Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Jeanette Robertson

Name: Dr. Jeanette Robertson
Position: Professor Emerita
Affiliation: Social Work


Dr. Jeanette Robertson, Professor Emerita retired in August 2017. During her 20 years at the university she served as Chair of the School of Social Work and Human Service, Coordinator, and Field Education Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work Program. Dr. Robertson relocated to Vancouver where she continues to teach courses in Gerontology and Social Services, and she also enjoys mentoring graduates pursuing graduate and doctoral studies.

Her scholarly engagement was supported through research grants as co-investigator and principal investigator through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Metropolis BC, and internal university grants. She was engaged in research related to social work field education, disability studies, and immigrant settlement experiences in smaller and rural cities. This scholarship has been devoted to exploring the lived experience of people in relation to social inclusion/exclusion in higher education and healthcare. Her doctoral research consisted of a national Canadian study that investigated the experience and approach of field education coordinators in addressing student professional suitability concerns.

Her experience in the disability and aging fields extends to roles of community educator, social work practitioner, program coordinator, Community Living BC Council member, and rehabilitation worker in both the voluntary and governmental sector in Alberta and British Columbia (hospital, palliative, residential settings, day programs, respite services, and community living services).

Research Interests

- Exploring the lived experience of people with disabilities
- Social inclusion/exclusion of equity seeking groups
- Spirituality and healthcare
- Social work field education
- Professional suitability in social work


- Doctor of Education, University of British Columbia, 2010
- Master of Social Work, University of Victoria, 1996
- Bachelor of Social Work, University of Calgary, 1993
- Social Service Diploma, Mount Royal University, 1990



Robertson, J. & Larson, G. (Eds.). [2016]. Disability and social change: A progressive Canadian approach, Fernwood Publishing.


Robertson, J. [2016]. Exploring the conceptualization of disability and demographics as 'facts'. In J. Robertson & G. Larson. (Eds), Disability and social change: A progressive Canadian approach, (Chapter 4). Fernwood Publishing.

Robertson, J. & Larson, G. [2016]. Introduction. In J. Robertson & G. Larson. (Eds), Disability and social change: A progressive Canadian approach, (Introduction). Fernwood Publishing.

Larson, G., & Robertson, J. [2016]. Reflections and final thoughts. In J. Robertson & G. Larson. (Eds), Disability and social change: A progressive Canadian approach, (Chapter 12). Fernwood Publishing.

Allen, H. & Robertson, J. (2013). Transitioning from field to professional practice. In J. Drolet, N. Clark & H. Allen. (Eds), Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Social Work and Human Service (Chapter 14). Toronto, ONT: Pearson Education Canada.


Robertson, J. (2013). Addressing professional suitability in social work education: Results of a study of field education coordinators' experience in Canada. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 11(3).

Coriale, L., Larson, G., & Robertson, J. (June 2012). Exploring the educational experience of a social work student with a disability: A narrative. Social Work Education. 31(4), 422-434.

Drolet, J. & Robertson, J. (December 2011). Settlement experiences of family class immigrants in a small city: Kamloops, BC. Metropolis BC: Working Paper #11-19.

Drolet, J., & Robertson, J. (Spring 2011). In the smaller city a settlement worker wears many hats: Understanding settlement experiences in Kamloops, British Columbia. Our Diverse Cities, 8, 139-144.

Drolet, J., Robertson, J., & Robinson, W. (Fall 2010). Settlement experiences in a small city: Voices of family class immigrants and of settlement workers. Settlement of Newcomers to Canada: Canadian Social Work, 12 (1), 218-223.

Robertson, J. (2010). Gatekeeping in social work education: Through the eyes of field education coordinators. Perspectives, Newsletter of the BC Association of Social Workers, 32(2), 10-11.

Drolet, J., Robertson, J., Multani, P., Robinson, W., & Wroz, M. (2008). Settlement experiences in a small city: Kamloops, British Columbia, Small Cities Imprint, 1 (1), 21-30.

Larson, G., & Robertson, J. (2007). Exploring the experiences of BSW students in Christian-based Practicum Settings, Social Work and Christianity, 34 (3), 244-258.

Employment History

Fall 2017 & 2012-13, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Social Work Program.

2003-2006, Coordinator and faculty liaison (SOCW 560) for Master of Social Work Distance Field Program for Kamloops and Region, School of Social Work and Family Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

2000-2003, Casual Social Worker, Interior Health Authority, Royal Inland Hospital, (adult psychiatry, oncology and all other wards), Kamloops, BC.

1999-2000, Casual Social Worker, Interior Health Authority, Community Mental Health Services, Kamloops, BC.

1997-1998, Social Worker, Ministry for Children and Family Development: Community Living Services, Kamloops and Duncan, BC.

1994-1997, Coordinator, Children's Respite Services, Cowichan Valley Association for Community Living, Duncan, BC.

1993-1994, Financial Assistance Worker, Ministry of Social Services, Kamloops, BC.

1986 - 1988, Administrative Assistant, Long Term Care, Ministry of Health, Coquitlam, BC

1983 - 1986, Administrative Assistant, Long Term Care, Capital Regional District, Victoria, BC

Courses Taught

- Introduction to Social Work Practice
- Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada
- Introduction to Social Work Research
- Social Work Field Practice
- Theory and Ideology of Social Work
- Models of Practice in Social Work
- Human Development
- Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
- Educating for Social Change
- Special Topics in Social Work: Introduction to Disability Issues
- Introduction to Disability Studies
- Directed Studies
- Field Instructor Certification (HUMS 052)

- Directed Field Studies in Social Work II

Professional Affiliations

- British Columbia Association of Social Workers
- British Columbia College of Social Workers
- Canadian Association of Social Work Education


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