Joanna Cockerline, MA


English, English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Management
Other Titles: English
Office: CCS 332
Phone: 250.807.8273

Research Summary

Management communications; Science and engineering communications;
Interdisciplinary and intercultural communications; Creative writing; Contemporary Canadian fiction and memoir; Contemporary East African writing and cultural productions; Intersectional feminisms; Survivor narratives; and Writing that inspires social change.

Courses & Teaching

ENGL 112 Studies in Composition
MGMT 240 Introduction to Management Communications
Program Leader: Go Global Tanzania (2019) and Go Global East Africa (2020)
ENGL 395E “Beyond Borders: Strategies for Interdisciplinary, Intercultural Communications”
ENGL 395F “Writing a Place, Writing a Self: Travel Writing, Representations of East Africa, and East African Literature and Cultural Production”


Joanna Cockerline is cross-appointed as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan, where she has taught since 2011. Previously, she designed and directed an interdisciplinary writing skills program at the University of Guelph for over a decade. She has published articles on cross-curricular and embedded writing pedagogy.

Joanna leads her own writing, editing, and writing consulting business, working with firms and organizations throughout Canada and across the globe. She works in sectors spanning engineering, international airports, infrastructure, travel and tourism, sports and recreation, the financial industry, and geotechnical and environmental initiatives, among others. Joanna has contributed to projects of all scales, from community not-for-capital-profit organizations to joint-venture initiatives with capital values in the multi-billion dollar ranges.

To benefit her students at UBC, Joanna enjoyed bringing insights and leading-edge practices gained as a writing consultant and communications instructor for professional managers, engineers, and financial professionals. Within the community, Joanna is actively involved as a Board of Directors member, literacy and writing mentor, and nighttime street outreach volunteer for H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Exploited), a grassroots organization devoted to women working and/or living on Kelowna’s streets.

A CBC Literary Awards prizewinner, Joanna has published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and non-fiction. She is currently working on a novel.

To all initiatives, Joanna strives to cultivate welcoming, inclusive atmospheres inspired by ongoing learning from a wealth of diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives across our local and global communities.



B.A. English (Honours), University of Guelph, M.A. English (Honours with Distinction), University of Guelph, Graduate Certificate, Humber School of Creative Writing

Selected Publications & Presentations

Presentations, Articles, Short Stories, Poetry, and Readings:

Annual Keynote Speaker: “Creating Successful Proposals.” Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services. Vancouver, BC, Canada.  2019.

“Cultural Stereotypes in African Literature: Changing the Narrative for the 21st Century Reader” Speaker, African Writers’ Conference – African Writers’ Development Trust. Nairobi, Kenya. 2019.

“Assessing Writing Skills across the Curriculum.”  Cockerline, J. and Rice, K.  Journal of North American College Teachers of Agriculture. 50. 2 (2006): 65-80.

Invited Public Readings: Various events, from “Bully to You!  Voicing Views of Violence”, YMCA-YWCA Toronto, to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Ontario.  2003 – Present.

“Blank Spaces.”  En Route Magazine.  June 2003. 67-70.

“Postcards (Not Sent) From Africa.”  The Fiddlehead.  Summer 2003.  59-64. 

“Cold Lake, Alberta, December.” Room of One’s Own [now Room].  24:2 (2001). 90-91.

Selected Grants & Awards

Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, 2018

CBC Literary Award – Short Story, 2003

Canada Council for the Arts Grant, 2002

Ontario Arts Council Grant, 2002

Graduate Studies Scholarship, Humber School of Creative Writing, 2001

Distinguished M.A. Thesis Prize (Top Masters thesis in the College of Arts), University of
Guelph, 2000

Board of Governors Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Guelph, 1999

University of Guelph Murray Medal (for academics, leadership, and community engagement), 1999

ScotiaBank Young Canadian Woman of the Year, 1995

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Joint Appointment – Faculty of Management, University of British Columbia


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