Effective July 2020, I have been affiliated with Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management in the School of Business. Prior to that I was an associate professor with the Faculty of Extension (2017 - 2020) and the School of Public Health (1997 - 2016). I began my academic career as an assistant professor in the School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University in 1989.
Although my graduate academic preparation is strongly concentrated in the fields of organizational behaviour and human resource management, my research interests focus on better understanding the seminal contribution that human resources play in creating high performance health care organizations and health systems. I have conducted research in healthcare organizations and with healthcare employees investigating the implementation of: high-involvement work systems, employee engagement programs, the impact of organizational change and restructuring on physicians and nurses, organizational climate and culture, and have conducted research investigating intellectual, social and human capital in healthcare workplaces. I am developing a new direction for my future research: exploring innovations that arise through university research and uncover the individual, workplace, and institutional factors that explain academic faculty entrepreneurial behaviour in professional schools of engineering, medicine, and business. I employ a broad array of methodological approaches in my research, although many utilize survey methods and quantitative analysis. Most of my research studies focus on exploring how organizational, institutional, workplace performance can be enhanced through the effective management and development of people at work. My research has been widely published and has been presented at many national and international conferences. I consult with a number of key stakeholders and health policy makers, including Health Canada.
My philosophy of teaching is informed by a number of factors that include, but are not limited to mandated course content that I am required to cover, student learning objectives, my preferred teaching style, instructional strategies and approaches, and the chosen methods for the evaluation of student learning outcomes. In summary, my teaching philosophy is informed by three major factors: the content of what I teach and the venue in which learning is enabled, the means that best facilitates student learning and student engagement with the learning process, and my own preferred teaching style.
For more on my teaching philosophy, please see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_n8WM_dEd2t3TDR7KznPd0HzzB0zcqi7dzk1tLfboZg/edit
Designed to assist students to identify relevant systems and metrics that are cost effective, measure necessary variables, and establish benchmarks. Topics such as: cost per hire, turnover rates/costs, training and human capital ROI, labor/productivity rates and costs, benefit costs per employee, sick leave usage will be covered.Continuing Ed Fall 2020
An elective course on selected topics in community engagement.Winter Term 2021