from around the globe. A memorial service for colleagues, alumni, family and friends took place on Dec. 20 at the Interfaith Chapel.

Elias received a UVic Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1996, an MSW from UBC and a UVic PhD in education in 2001. He taught at UVic, at Dalhousie University, in the United Arab Emirates and at Addis Ababa School of Social Work and Department of Gender Studies, and with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

He influenced many fortunate students and staff in the schools of social work and far beyond with his efforts in peace building and linking UVic with his beloved Ethiopia.

Elias was a faculty member at the United Nations University for Peace in Addis Ababa at the time of his death. He is survived by his two sons and their mother, his brother, and family and friends in Canada as well as his mother, his sisters and extended family in Ethiopia.

His close colleagues and friends around the world will do our best to continue the UVic-Ethiopia work of peace building and community development.

Submitted by Professor Barb Whittington (social work) to UVic News - February 25, 2011.

Marjorie D. Martin
BA, BSW, MSW (British Columbia), Associate Professor Emerita.

Roberta Taylor
BSW, MSW (Victoria), Senior Instructor Emerita.

Roberta Taylor, senior instructor in the School of Social Work, passed away on June 25. “Robbie,” as her friends called her, was diagnosed in late March with an aggressive non-treatable form of cancer. In true “Robbie” fashion, she and her children organized a celebration of life, which wove together a rich tapestry of people involved in the many facets of her life and where stories, music and readings were shared with Robbie and her family present. Taylor’s academic family has been the School of Social Work since the 1980s when she earned her BSW and then MSW at the school. She started teaching full-time in the school in 1993 and received the Faculty Teaching Excellence award in 2000.

Before becoming an academic, Roberta was a commercial pilot and flight instructor for 17 years, flying in northern Ontario and BC, where she developed relationships with Indigenous peoples who served as clients and co-workers. After a serious car accident ended her successful aviation career, she focused her energy on education, the environment and equity issues. In recognition of her early flight path, Roberta received the 2011 Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award, named to recognize a Canadian woman’s contribution to the aviation or aerospace industry and to society as a whole.

To say that we miss her does not capture the loss we all feel, but her kind determination, commitment to justice in all areas of her life and her strong character has made its mark on our school and will always be with us.

Before she died, Roberta and her family worked with the school to set up a scholarship in her name with preference given to a mature student. Her students are a great legacy of her work and commitment to social justice, as is the scholarship, which will benefit students in the School of Social Work in perpetuity. Anyone wanting more information or to make a donation to the Roberta Taylor Scholarship should contact [UVic Development Office at 250-721-7624 (Toll-free: 1-877-721-7624) or ].

Submitted by Pamela Miller, director of the School of Social Work to UVic News - July 5, 2012

Dr. Brian Wharf
BA, BSW, MSW, PhD (Brandeis), Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Brian Wharf, an amazing UVic citizen and distinguished Social Work educator, died on August 11. Brian was originally lured to UVic in the mid 1970s by the challenge of building a brand new school of social work. His vision was of a school where accessibility, civic engagement, strong scholarship and dynamic teaching would be central. His colleagues and students remember Brian for his commitment to egalitarianism and civic engagement and for his passion for writing and teaching in child welfare and social policy. Following his belief in education beyond the Ring Road, he began curriculum development 25 years ago in the areas of distance learning and First Nations social work education. Brian’s 11 books as well as his numerous articles and chapters made him a national leader in social work education. Following his seven years as professor and director of the school, Brian Wharf became dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development. As president of the Canadian Association for Schools of Social Work he used his vision nationally, receiving several awards, most recently the Distinguished Social Work Award. His daughters Joan and Sandy, his wife Marilyn Callahan, their families, and Brian’s community and university colleagues say goodbye with heavy hearts and with gratitude.

Submitted by Professor Barb Whittington, School of Social Work to UVic News - December 6, 2011