Faculty

Dr. Jacquie Green

Director & Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Kundoqk, Jacquie Green is from the Haisla Nation. She is the Director and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and holds a BSW, MPA, and a PhD through the Faculty of Human and Social Development. Her PhD focus includes an analysis of traditional teachings (Nuyuum) implemented within leadership, practices standards and policy.

Committed to decolonization and cultural renewal, her research interests involve strategizing programs and policies that incorporate a strong Indigenous focus and analysis. She currently is a project manager for the Indigenous Child Well-Being Research Network through the faculty of Human and Social Development.

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Office: HSD B302a
Dr. Billie Allan

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Billie Allan joined the School of Social Work in July 2016.
Office: HSD B342
Dr. Jeannine Carriere

Professor
School of Social Work

Jeannine Carriere is Metis originally from the Red River area of southern Manitoba and has been a visitor on Coast Salish Territories since 2005. Her research interests are in the areas of Indigenous child welfare particularly adoption and identity for Indigenous children.

Dr. Carriere has extensive publications including her recent book, Calling Our Families Home: Metis Peoples' Experiences with Child Welfare. She has received a number of awards for her work in Indigenous child welfare including the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)'s Adoption Advocacy Award.

 

Office: HSD B306
Dr. Rhonda Hackett

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Rhonda Hackett joined the School of Social Work in July 2016.
Office: HSD B314
Yvonne Haist

Assistant Teaching Professor
School of Social Work
Yvonne Haist's background is in early childhood education, adult education, social work, counseling psychology and in practices of somatic transformation. With this experience, she seeks ways to bridge teachings across these various disciplines. Her areas of interest and expertise include: embodied practice, working with trauma, group processes as means to social transformation and the intersection of the politic and the spiritual in social work practice.
Office: HSD B320
Dr. Cindy Holmes

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Cindy’s interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching is informed by decolonial and anti-racist feminist, queer and trans theories and social justice movements. Her research and teaching interests include: intersections between violence, health and place; the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, Two-Spirit and trans people; best practices to support gender creative, Two-Spirit and trans children and their families; white settler colonialism, decolonization and practices of allyship; ethics; critical discourse analysis; health geography; community development; and community-based participatory action research methodologies, including Photovoice and other arts-based approaches.

Cindy is a queer, cisgender, white settler of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry raised in the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in the city known as Guelph Ontario, and is a family member of trans and gender nonconforming people.
Office: HSD B304
Dr. Donna Jeffery

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Donna Jeffery’s research and teaching interests include: race and gender issues in the production of professional subjectivity; poststructural analyses of power and knowledge; intersectionality in the social organization of dominance and marginality; social work history. She completed her doctoral studies in sociology in education at OISE/University of Toronto. Her dissertation is entitled, A Terrain of Struggle: Reading Race in Social Work Education.

Donna's current research examines environmentalism, how ideologies of nature operate in social and political spaces, and particularly, how the physical environment is represented in social work discourse. The next phase of this research will extend this methodological approach to the intersections of food politics and forms of social difference.

Office: HSD B332
Dr. Patricia MacKenzie

Associate Professor & Grad Advisor
School of Social Work

Patricia MacKenzie joined the School of Social Work as an Associate Professor in July 1999. She served as the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Human and Social Development (2003 to 2005) and as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2005 to 2012). Prior to arriving at UVic, she was an Associate Professor and Director of the Saskatoon Community Education Center at the University of Regina. She also practiced as a social worker in Victoria for several years.

Pat's primary research interests are in the area of mentoring, the scholarship of learning and teaching, health care, ageing and interdisciplinary practice. She teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs and is a research affiliate at UVic's Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health (Centre on Aging).

 

Office: HSD B336
Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha has worked for many years with children and their families, particularly in inner city, poor areas populated with people from visible minority communities. Her research interests include anti-oppressive practice and teaching; children's rights; child welfare practice and policy.

Office: HSD A330
Cheryl  Moir-van Iersel

Assistant Teaching Professor
School of Social Work

As an Assistant Teaching Professor my primary focus is the pedagogy of teaching. Specifically, I am concerned with examining the elements of engaged classrooms which create curiosity, risk taking and critical reflection and which reflect a holistic learning strategy. Over the past decade I have incorporated art resources/tools/methods within my classrooms to create a balance between traditional academic learning and learning which centers intuition, creativity, play and imagination.

My professional interests include non-traditional teaching methods, practice mentorship, feminist group work practice, and online learning pedagogies.

 

Office: HSD B326
Gayle Ployer

Assistant Teaching Professor
School of Social Work

Gayle Ployer became a faculty member in the School of Social Work in 2014.

Office: HSD B350
Dr. Susan Strega

Professor
School of Social Work

Susan Strega's areas of specialization and interest include: anti-oppressive/anti-racist practice, research methodologies, discourse analysis, feminist methods, post-structural approaches, child welfare, sex work and violence against women. She teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs.

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Office: HSD B324
Dr. Robina Thomas

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Qwul'sih'yah'maht, Robina Thomas is Lyackson of the Coast Salish Nation. She holds a BSW, MSW, and a PhD in Indigenous Governance.

Robina is committed to Indigenous education and her research interests include storytelling, residential schools and Uy'skwuluwun: on being Indigenous. She is dedicated to understanding anti-racism and anti-oppression and how these can be 'lived'.

Office: FPH 149
Dr. Bruce Wallace

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Bruce Wallace's research focuses on poverty, health and equity. He brings over twenty years of experiences with non-profit agencies, often collaborating with consumer-led agencies focused on poverty, homelessness, health, mental health and substance use. He is a Collaborating Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC), Co-Chair of the Pacific Housing Research Network (PHRN), and a committee member of UVic’s Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community-University Engagement’s Research & Development Committee.

His current research includes: principal investigator of Preventing and Reducing Harms of Substance Use in Homeless Shelter Programs project; co-investigator with the Equity-oriented Primary Health Care Interventions for Marginalized Populations project, the Equitable Access to Care for People with Life Limiting Conditions project, the Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) program, and Working Together: Evaluating the Implementation of Integrated Services for People Experiencing Homelessness and Problematic Substance Use; and as a co-principal investigator on the Role of Transitional Housing in Recovery from Homelessness and Substance Use research project.

Bruce teaches policy and research courses in both the BSW and MSW programs.

Office: HSD B334