Byrad Yyelland

Byrad Yyelland

Phone: 403.440.6181
Email: byyelland@mtroyal.ca

2010 University of Calgary, EdD, Higher Education Administration
Specialization: Emotion management and organizational culture change

1992 University of Saskatchewan, M.A., Sociology
Specialization: Emotional labour in nursing

1988 University of Saskatchewan, B.A. (Hons) Psychology
Specialization: Social support and coping strategies of young offenders

Byrad Yyelland joined Mount Royal University in January of 2016 after 7 years overseas. From 2008–2015, Byrad taught sociology and psychology and led the Liberal Arts & Sciences program at the Doha, Qatar international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. While there he also developed and led the first American Honours program in the Arab Gulf. Prior to living in Doha, Byrad lived in Lloydminster, Alberta where he taught and led the University Transfer dept at Lakeland College. Earlier teaching years were at the University of Saskatchewan and colleges in that province.

Byrad's most recent work, 'The Creative Periphery', is co-authored with two colleagues from the Doha campus and is the result of a multi-year ethnographic study of 29 artist communities in 19 countries. 'The Creative Periphery' will be released by Intellect Books in the spring of 2017. Also with one of these co-authors, Byrad completed a 20 minute video documentary of a Brazilian favela. The documentary, 'Life in the Above', focuses on how social life is successfully negotiated in this unique physical and social environment.

Byrad is currently writing a book on the importance of recognizing emotion in the workplace, strategies for understanding the needs of your co-workers, and ways to provide emotionally supportive leadership. Targeting a general audience, the book is intended as a guide for leaders.

Byrad has also written about the benefits of linking the concepts and methodologies of the social sciences with design, the use of Appreciative Inquiry throughout the Arab Gulf, development of the first American Honours program in the Arab Gulf, student success at an American branch campus in the Arab Gulf, organizational culture change and emotional labour.

Byrad is a nationally recognized and award-winning faculty member, an experienced consultant and a sought after speaker. He is a professional-level member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and co-leads the Fast Track training program for professional speakers.

Identity in the 21st Century: Byrad Yyelland at TEDxEducationCity (2012)


2016 Seven Years of Appreciative Inquiry in the Arab Gulf, 2008-2015. AI Practitioner: Better Sport Through Appreciative Lenses and Practices, 18(2), 85-90. Retrieve from http://aipractitioner.com/

2015 Combining Design with Social Sciences for Powerful Interdisciplinarity Conference Proceedings, Interdisciplinary Design Symposium, 17-18 May 2014, Doha, Qatar

2015 With Duignan, P., Al Sharif, H. & Omar, H., From Commission to Social Movement: Research-led Design in Action. Design with the other 90%: Cumulus Johannesburg Conference Proceedings, Cumulus Johannesburg Conference, 22-24 September 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 With Bianchi, R., Strategic Planning Using Appreciative Inquiry in Qatar’s First American University Campus: Steps used and Lessons Learned During a period of Profound Change. AI Practitioner: The Long Term Impact of Appreciative Inquiry at Colleges and Universities, 16(2), 54-59.

2014 With Jeremijenko, V., West, P. & Keane, J., Souvenirs of the Senses: Collaborative and Cross-Artform Makings. Conference Proceedings, AAWP Writing Conference 18, Canberra, Australia.

2012 An American Honors Program in the Arab Gulf. Journal of The National Collegiate Honors Council, 13(2), 107-117.

2012 Setting the Stage for Sociological Analyses of Emotion and Kotter’s Organizational Culture Change Process. World Journal of Social Sciences, 2(7), 270-278. Retrieve from http://www.wbiaus.org/wjss_new.html

2012 Kicking Off A Semester With AI (vignette). In J. Cockell, J. McArthur-Blair & M. Schiller, Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

2012 The Significance of Emotion Management in Relation with Organizational Culture Change. Conference Proceedings, Asia-Pacific Business Research Conference. Kuala Lumpur. Retrieve from http://www.wbiconpro.com/Malaysia_management2012.htm

2011 Uh Oh, Where Are We Going? Methods Used in an Ethnographic Study of Organizational Culture Change in a Canadian College. The International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 4(23), 39-54. Retrieve from http://www.academia.edu/1436545/Methods_article

2009 Identity, Emotion Management and Generic Social Processes: An Ethnographic Study of Organizational Culture Change. The International Journal of the Humanities, 7(9),131-144. Retrieve from http://ijh.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.26/prod.1674

2009 With Paine, P., Qatari Women and Ten Years of American Design School. The International Journal of the Humanities, 7(9), 119-130. Retrieve from http://ijh.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.26/prod.1676

Finalist for The International Award for Excellence — New Directions in the Humanities, 2009